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AUSTRALIAN STANDARDS AND AUSTRALIAN/NEW ZEALAND STANDARDS

1. AS 1418.13 Cranes (including Hoists and Winches) – Building Maintenance Units

2. AS/NZS 1576 Scaffolding – General requirements

3. AS/NZS 1657 Fixed platforms, walkways, stairways and ladders—Design, construction and installation

4. AS/NZS 1891.1 Industrial fall-arrest systems and devices—Harnesses and ancillary equipment

5. AS/NZS 1891.2 supp:1-2001 Industrial fall-arrest systems and devices—Horizontal lifeline and rail systems

6. AS/NZS 1891.3 Industrial fall-arrest systems and devices—Fall-arrest devices

7. AS/NZS 1891.4 Industrial fall-arrest systems and devices—Selection, use and maintenance

8. AS/NZS 1892 Portable ladders series

1) AS/NZS 1892.1:1996 Portable ladders – Metal

2) AS 1892.2-1992 Portable ladders – Timber

3) AS/NZS 1892.3:1996 Portable ladders – Reinforced plastic

4) AS/NZS 1892.5:2000 Portable ladders – Selection, safe use and care

9. AS/NZS 4142.3 Fibre ropes—Man-made fibre rope for static life rescue lines

10. AS/NZS 4389 Safety mesh

11. AS/NZS 4488 Industrial rope access systems series

1) AS/NZS 4488.1:1997 Industrial rope access systems – Specifications

2) AS/NZS 4488.2:1997 Industrial rope access systems – Selection, use and maintenance

3) AS/NZS 4488.2 Industrial rope access systems—Selection, use and maintenance

12. AS/NZS 4576 Guidelines for scaffolding

13. AS 2550.16 Cranes—Safe Use—Mast climbing work platforms

14. AS/NZS 4994 Temporary edge protection series

1) AS/NZS 4994.1 Temporary edge protection – General requirements

2) AS/NZS 4994.2 Temporary edge protection – Roof edge protection – Installation and dismantling

3) AS/NZS 4994.3 Temporary edge protection – Installation and dismantling for edges other than roof edges

 

AUSTRALIAN STANDARDS AND AUSTRALIAN/NEW ZEALAND STANDARDS

1. AS 1418.13 Cranes (including Hoists and Winches) – Building Maintenance Units

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Specifies requirements for building maintenance units and supporting structures permanently provided for use and which incorporate power-operated suspension equipment. It does not include requirements for suspended scaffolding. It gives guidance to manufacturers, statutory authorities and users in the form of minimum engineering requirements which are necessary for the design manufacture, installation and commissioning of building maintenance units. It includes a section on loads tests to be conducted and an appendix gives details of those items to be inspected and tested during commissioning. It is intended for use with AS 1418.1.

2. AS/NZS 1576 Scaffolding – General requirements

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Sets out design and operational requirements for scaffolding, except trestle scaffolding, portable ladder intended to be used as working platforms and elevating working platforms.

3. AS/NZS 1657 Fixed platforms, walkways, stairways and ladders—Design, construction and installation

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Sets out requirements for the design, selection, construction and installation of fixed platforms, walkways, stairways and ladders that are intended to provide safe access to places used by operating, inspection, maintenance and servicing personnel.

4. AS/NZS 1891.1 Industrial fall-arrest systems and devices—Harnesses and ancillary equipment

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Specifies requirements for the materials, design, manufacture and testing of harnesses, lanyards, pole straps and associated equipment including connecting devices and personal energy absorbers for industrial fall-arrest purposes.

Scope

This Standard specifies requirements for the materials, design, manufacture and testing of harnesses, lanyards, pole straps and associated equipment including connecting devices and personal energy absorbers for industrial restraint and fall-arrest purposes.

5. AS/NZS 1891.2 supp:1-2001 Industrial fall-arrest systems and devices—Horizontal lifeline and rail systems

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Abstract

Specifies design and performance requirements for systems and associated component hardware for horizontal lifelines and rails used for fall-arrest purposes. The Standard covers systems using either rigid rails or flexible lines. Test methods are given in appendices.

Scope

This Standard specifies design and performance requirements for systems and associated component hardware for horizontal lifelines and rails used for fall-arrest purposes. The Standard covers systems using either rigid rails or flexible lines. Test methods are given in Appendices.
NOTE: Prescribed configurations for horizontal lifelines which are deemed to comply with this Standard are specified in AS/NZS 1891.2 Supplement 1.

6. AS/NZS 1891.3 Industrial fall-arrest systems and devices—Fall-arrest devices

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Abstract

Specifies requirements for the design and performance of fall-arrest devices comprising those which travel down either a fixed or flexible anchorage line, and those which pay out an anchorage line.

Scope

This Standard specifies requirements for the design and performance of fall-arrest devices comprising devices which travel along either a fixed or flexible anchorage line, and those which pay out an anchorage line.

