Standards Australia has released a new version of AS 1657 – 2013 Fixed platforms, walkways, stairways and ladders— design, construction and installation.
The new version of AS 1657 – 2013 Fixed platforms, walkways, stairways and ladders— design, construction and installation will serve to reduce ambiguity and give guidelines for manufacturers, and provide greater safety of the users involved in accessing of fixed ladders, platforms and walkways.
“The publication of this new edition is a result of working with all stakeholders including government and industry,“ states Dr Bronwyn Evans, chief executive officer of Standards Australia. “Input from the construction sector and work health and safety experts has produced this excellent outcome,” Evans adds.
Evans notes that certifiers will have an up-to-date set of requirements that consistently address the current accepted industry practices and will make it much easier to monitor and increase industry conformance.
“This standard is all about ensuring that building sites provide the optimal level of safety,” he states.
The standard was prepared by the Standards Australia Committee SF-013, Platforms, walkways, stairways and ladders. The following organisations are represented on the committee:
- Australian Aluminium Council
- Australian Building Codes Board
- Australian Industry Group
- Australian Rope Access Association
- Department of Justice (T asmania)
- Energy Networks Association
- Engineers Australia
- Ladder Manufacturers Association of Australia
- Master Builders Australia
- Property Council of Australia
- WorkCover New South Wales
- WorkSafe Victoria
According to Evans, the standard continues to provide guidance and requirements from the design stage through to installation for platforms, walkways, stairs and ladders.