The AS1657 Australian Standard for Fixed Platforms, Walkways, Guardrails, Stairways and Ladders prescribe the Design, Construction and Installation of access and passive fall protection systems, particularly in relation to maintenance on roof areas.
In the past Until now, industry has used a system of self-certification to determine the safe installation of these systems and manufacturers have provided guidelines however, the definitions of safe installation and adequate documentation have not been defined in a method consistent with industry expectations.
Market demands have also called for incremental documentation to provide industry with a set of principles for installation specific to these types of applications, rather than a sole reliance on the traditional, generic Codes of Practice published by the Federal, State and Territory Regulators.
This Industry Code is intended to provide that further guidance and is intended for use by installation companies, inspection entities, end users, facility managers and building owners on the recommended best practice methodologies to ensure safe access to a system, system design, installation and inspection of fixed platforms, walkways, guardrails, mesh screens, stairways and ladders.
This publication has been compiled with input from Regulators, Manufacturers, Industry Associations and people with technical knowledge in the subject. It is also the outcome of a period of significant public and industry consultation and input, we therefore commend its use by all entities with an interest or need in managing these safety systems.