Standards come in many forms and can operate across different levels of government. International standards are designated by the term ISO and apply across the world. Australian standards are identified as "AS" and must be followed when working in or for Australia.
The ISO is headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland, and is comprised of over 150 member nations. Australia is, naturally, a member.
Australian standards are developed by Standards Australia. As the representative to the ISO, Standards Australia has a hand developing international standards as well as Australian ones. It also ensures that their local standards work to complement ISO standards.
Many Australian standards are developed cooperatively with Standards New Zealand, and are labelled as "AS/NZS" as opposed to just AS.
What standards are relevant to height safety?
There are a couple of main standards that are in place to assist in providing adequate workplace safety for those working at heights.
This standard governs more permanent access systems that are often found as part of a fall protection system on or in a building.
How do I know my fall protection system meets the standards?
When your system was installed, you should have received a certificate or confirmation from your installer that the system was designed to meet the relevant Australian standards for fall protection systems.
If you are unsure and are within the retention funds period for your system, we can undertake a validation inspection for you to confirm the compliance of your system. If the system is not compliant, your installer may be liable for any rectification work needed to remedy it.
In many cases, a fall protection system is often in a state of "out of sight, out of mind". Commonly being located on roofs and rarely accessed means it is easy for the details of a system to be misplaced or forgotten.
A height safety audit examines your system and checks not just that the existing components are in good condition, but also looks for aspects of your system that may limit or not allow for complete access to your roof.
I am unsure about my responsibilities regarding compliance
Responsibility for a worker's safety when undertaking tasks at height can be complicated. Height Safety Engineers have put together an explanatory ebook that demystifies a lot of the issues around duties of care, compliance and responsibility for safety when it comes to working at height.