Safety all round: Are your height safety systems fit to carry out ACP inspections?

Following recent building fires around the world, new legislation has been introduced to cover cladding made from aluminium composite panels (ACPs).

The ‘Building and other Legislation (Cladding) Amendment Regulation 2018’ came into effect on 1 October. Under the new legislation, it is compulsory for audits to be carried out by property managers, owners and body corporates to identify buildings that have or may be clad with ACP. The first phase of the audit must be undertaken no later than 29 March 2019.

The audit is undertaken in three phases; identification, investigation and response. After identifying a building that requires investigation for ACPs, it may be necessary to utilise a safe roof access system or an abseil system for access to cladding on building facades or roof areas. To do this anchor points or abseil points are likely to need installing if not already present. Anchor Safe can design, supply and install the right height safety solution for the task.

Our team can also check whether existing anchorage points need recertifying before use to ensure that the work can be carried out safely.

Further to inspection, any buildings requiring remedial action to ensure their safety are likely to be subject to rectification work. This may include removal and replacement of the ACPs.

A height safety system will almost certainly be required to carry out these legislated works and is likely to be essential for ongoing maintenance to take place.