What’s the difference between Scaffolding Guidelines AS/NZS 4576 and Scaffolding Series AS/NZ 1576?
There’s a wealth of useful information available relating to scaffolding guidelines, swing stages, and managing risks of fall.
Common Documents and Legislation Relating to Scaffolding and Falls from Height?
What is Safe Work Australia’s Guide to Scaffolds and Scaffolding?
Safe Work Australia’s Guide to Scaffolds and Scaffolding is a guide that provide information on specific types of scaffolds and scaffolding, and includes practical examples of ways to control some of the risks associated with them
It forms part of a series of scaffolding guides and material and be read and used together with the General guide for scaffolds and scaffolding work which includes information on risk
management as well as advice on planning, erecting, altering, dismantling and working with
scaffolds and the following material:
Further information for scaffolding work near overhead electric lines is also available in the Information Sheet: Scaffolding work near overhead electric lines.
In addition to the risk control measures listed in this Guide, the ‘Scaffold Inspection Checklist’ included in the Guide to scaffold inspection and maintenance may also be adapted to suit the needs of your business and the particular scaffolds in use.
Managing The Risk of Falls - Work Health and Safety (Managing the Risk of Falls at Workplaces) Code of Practice 2015
(source - Legislation.gov.au)
Work Health and Safety (Managing the Risk of Falls at Workplaces) Code of Practice 2015 contains effective and useful information. Managing the risk of falls can be found in section 2 and states…
2.1 How to identify fall hazards
You must identify all locations and tasks that could cause injury due to a fall. This includes access to the areas where work is to be carried out. Tasks that need particular attention are those carried out:
Inspect the workplace
Walk around the workplace and talk to your workers to find out where work is carried out that could result in falls. A checklist may be useful in this process. Key things to look for include:
In some situations, advice may be needed from technical specialists, such as structural engineers, to check the stability of structures or load bearing capacity.
Review available information, including incident records
You should check your records of previous injuries and ‘near miss’ incidents related to falls.
Information and advice about fall hazards and risks relevant to particular industries and work activities is also available from regulators, industry associations, unions, technical specialists
and safety consultants.