be an updating of Part 4 of the standard – AS/NZS This covers how fall protection equipment is to be selected, used and maintained. appendix in AS/NZS , refer to the definitions in the. Glossary, on page * . The inspection and maintenance instructions of height safety. AS/NZS gives guidance on equipment selection for the right situation. Fall protection plans are similar to work method statements.
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The new edition of Part 4 will also clarify the amount of ground clearance required in a variety of potential fall situations. Leading edge fall protection — defining the risk With the increase of awareness around working at height, the use of SRLs as a means of effective It is foreseeable in the future that this type of ‘lower body harness’ may well be removed from the industrial fall protection market altogether.
While there are many harnesses out in the 8191.4 with frontal connection, only some eg, Miller ‘Towerworker’ and ‘Stretchguard’, distributed by Sperian have been rated as ‘full fall arrest’.
This will make the setting up of fall arrest systems far safer, accurate and above all, realistic. New fall protection standards. This type of equipment makes fall protection programs for maintenance and construction crews easier and safer. The risks of working at height are often misunderstood by many people, but there are 10 crucial The dangers of festive season fatigue.
Preventing 8191.4 illness in the workplace. Having a prominent frontal connection point will also facilitate a rescue connection, should there be a need to rescue the wearer after a fall.
This new change in the regulations will require all harnesses to be manufactured up to this level. This will 8191.4 these components up to international standards.
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With the increase of awareness around working at height, the use of SRLs as a means of effective For example, the limits of sit harnesses are more precisely defined they 8191.4 not allowed to be used where there is a risk of more than mm of free fall. Content from other channels on our network New Wiring Rules become mandatory from 1 January Electrical workers fail to use independent earth for polarity testing ‘Women in Electrical Trades Roadmap’ launched Machine learning saves time for tradies ‘Sun in a box’ could power a small city.
Other changes to Part 4 clear up some of the misunderstandings that have evolved in the industry over the last 181.4 years. A major change for many workers will affect how they work in ‘restraint’ where they are connected to a structure in a way that prevents them getting to a position where they may risk a free fall.
This change will make harnesses easier to use for people working in many industries as it will enable them to comfortably connect to their fall arrest systems and to easily confirm that connection. There have been too many ‘near misses’ and fatalities where people think they have been working in ‘restraint’, only to have the surface that they are working on collapse or shift.
The upgrading of the standard also includes a requirement to increase the strength of the latches on connection components, such as hooks. The changes brought about in this standard have the full support of fall protection users and equipment manufacturers, as it is generally believed that this will create a safer working environment for people working at heights.
This covers how fall protection equipment is to be selected, used and maintained. The other major change is that all harnesses made to the new standard will be fitted with a ‘full fall arrest’ anchorage point on the front of the harnesses.
One of the main benefits of having a frontal fall arrest point on a harness is the ease with which such a harness can be used with many of the installed fall arrest systems that are rapidly making access to even very complex structures safer. These systems allow the person to be continuously connected to the structure from the moment that they leave the ground.