Work at Height/Fall Prevention Procedure
Policy Code: CG1598
To eliminate or minimise the risks of injury associated with work at height in University activities, with particular focus on the risks of falls.
This procedure describes the method for:
- identifying the health and safety risks associated with work at height;
- assessing these risks; and
- developing appropriate control measures for these risks.
This procedure applies to all Work at Height (as defined).
Authorised Work at Height Supervisor: means a person who has been assessed by a Manager of the Physical Resources Directorate of the University of Ballarat to have the competencies and authority to issue Work at Height Permits under this procedure, and whose details appear on the register of Authorised Work at Height Supervisors (refer section below titled "Actions", part B.).
Fall Hazard: means the potential for a person to fall more than 2 metres. Such a fall may occur from a height greater than 2 metres, but also down a pit or shaft deeper than 2 metres.
Supervisor: in this procedure, this term covers any employee or contractor of the University who plans, organises or supervises the work at height of other employees, contractors, or students.
Work at Height: means any task that an employee, contractor or student undertakes in the context of occupational, educational, research, commercial, or other University-endorsed activities, whatever their location, where a fall hazard (as defined) has been identified. Sporting activities and theatrical performances are not included within the scope of this procedure. However, note the following:
- whilst the sporting activities and theatrical performances themselves are not included, all work at height associated with setting up, maintaining, and dismantling sporting equipment, theatrical props, lighting, etc is included; and
- the general requirement for HIRAC reviews as described in the Hazard Identification, Risk Assessment and Control (HIRAC) Procedure still applies if any hazard, such as a fall hazard, is present in the sporting activity or theatrical performance.
- obtain signed authorisation on a Work at Height Permit from an Authorised Work at Height Supervisor prior to the start of work (the Permit must include a correctly completed and up-to-date HIRAC for Work at Height in University Locations/Activities);
- ensure that all conditions in the Work at Height Permit and the associated HIRAC for Work at Height in UniversityLocations/Activities are fully implemented throughout the duration of the work at height;
- suspend work at height if the conditions of the Work at Height Permit and the associated HIRAC for Work at Height in UniversityLocations/Activities are not or cannot be implemented;
- obtain a sign-off from the Authorised Work at Height Supervisor on completion of the work; and
- keep records for work at height in accordance with this procedure.
Authorised Work at Height Supervisors
Authorised Work at Height Supervisors must:
- verify that the Work at Height Permits and the associated HIRAC for Work at Height in UniversityLocations/Activities submitted to them for authorisation are completed fully and correctly;
- satisfy themselves that the risk control measures identified in the Work at Height Permits and HIRAC for Work at Height in UniversityLocations/Activities are appropriate before granting authorisation;
- specify any additional risk control measure they deem necessary before granting authorisation; and
- satisfy themselves that the work has been completed to a satisfactory and safe standard before signing off section 7 "Completion of Work" on Work at Height Permits.
University Employees, Contractors and Students
University employees, contractors and students involved in work at height must perform the work in accordance with the information, instructions and training they have received from the Supervisor and Authorised Work at Height Supervisor.
Head of Schools/Departments/Centres and Directors are responsible for the overall implementation of this procedure in their School/Department/Centre/Directorate. In particular, they must ensure that:
- staff, contractors and students within their School/Department/Centre/Directorate are aware of the requirements of this procedure and attend training as appropriate; and
- staff, contractors and students within their School/Department/Centre/Directorate comply with the requirements of this procedure; and
- where required, safety equipment in the form of harnesses, fall arrest systems, etc is supplied and maintained according to manufacturer's instruction.
Managers within the Physical Resources Directorate are responsible for:
- determining which buildings are to have permanent access point nominated and suitable engineering requirements installed, i.e. handrails/ladder locking points, clear access from public entry, warning and instructional signage on roof access points etc (these must be designed in accordance to the relevant Australian Standards and Codes);
- determining which buildings are to have temporary access points nominated, suitable engineering requirements installed, and safe work methods developed as part of their HIRAC reviews;
- maintaining a register of work at height locations and related HIRAC for Work at Height reviews;
- authorising competent and experienced persons to issue Work at Height Permits ((Work at Height Supervisors); and
- maintaining a register of Authorised Work at Height Supervisors.
The Manager - Risk, Health and Safety is responsible for:
- maintaining and updating this procedure as required;
- publicising the existence of this procedure to the University community; and
- developing and delivering the training required by Supervisors to fulfil the role assigned to them in this procedure.
Other responsibilities are outlined in the section titled "Actions" above.
Refer to Forms below.
||Minimum Retention Period
|Work at Height Permit
|HIRAC for Work at Height in University Locations/Activities
||Until superseded by new HIRAC (maximum interval of 5 years between assessments)
The Work at Height/Fall Prevention Procedure will be implemented throughout the University of Ballarat via:
- an Announcement Notice under ‘UB Communicate’ on the ‘myUB Gateway’ website and through the University of Ballarat Policy - ‘Recently Approved Documents’ webpage to alert the University-wide community of the approved Procedure;
- inclusion on the University of Ballarat Policy, Procedure and Forms website; and
- training sessions.