7. AS/NZS 1891.4 Industrial fall-arrest systems and devices—Selection, use and maintenance

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Abstract

Specifies requirements and sets out recommendations for the selection, safe use and maintenance of industrial fall-arrest systems and devices based on the use of safety harnesses, horizontal life lines and rails, fall-arrest devices, and associated lanyards, connectors, anchorages and fittings.

Scope

This Standard specifies requirements and sets out recommendations for the selection, safe use and maintenance of industrial fall-arrest systems and devices based on the use of safety harnesses, horizontal life lines and rails, fall-arrest devices, and associated lanyards, connectors, anchorages and fittings, as follows:

(a) Selection Requirements and recommendations for determining the types of components of the system that would be appropriate to the envisaged usage.

(b) Safe use Requirements and recommendations relating to the safe practices to be followed in the use of components and assemblies.

(c) Maintenance Requirements and recommendations for inspection, storage, servicing and cleaning practices.

NOTE: This Standard provides guidance for the selection of equipment and safe use procedures for some but not necessarily all forms of height protection or all of the circumstances under which such equipment and procedures are used.

The selection and safe use of equipment used in total restraint or rope access is not covered by this Standard (see AS/NZS 4488.2 for selection and safe use of rope access equipment).

8. AS/NZS 1892 Portable ladders series

1) AS/NZS 1892.1:1996 Portable ladders – Metal

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2) AS 1892.2-1992 Portable ladders – Timber

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3) AS/NZS 1892.3:1996 Portable ladders – Reinforced plastic

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4) AS/NZS 1892.5:2000 Portable ladders – Selection, safe use and care

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9. AS/NZS 4142.3 Fibre ropes—Man-made fibre rope for static life rescue lines

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Abstract

Specifies design, performance and marking requirements for man-made fibre ropes intended for use as static life rescue lines by rescue and emergency services.

Scope

This Standard specifies design, performance and marking requirements for man-made fibre ropes of sheath and core construction for use as static life rescue lines by life rescue organizations.

NOTE: In the context of this Standard ‘static’ refers to the design and performance characteristics of a rope and not to usage.1.1 SCOPE This Standard specifies design, performance and marking requirements for man-made fibre ropes of sheath and core construction for use as static life rescue lines by life rescue organizations.

NOTE: In the context of this Standard ‘static’ refers to the design and performance characteristics of a rope and not to usage.

10. AS/NZS 4389 Safety mesh

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Abstract

Specifes the minimum requirements for the design, construction, testing and installation of safety mesh for use in domestic, commercial and industrial building applications.

Scope

This Standard specifies the minimum requirements for the design, construction, testing and installation of safety mesh for use in domestic, commercial and industrial building applications.
NOTE: Alternative methods for determining compliance with this Standard are given in Appendix A.

11. AS/NZS 4488 Industrial rope access systems series

1) AS/NZS 4488.1:1997 Industrial rope access systems – Specifications

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Abstract

Specifies requirements for materials and hardware for industrial rope access systems including fall protection.

Scope

This Standard specifies requirements for materials and hardware for industrial rope access systems including fall protection.

2) AS/NZS 4488.2:1997 Industrial rope access systems – Selection, use and maintenance

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Abstract

Specifies requirements and sets out recommendations for the selection, safe use and maintenance of industrial rope access system components and assemblies.

Scope

This Standard specifies requirements and sets out recommendations for the selection, safe use and maintenance of industrial rope access system components and assemblies, as follows:

(a) Selection Aspects to be taken into account in determining the types of components of the system which would be appropriate to the envisaged usage.

(b) Safe use Requirements and recommendations relating to the safe practices to be followed in the use of components and assemblies.

(c) Maintenance Essential inspection, storage and cleaning practices which are required or should be observed.

Performance requirements for the components of an industrial rope access system are given in AS/NZS 4488.1.

3) AS/NZS 4488.2 Industrial rope access systems—Selection, use and maintenance

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Abstract

Specifies requirements and sets out recommendations for the selection, safe use and maintenance of industrial rope access system components and assemblies.

Scope

This Standard specifies requirements and sets out recommendations for the selection, safe use and maintenance of industrial rope access system components and assemblies, as follows:

(a) Selection Aspects to be taken into account in determining the types of components of the system which would be appropriate to the envisaged usage.

(b) Safe use Requirements and recommendations relating to the safe practices to be followed in the use of components and assemblies.

(c) Maintenance Essential inspection, storage and cleaning practices which are required or should be observed.

Performance requirements for the components of an industrial rope access system are given in AS/NZS 4488.1.

Application
The requirements and recommendations given in this Standard are intended to apply only to rope suspension work (see Preface). It is not intended to apply to any of the following:

(a) Persons engaged in rescue operations where such operations are their primary job occupation.

(b) Emergency services.

(c) Recreational activities, including paid workers such as guides and instructors involved in such activities.

