AS/NZS 1891.4 AND AS/NZS 5532 Roof Anchor Compliance, Testing, Application & Status
This information is true and correct as at August 2021
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) - View Test Report
- “GET THE FACTS” from Safe Work NSW Fact Sheet” - View SafeWork Status & Facts Update August 2019
ANKAme roof anchors have been strength Tested to AS/NZS 1891.4:2009 Single Point anchors up to 15KN 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 1891.4:2009
Product 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 SafeWork NSW, ANKAme will carry out no additional testing until current standards have been reviewed and updated, as advised by SafeWork NSW.
SafeWork NSW advice is:
- Product would be expected to comply with the strength requirements of the well-established AS/NZS 1891.4 until the review of AS/NZS 5532 is completed
- While AS/NZS 5532 is under review, manufacturers will not be expected to produce product complying with AS/NZS 5532; however any complying product would be considered acceptable
- 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
3 key points currently under review for AS/NZS 5532:2013 Manufacturing requirements
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.
Roof Anchor Point 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 SafeWork NSW)