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Improving safety on your site

Having a safety system installed, or just noting that certain work areas are places of risk, is often not enough. Working to improve safety is an important part of protecting people at work.

Depending on what type of site you are operating in and what systems you have in place already, there are different ways you can further improve the safety of those working in high-risk areas.

For buildings that already have existing height safety and fall protection systems in place, all that may be required is a regular compliance (or recertification) inspection. These inspections, conducted on a regular basis, ensure that your system remains in good working order and is not suffering from damage or other degradation that could inhibit it working as designed.

In other cases, as a building’s uses change, expand or new plant is added, it may be necessary to conduct a safety audit. An audit identifies areas where an existing system may not adequately meet the needs of workers, as well as areas where workers may be at risk due to the absence of a safety system.

Compliance technician recording their observations following an inspection.

Compliance inspections and recertification

These regular inspections check an existing fall protection or height safety system to ensure they remain in good working order and compliant with the Australian standards.

Inspections should be conducted at least annually, however they may be required more regularly depending on the system’s operating environment and frequency of use.

Safety audits and risk identification

A height safety audit can assist in identifying areas of your building or site where there is a risk of a fall, but not safety system in place to mitigate it.

Completing a safety audit helps building owners and facility managers meet their obligations as a PCBU under the Work Health and Safety Act.

HSE recertification technician updating a system compliance plate following an inspection.
Women receiving instruction on height safety during at training course at HSE Sydney.

System-specific training

System-specific training can equip both workers and site supervisors with the knowledge of how to correctly use an installed fall protection or height safety system.

For workers, knowing how to use the system correctly is a clear step towards working safely. For facility managers or supervisors, having knowledge of how the system should be used can help identify problems and assist in avoiding accidents occurring through incorrect system use.

PPE and safety equipment

Having the right equipment to use when operating a height safety or fall protection system is a must for all workers. The team at HSE work with leading suppliers of PPE from around the world to ensure that every worker has the safety equipment best suited to them.

Our team can also perform regular inspections of your gear and provide up-to-date equipment registers so you can trust that your equipment will be there if you need it.

A range of different fall arrest harnesses at HSE Sydney.