15 Oct Safety Tips for Using Roof Anchor Points
Height safety equipment is designed to reduce or remove the risk of falls when working from a height. Employers are responsible for providing their workers with adequate safety equipment and training to ensure risk is minimised as much as possible.
This article focuses on one of the most common height safety solutions- roof anchor points. We discuss some essential safety tips for roof anchor points to help keep your workers safe on the job. For more tailored advice or information, contact the Australian Height Safety Services team on 1300 854 217.
What are roof anchor points?
Roof anchor points allow workers at heights to attach themselves to a secure spot on the roof. There are two types of roof anchor points:
– A fall arrest system is designed for when a worker free-falls through space. It literally ‘arrests’ them mid-air and prevents impact at a lower level. These typically cost $200 per anchor point.
– A rope access system is designed for fall protection where conventional methods won’t work. It allows workers to descend, ascend and traverse ropes while suspended by a harness or work seat. Rope access systems typically cost $300-$350 per anchor point.
How to select the correct roof anchor point?
You must select a roof anchor point that suits your working environment. The anchor points you use and how you set up the system must be tailored to your task. Here are a few questions to consider when deciding which roof anchor point system is right for you:
– What is the load rating of the anchor point?
– Will the anchor point be used by itself or as a part of a system?
– Is the roof anchor certified?
– What is the overall goal of the system? What part does the roof anchor point play?
– Are the points located in an accessible place?
– Will the anchor point be temporary or permanent?
The importance of certified roof anchor points
Certification of a roof anchor specifies that the point meets relevant safety standards. In Australia, anchor points must be manufactured according to AS5532. Installation must be completed to AS1891-4. A qualified inspector should conduct mandatory inspections and testing.
How to safely and correctly use a roof anchor point
It is not enough to just install the height safety equipment and roof anchor points. It is mandatory that all relevant workers participate in training and comprehensively understand how to use the equipment.
Height safety equipment will keep workers safe in various conditions; however, no supervisor should ignore adverse weather conditions as this may significantly increase the risk of a fall. Working from a height in strong winds, hail, lightning and extreme heat should be avoided.
One Part of Safety
It is important to note that roof anchor points are just one piece of the height safety puzzle. All worksites should adopt a comprehensive approach to height safety where tailored equipment and systems are used by informed, educated and experienced workers.
Read our Ultimate Guide to Roof Anchor Points for more information.
Contact Australian Height Safety Services for more information
At Australian Height Safety Services, we do more than just ensure regulatory compliance. We are committed to protecting the safety and well-being of all workers and personnel that use our fall prevention systems. For expert advice, call our team on 1300 854 217 or contact us for more.