​Falls Code Of Practice | Safe Work Australia | Legislation THE LAW

​Falls Code Of Practice | Safe Work Australia | Legislation THE LAW

HOW TO MANAGE YOUR OBLIGATIONS, RIGHTS AND LEGAL REQUIERMENTS WHEN WORKING AT HEIGHTS USING ROOF ANCHORS POINTS AND RELATED HEIGHT SAFETY EQUIPMENT

Managing the risk of falls in the workplace and understanding your rights and obligations as a company and as an employee / or individual it is very important to avoiding serious injury and possible death when working at heights

That's why we have provided this article so you can easily access the detailed information you require for compliance, regulation rules of engagement and related criteria  for everyone to understand your rights and obligations 


As clearly outlined in the FALLS CODE OF PRACTICE roof anchors and static lines and ladder access brackets must comply to the following standards;

  • AS/NZS 1891.4:2009: Industrial fall-arrest systems and devices – Selection, use and maintenance ( Roof anchors )
  • AS/NZS 1891.2 Supp 1:2001: Industrial fall-arrest systems and devices – Horizontal lifeline and rail systems Prescribed configurations for horizontal lifelines ( Roof anchor static line systems )
  • AS/NZS 1657:2018: Fixed platforms, walkways, stairways and ladders – Design, construction and installation ( Ladder access brackets )


The following points should also be noted for industry safety and product compliance awareness:

  • NOTE: 15kn of load is approximately 1500kg of load - tested in the direction of a fall as per AS/NZS 1891.4:2009
  • NOTE: there is NO dynamic testing in AS/NZS for surface mounted roof anchors ( eg. dropping a 100kg weight approximately 2 meters )
  • NOTE: be aware that stainless steel roof anchors are not compatible with direct contact to Colourbond or Zincalume roof sheeting and Aluminium fasteners / rivets are also NOT compatible with Stainless Steel, refer to blue scope steel compatibility chart HERE