The Australian Standard AS/NZS 1891.4 Industrial fall-arrest systems and devices – Selection, use and maintenance clearly outlines the inspection criteria for all fall arrest equipment. Height safety equipment inspections are an important risk control and insure your equipment is in usable condition.
Your safety depends upon your height safety equipment being in good condition. What may appear as a small cut or hole could mean the integrity of the equipment has been compromised. This could mean that the forces generated in a fall may cause the equipment to fail. Regular inspections of your equipment are integral to maintaining your equipment in safe and usable condition. It is these regular checks that are going to save you or your co-workers life.
All equipment MUST be inspected by a trained height safety operator before and after each use. Inspection shall be by sight and touch and include.
- The opening of any equipment where access for daily inspection is provided, to ensure that internal components are in satisfactory condition.
- The opening or removal of temporary rope or line protectors, to enable rope to be properly inspected.
- Operation of the locking mechanism on fall-arrest devices shall also be checked.
All equipment MUST have a documented inspection every six months by a trained and experienced inspector.
- This inspection should be done in accordance with the standard and the manufacturer’s instructions.
- To ensure the traceability of maintenance records, a record card, history sheet or similar record shall be kept for each of the items of equipment.n Documentation on the maintenance and servicing history of an item of equipment shall be freely available to operators and users.
- In addition to the six month inspection Type 2 and 3 fall arrest devices require a full factory inspection every 12 months.
- The factory service needs to be performed by a service agent approved by the manufacturer of the device.
This can be a very onerous task for small and large organisations alike. Not only does the equipment have to be inspected it also requires active management of a database of information to ensure that at any time the equipment is in current inspection to meet OH & S obligations.
At Height Dynamics we endeavour to take the pain out of your equipment inspections. Our unique tracking system records all the information required by the standard and provides ongoing reporting to meet your obligations under the Workplace Health and Safety Regulation.
Height Dynamics has developed their unique asset management system to assist our customers manage their register and meet these obligations. The key points of the system include;
- Recording of manufacturer, model, unique serial number, date of manufacturer and date of purchase to accurately identify each piece of equipment.
- Recording of each inspection and any notes associated with that inspection.
- Provision of a report to the customer to identify each item with its date of inspection and when its next inspection is due.
- Recording of location (team member, vehicle, etc) of each item to allow customers to easily locate the item.
- Provision of a reminder for each item 4-6 weeks before the inspection of that item is due.
- On-line access for customers to view their register at any time. (This includes the ability to down load a range of reports in a variety of formats)
Height Dynamics asset management system provides the following advantages.
- All inspections will be performed by an experienced nationally accredited equipment inspector.
- The management of your equipment register located in a central database accessible through online access.
- Historical data available for all inspections.
- Next inspection due report provided to alert our customers when the periodic inspection is due.
- Follow up phone call to ensure that our customers have received the next inspection due report and to arrange a suitable time for inspection.
- Inspection reports record the information as outlined in the Australian Standard.
- Inspection reports available for each user. Compliance with AS1891.4 and Workplace Health and Safety regulation with regard to maintaining records.