HRC Safety

FAQ's

Safety experts for roof access systems & working at height

Western Australia & Tasmania

Working at height is a dangerous business without the correct equipment, training and procedures in place.

SafeWork Australia and the SafeWork authorities in each state, define the design, installation, testing, inspection and certification requirements for roof access systems and the associated working at height equipment. 

This can be a complex issue to navigate for many construction companies, as well as building owners and operators.

Frequently Asked Questions

Below is a group of the most common questions we get asked by our clients.

Equipment like this or a complete working-at-heights access system is required when a worker is required to complete work over 2m in height or above.

As a building owner or manager, it is our responsibility to ensure that any roof or height access system has been installed correctly and is certified for use by competent persons.  In some cases, the system might allow for general access.  However, in most cases, a worker will be required to complete a work-at-height permit before accessing the access system.  This can include a requirement for specific training or qualifications, depending on the type of access system, the work required and the risk levels.

An accredited installer or a systems inspector should be able to inspect the system and confirm if it has been installed to the manufacturer’s specifications or Australian Standards, including any remedial works necessary to achieve compliance if necessary.

All of our fall protection equipment and working at height systems are designed, supplied, installed and inspected to ensure they comply with the current Australian Standards.

Generally speaking, height safety equipment should all be supplied and installed by the same manufacturer, as supplementing other brands into a system may not comply with the original design and testing specifications.

All roof access systems must be certified to make sure they are safe to use. Regular inspection and certification will make sure there are no failure points, unexpected hazards or maintenance issues, for example. This will ensure that the system is safe for the next person to use.

If a height safety system has not been commissioned correctly or certified within the inspection period, it can be deemed unsafe to use or tagged-out.  This can only be deemed safe following re-certified by a qualified person.

This is different in each state. In Western Australia, it is required every 6 months and in Tasmania, it is every 12 months.

If you have a copy of the system installation diagrams or any previous inspection reports, these would be very useful.  However, if none of this is available, a building floor plan or roof plan would be great.  We’re also interested to inspect your company induction process to make sure relevant requirements are addressed in this process

Each inspection and certification comes with a complete inspection record, including photos of any rectification work completed and a summary of any corrective actions required after the inspection.

This is a risk control system that helps workers identify the risks that are likely when approaching a work task above 2m, for example working from a large ladder or accessing a roof area.  After assessing the risk, the hierarchy of controls can be used to select appropriate control measures that eliminate or minimise those risks, so that the work can be undertaken safely.

A Working at Heights Certificate is the qualification completed by persons looking to undertake regular work at height.  This includes the supply and installation of working at height equipment & systems and the testing and certification of this equipment.  This qualification is valid for 2 years, after which a competency test is required.

Specific training in height safety or Australian Standards is required in order to carry out work at heights system auditing. 

Safety harnesses should only be fitted to the manufacturer’s instructions or specifications.

Rope access is rated to 12KN and fall arrest anchor points are rated to 15KN.

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