A new Standard was released this month (December 2013) for the manufacturing requirements for single point roof anchor devices used for harness based working at heights. The new Standard is called AS/NZS 5532. This is an important step forward for the industry as it will require manufacturers of single point anchor devices to test all anchors dynamically and statically (the current standard is static test only) to the required ratings of 15kN for single person fall arrest and 21kN for 2 person fall arrest. The standard will also require that all testing is to be carried out on a representative roof structure of a stipulated size to simulate the application the anchor is intended to be used. They call this “in situ”. The new standard will cover the scope, normative references, terms and definitions, classes of anchor devices and anchor systems, requirements, testing for manufacturers, instruction for use and markings.
The new Standard will eliminate from the market those devices and manufacturers whose claimed 15kN rating has never been adequately tested and verified by a proper “in situ” test.
Safe @ Heights believes that with the introduction of this Standard a number of anchor points on the market today may not comply. An anchor point is not there just so the worker can be “attached” while working at heights and therefore comply with OH & S Legislation. It is there to save the life of the user in the event of a fall. When attaching to an anchor point system the very first question which must be asked is – Would the anchor point withstand 15kN of force (1.5 tonne)?
If there is any doubt whatsoever then the anchor point should not be used until it has been assessed and certified by a reputable working at heights safety specialist.
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