WAHA, the Working At Height Association has released a new code for the height safety industry, specifically related to the installation, inspection and use of anchor, lifeline and rail systems.
Introduced in July 2018, this code is a welcome addition to the height safety industry.
Why has this code been written?
For many years, the height safety industry has been, for the most part, governed by self-certification. However, there has been a lack of clear instruction and definitions on the correct methods for system installation, inspection and use, which can lead to unsatisfactory and unsafe results, and cause major problems for those working at height.
The new code aims to offer guidance to designers, installers, inspectors, facility managers, building owners and end users in regard to safe installation and industry expectations.
Which systems does it relate to?
The code covers permanent anchor systems, lifelines and rail systems. The code encompasses a broad range of topics, including clarification on the types of systems, layout requirements and system installation criteria.
What else does the code cover?
Techniques, design, assessment, commissioning, certification, documentation and handover are some of the other topics covered by the code. A full explanation of the hierarchy of control for fall prevention has been detailed as well as rescue planning.
Who is WAHA?
The Working At Height Association is a group of dedicated height safety experts who have identified the need for an organisation to be instrumental in furthering the highest standard of equipment and competency throughout the working at height industry.
Key objectives of WAHA include: To be recognised as an industry body dedicated to the ongoing development, training and education of persons working at height; To facilitate the exchange of technical information and encourage further research into industry issues; To strive to reduce the number of injuries and fatalities as a result of falls from height; and, To drive compliance and competency in the areas of equipment design, selection and use.
Download the Code.