(d) Other rope access work such as lead climbing or under-deck work.

12. AS/NZS 4576 Guidelines for scaffolding

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Abstract

Gives practical guidance for the training and certification of scaffolders, the preparation of sites for scaffolding, and the safe selection, supply, erection, alteration, dismantling, maintenance, inspection and use of scaffolding and scaffolding equipment.

Scope

This Standard gives practical guidance for the training and certification of scaffolders, the preparation of sites for scaffolding, and the safe selection, supply, erection, alteration, dismantling, maintenance, inspection and use of scaffolding and scaffolding equipment.

13. AS 2550.16 Cranes—Safe Use—Mast climbing work platforms

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Abstract

Specifies the requirements for the safe use of mast climbing work platforms as defined in AS 2549. It includes sections on proposed site use criteria, site-specific considerations, supplier’s information, site for erection, erection alteration and dismantling, commission testing and handover, operation and inspection testing and repair. Appendices give guidance on hazards, site inspection check list, handover certificate, record of training, operating instructions, logbook format and inspection and test format. It is intended for use with AS 2550.1 and AS 1418.16, which specifies the design requirements for mast climbing work platforms.

Scope

This Standard gives practical guidance for the selection, supply, erection, alteration, dismantling, commissioning, maintenance, inspection and safe use of mast climbing work platforms. It is complementary to AS 2550.1, but the requirements given herein take precedence over the corresponding requirements of AS 2550.1.

Application

This Standard shall apply to the safe use of MCWP as defined in AS 1418.16. The requirements in that Standard shall apply and no requirements given herein shall circumvent them.

14. AS/NZS 4994 Temporary edge protection series

1) AS/NZS 4994.1 Temporary edge protection – General requirements

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Abstract

Sets out requirements for the design, manufacture and testing of equipment that is intended to provide protection at the roof edge to workers installing, altering, repairing or removing cladding on housing and residential buildings having roof slopes of not more than 35° to the horizontal.

Scope

This Standard specifies requirements for the design, manufacture and testing of equipment that is intended to provide temporary edge protection for persons working on roofs of buildings having slopes not greater than 35° to the horizontal and for other exposed edges, prior to the installation of the permanent walling materials.

NOTES:

1 This Standard does not apply to the containment of materials on residential roofs.

2 Edge protection is used on buildings that are being constructed, renovated, extended, altered or maintained.

3 Where roof slopes exceed 35 degrees, roof edge protection should be specifically designed. In some instances it may be appropriate that some other form of restraint may be required to avoid risk of excessive impact.

4 AS/NZS 4494.2 specifies requirements for the installation and dismantling of roof edge protection.

5 AS/NZS 4494.3 specifies requirements for the installation and dismantling of edge protection of other edges prior to the installation of the permanent walling materials.

Application

Persons using this Standard are advised to familiarize themselves with the relevant specific statutory requirements regarding occupational health and safety legislation, scaffolding and working at heights.

NOTES:

1 In Australia, housing and residential buildings are considered to be of not more than three habitable storeys, based on Classes 1, 2 and 10 of the Building Code of Australia (BCA).

2 In New Zealand, such buildings within the definition of a housing unit are as per the New Zealand Building Code (NZBC).

2) AS/NZS 4994.2 Temporary edge protection – Roof edge protection – Installation and dismantling

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Abstract

Sets out requirements and gives guidance for the selection, installation, use and dismantling of roof edge protection for housing and residential buildings.

Scope

This Standard specifies requirements and gives guidance for the selection, installation, use and dismantling of roof edge protection complying with AS/NZS 4994.1. It covers temporary roof edge protection for persons working on roofs of housing and residential buildings and commercial buildings having roof slopes of not greater than 35° to the horizontal.

NOTE: This document is not a substitute for any Standard applying to scaffolding.

Application

Persons using this Standard are advised to familiarize themselves with the specific statutory requirements of States and Territories of Australia and New Zealand regarding occupational health and safety legislation, scaffolding and working at heights.

Users are reminded to check if the relevant legislation contains a requirement to also control the risks associated with falling objects.

3) AS/NZS 4994.3 Temporary edge protection – Installation and dismantling for edges other than roof edges

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Scope

This Standard specifies requirements and gives guidance for the selection and installation of edge protection complying with AS/NZS 4994.1, for persons working near an opening in a floor, or near a platform edge or floor edge prior to the installation of the permanent walling materials.

NOTES:

1 Edge protection is used on buildings that are being constructed, renovated, extended, altered or maintained.

2 Part 2 of this Standard specifies requirements for the installation and dismantling of roof edge protection.

Application

Persons using this Standard are advised to familiarize themselves with specific statutory requirements of States, Territories and New Zealand regarding OH & S legislation, scaffolding and working at heights.

NOTES: Users are reminded to check if the relevant legislation contains a requirement to also control the risks associated with falling objects.

 

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