Protecting the safety of workers who work at heights is critical so ANKAme products comply with the agreed relevant standards such as:
- AS/NZS 1891.4: 2009 – Single Point Anchorage (15Kn)
- AS/NZS 1891.2: Supplement 1:2001 – Static Line Use (15Kn)
There was broad agreement among the participants that the forum was a first step for all stakeholders to agree on the key issues, and not a platform to consider solutions to the challenges.
Participants broadly agreed on a potential scope for future revisions to the Safety Standards. The three areas identified for potential review were related to test requirements for manufacturers, specifically:
- i) 15kN static load test.
The 15 kN static load test requirement is a potential area for review on whether it should apply to all anchor types and whether the load is appropriate.
- ii) Drop Test (Dynamic Test):
In reviewing the 15 kN static load test requirement, the drop test (dynamic test) requirements should be reviewed accordingly, including the sequence of the testing and the drop height and/or weight in the dynamic test.
- iii) Test bed:
The orientation of the test system is an area for review.
The committee can also consider including testing requirements for different categories of substrates.
Specifically, clause 6.1 can be clarified as to which anchor types need to be tested on a test bed.
Australian Standards AS/NZS 5532 and AS/NZS 1891.4
The Work Health and Safety legislation, SafeWork NSW has published a fact sheet explaining their expectations.
Find out about the guidelines and expectations now set by Safework NSW and Safety SAI Global.
Providing advice on fall arrest anchors for:
- AS 1891.4: 2009 Industrial fall-arrest systems and devices Part 4: Selection, use and maintenance
- AS/NZS 5532:2013 Manufacturing requirements for single point anchor devices used for harness-based work at height
- Work Health and Safety (WHS) legislation.
The fact sheet has been developed to clarify the situation given the apparent confusion regarding AS/NZS 5532 and subsequent marketing of anchor inspection and replacement services based on assertions that the standard applies retrospectively.
Click the following links to view the workcover.nsw.gov.au media publication
Safety Standards Australia
Safety Standards Australia is also currently reviewing the non-mandatory AS/NZS 5532 standard based on the outcomes of an industry forum hosted in February of this year with a view to issuing a revised standard.
Once Standards Australia complete their review and publish the revised standard ANKAme will be able to work to ensure all their products comply with this new standard.
In the meantime, you can be assured that ANKAme products undergo thorough stress tests and comply with the relevant AS/NZS 1891.4: 2009 and AS/NZS 1891.2: Supplement 1:2001 standards, so with ANKAme product your workers will all work safely at Heights.
(ANKAme roof anchors have been independently tested by a NATA Accredited company specifically for testing roof anchor points to AS/NSZ 1891.4:2009 proudly tested by Test Safe a division of Work Cover NSW)