QLD Minister Warns homeowners about Asbestos

QLD Minister Warns homeowners about Asbestos

Homeowners thinking about pre-Christmas home renovations are being warned to arm themselves with information about the risks of inadvertently disturbing asbestos as part of a push to raise community awareness this holiday season.

Read the full media statement here:

http://statements.qld.gov.au/Statement/2015/11/23/international-asbestos-conference-emphasis-individual-vigilance

Height Safety Engineers takes Asbestos very seriously and we offer a range of accredited courses that will help you deal with asbestos safely.

Our Course in Asbestos Awareness ( 10314NAT) is perfect for anybody and everybody. It is suitable for trades-persons, handymen (and women). A great way to raise awareness about asbestos and safeguard yourself.

For persons who are more likely to work with asbestos, plumbers, electricians, demolition workers, builders etc, the Working with Asbestos (10559NAT) course is a recommended option.

If you are unsure about which course is right for you, call one of our training consultants today 1300 884 978

 

 

Two Window Cleaners fall in Sydney CBD

Two Window Cleaners fall in Sydney CBD

BREAKING NEWS: Two window cleaners have fallen from a tower building in Sydney’s CBD. Details are still unclear but suggestions that the trolley they were riding in malfunctioned. The thoughts and well wishes of the Height Safety Engineers Team are with those injured in the incident. More information can be found on the news.com.au website here: http://www.news.com.au/national/nsw-act/cbd-morning-horror-window-cleaners-fall-from-tower-block/story-fnii5s3x-1227575433941

Window Cleaners Fall from Height
Two Window Cleaners fall from Sydney CBD building. Pic Courtesy Channel 10/Twitter
Fall Arrest Anchors Standard Under Review AS/NZS 5532:2013

Fall Arrest Anchors Standard Under Review AS/NZS 5532:2013

The Height Safety industry, both suppliers and clients, have seen a win this month with SafeWork NSW releasing their fact sheet which confirms their position pending the review of the Dysfunctional AS/NZS 5532:2013  standard for fall arrest anchors.

The AS/NZS 5532:2013 Standard was released in October 2013 by Standards Australia in response to the industry push for a revision of standards relating to fall arrest anchors used by workers when accessing roofs, and other height risk areas. The Standard was under developed. It is not technically up to date, does not reflect current practice, is not suitable for new and existing product on the market, and is not compatible with current views and expectations regarding quality safety, and the environment.

All this meant that the Standard essentially ruled out every available (or the most intelligent) product(s) on the market, and the financial cost to clients and companies increased, while ever the dysfunctional standard remained enforceable. A large portion of the Height Safety industry has been in constant contact with Standards Australia urging for a withdrawal or review of this standard. You will see reference to this, including a public forum held in February this year. Finally and at last, we see this month a Fact Sheet released by WorkSafe NSW that begins to acknowledge the systemic issues with AS/NZS 5532:2013.

Key takeaways from the documents:

  • AS/NZS 5532 is a manufacturing standard; it does not address ongoing inspection, testing and maintenance and only addresses installation by way of specifying system design and installation information that is to be supplied with the anchors.
  • AS/NZS 5532:2013 IS under review
  • While AS/NZS 5532:2013 is under review product would be expected to comply with the strength requirements of the well-established AS/NZS 1891.4
  • AS/NZS 5532 is not expected to apply retrospectively to existing installed anchors; AS/NZS 1891.4 would be the relevant standard to apply

You can read the entire fact sheet here: http://www.workcover.nsw.gov.au/media/publications/health-and-safety/fall-arrest-anchors

HighStep Climbing System at Height Safety Engineers

 

Check out the video.This month, Height Safety Engineers installed the first showroom/training HighStep System. The HighStep Climbing System is a revolutionary new climbing system that will change the way we safely access heights.Watch the short video below of the installation day in our training arena.

For more Information on the HighStep Climbing System contact us or call us on 1300 884 978

Will you go home alive today?

Will you go home alive today?

So far this year 103 Australian workers have been killed while at work.1

That’s nearly three lives per week ! Ended…

So many of these deaths were preventable with correct training and correct safety systems in place.

Don’t become a statistic ! Book a training course today.

Height Safety Engineers Launches NEW Website!

Height Safety Engineers Launches NEW Website!

HSE is very excited to announce the launch of its new website. Designed to enhance your experience we have included great new features;

  • Easy News Letter Signup – Don’t miss out on industry critical updates including changes to legislation, as well as specials and new service updates.
  • Mobile Friendly – Super Easy to find information, regardless of what device you are using.
  • More Content – We have re-written out content to make it easier to find and easier to understand.
  • Online Booking! (Coming soon) – We are testing our online booking system and plan to launch it online very soon! Book and Schedule your training online…hassle free!

The team at Height Safety Engineers takes your safety seriously, and making sure that our website is easy to use and provides valuable information is one way we can better our service to keep you safe. As Always we value your feedback and would love to hear from you…anytime:

enquiries@heightsafety.net  1300 884 978  Contact Us