An industry code for the installation of fall protection anchors, lifelines and rail systems was launched in 2018 by the Working at Height Association (WAHA).
This code has been developed to provide examples of best practice and general advice to industry on the safe principles of design, through to installation and re-certification of fall protection systems.
Representatives from the WAHA, industry, manufacturers, installation companies, asset owners, standards committees and regulators have been involved in the development of the publication, with a key focus on total system safety.
“This publication is much needed, as although we have product standards, workplace regulations and manufacturer’s instructions, before the launch of this publication there has been no real document to tie the key elements of each of these together,” said Michael Biddle, Chairman of the WAHA.
“Although this is not a perfect document that covers every eventuality, it seeks to provide key guidelines for asset owners, installers and other interested parties to better understand best practices for height safety installations.”
The industry has been plagued by a significant volume of low to poor quality installations for many years. With limited resources available from regulators to take action, the WAHA has embarked on a longer-term strategy to self-regulate and encourage a higher overall standard of safety.