ANKAme | Roof Anchor Points tested & approved by SafeWork

name: ANKAme | Roof Anchor Points tested & approved by SafeWork

 

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AS/NZS 1891.4 AND AS/NZS 5532 Roof Anchor Compliance, Testing

Status & Application 

 

THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION IS TRUE AND CORRECT AS AT 2021

Protecting the safety of workers who work at heights is critical so ANKAme products comply with the agreed relevant standards such as

 

ABOUT ANKAme ROOF ANCHOR TESTING ( 2010 - 2021 ) FULLY COMPLIANT ANKAme roof anchors have been strength tested as per AS/NZS 1891.4:2009 testing requirements, single point anchors up to 15KN of "Static load" (approximately 1.5 tones of load) in directional use. Witness tested by Test Safe Australia a division of SafeWork NSW, that at the time of testing were NATA accredited for testing roof anchors to AS/NZS 1891.4:2009Product testing required load to ONLY achieve max load (15KN), Test Safe Australia decided to hold the max load of (15KN) for 2:30 minutes, the new standard AS/NZS 5532:2013 is now asking for the same testing requirements to hold the load for 3:00 minutes.AS/NZS is currently under review by Standards Australia, SafeWork NSW, and also by the assistant to the prime minister and cabinet. ANKAme will carry out no additional testing until current standards have been reviewed and updated, as previously advised by SafeWork NSW

 

SafeWork NSW Clarifies:

  • Each anchorage point should comply with the requirements of AS/NZS 1891:4 Industrial fall-arrest systems and devices selection, use and maintenance

  • Also the falls code include references to the AS/NZS 1891 series and ‘relevant Australian/New Zealand Standards’

 

Australian Standards AS/NZS 1891.4:2009 and AS/NZS 5532:2013 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:

 

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. Safety Standards Australia Standards Australia is also currently reviewing the non-mandatory AS/NZS 5532 standard based on the outcomes of an industry forum hosted in February 2015 with a view to issuing a revised 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 SafeWork NSW

 

However, since the publication of AS/NZS 5532, we also know that:

  • Some sectors of industry raised issues concerning AS/NZS 5532

  • In response to this, Standards Australia held a fall arrest anchor forum in February 2015 to clarify the industry concerns with the Standard.  No clear outcome was derived.

  • In the August 2015 call for nominations, Standards Australia received further project proposals calling for review of AS/NZS 5532.

  • A project was not started, as it was determined the committee should complete the extensive body of work currently in progress before initiating any new projects (i.e. reviewing AS/NZS 1891 parts 1 and 3, and drafting a new AS/NZS 1891.5).

  • There have been no known instances of a correctly installed and inspected anchor that complies with the strength requirements from AS/NZS 1891.4 failing during a fall arrest incident.

 

Given the above, SafeWork NSW advice is:

  • Product would be expected to comply with either the strength requirements of AS/NZS 1891.4 or AS/NZS 5532.

  • The fall arrest systems being used with the anchors should provide energy absorbers, or other means, that limit the peak load on the harness connection and thus anchor during a fall to 6kN, as per the AS/NZS 1891 suite of standards

  • Once the issues are resolved with AS/NZS 5532, manufacturers would be expected to be supplying complying product within 2 years

  • AS/NZS 5532 is not expected to apply retrospectively to existing installed anchors; AS/NZS 1891.4 would be the relevant standard to apply

  • Inspection programs based on AS/NZS 1891.4, including annual load testing of chemical and friction anchors, should continue for all installed anchors

  • Where anchors are found to be damaged or not to have been installed in accordance with the manufacturers’ instructions - eg roof mounted anchors with insufficient fasteners or installed in roof sheeting that is thinner than specified - the anchors be made compliant with the manufacturer’s instructions, or replaced