What is an Industry Code of Practice?
An approved industry code of practice is a practical guide to achieving the standard of health, safety and welfare required by the Occupational Health and Safety Act 2000 (the Act) and Occupational Health and Safety Regulation 2001 (the Regulation) for a particular area of work.
An approved industry code of practice should be followed, unless there is an alternative course of action which achieves the same or a better standard of health, safety and welfare in the workplace.
In summary an approved INDUSTRY CODE OF PRACTICE:
- Gives practical guidance on how the required standard on health, safety and welfare can be achieved in an area of work
- Should be followed, unless there is an alternative course of action which achieves the same or better standard of health and safety in the workplace
- Can be used in support of the preventive enforcement provisions of the Act
- Can be used to support prosecutions for failing to comply with or contravening the Act or Regulation.
Work Cover Safer Work on Roofs, Section 4 relates to Access.The following is applicable:
- Access to the work area and to the roof must be safe and without risks to health
- Access requirements should take into account any tools and equipment the person may be required to carry to and from the roof
- If ladders are used for access:
- The ladder should have non-slip feet and be secured against movement
- Persons should have a safe landing place when stepping off the ladder
- The ladder should extend at least one metre above the landing place
- The clearance between metal or wire reinforced ladders and any electrical conductor wires (powerlines) should be at least 3 metres. Otherwise non-conducting ladders should be used, and
- It must not require the person to climb over the top guardrail.
Work Cover Safer Work on Roofs, Section 4 relates to Safeguards from Working at Heights.
The Industry Code of Practice requires that an Glason Group employer must ensure that risks associated with falls from a height are controlled by use of one of the following measures, being the provision and maintenance of:
- A stable and securely fenced work platform (such as scaffolding or other form of portable work platform), or
- If compliance with subparagraph (i) is not reasonably practicable – secure perimeter screens, fencing, handrails or other forms of physical barriers that are capable of preventing the fall of a person, or
- If compliance with subparagraph (ii) is not reasonably practicable – other forms of physical restraints that are capable of arresting the fall of a person from a height of more than 2 metres.
The Industry Code of Practice requires the provision and maintenance of physical restraints that are capable of arresting the fall of a person from a height of more than two metres. But this is only if it is not reasonably practical to provide control measures such as scaffold, perimeter screens, fencing or handrails.
Glason Group Statement of Intent
The objective of this policy is to attain and maintain high standards of health and safety performance throughout Glason Group.
All persons conducting activities employed under the name of Glason Group will adhere to this Health & Safety Policy.
Glason Group will comply with the Occupational Health and Safety Act 2000 (the Act) and Occupational Health and Safety Regulation 2001 (the Regulation) subsequently laid under it and meet the standards required therein.
Hazards will be identified and the risk of injury, disease or dangerous occurrence will be minimised by the achievement and maintenance of high standards of health and safety.
Glason Group Safety Policy
The Glason Group team will always endeavor to:
- Comply with statutory legislation and codes of practice relating to safety and welfare at work;
- Ensure that all management, employees are adequately, informed, trained and equipped to carry out their work in a safe manner;
- Ensure that all employees are made aware of their duty to co-operate with this policy;
- Ensure that this policy is reviewed on a regular basis and that relevant amendments are brought to the attention of all employees and contractors.