Realm Height Safety is an Australian owned company providing facilities management, owner’s corporation, aged-care communities, health & education facilities and multi-storey commercial and residential properties with height safety solutions.
Our services include height safety audits, testing and certification of existing height safety equipment, safe access solutions and height safety systems installation. Realm Height Safety are SAYFA accredited system installers, qualified rope access technicians and High Rise Work (EWP, Work Safely at Heights) qualified.
What Height Safety Systems Do I Need?
Your height safety system should enable your workers or end-users to safely access areas of your building that require maintenance or ongoing works.
The main determinants of what height safety equipment you require include who will be using the system (and what training they will require to safely use the equipment), how often access will be required, aesthetic impacts on the building facade, as well as assessing any impact on the amenity of those occupying the building.
There are a range of permanent and temporary solutions to safe high access, and Realm Height Safety can assist you in developing an access plan for your building in general or specific works.
Where possible, the highest level of worker protection in the hierarchy of control is to remove the risk. A fall prevention system removes the risk to the worker or end-user by creating a barrier between them and the fall hazard. Examples include guardrails, skylight protectors, and appropriate signage. A Fall Prevention System requires the least amount of operator training.
Fall Restraint & Fall Arrest
Fall restraint systems are much more common, as they are more cost effective. They place more onus on the end user having appropriate working at heights training and competency. They also require safety equipment including harnesses and lanyards that must also be tested regularly.
A fall restraint system allows an end user to access an area near a fall hazard, but stops them from moving beyond the edge. In contrast, a fall arrest system will arrest a fall from height. A fall arrest system will require a more complex rescue plan should retrieval of a fallen worker be required.
These systems typically use Fall Arrest Anchors and Static Lines to enable access.
Rope Access / Abseiling Anchors
Rope access is typically used for difficult facade access. Typical users include high rise window cleaners, as well as facade maintenance and inspections. Rope Access systems are only to be used by qualified rope access technicians. Rope Access Anchors differ from fall arrest/restraint anchors in that they are designed to hold a static load.
Many times a building has fall-arrest anchors installed and building managers are confused when rope access workers refuse to use the anchors. Fall arrest anchors are usually what is called a “deforming” anchor. It is designed to take energy from the fall, and maintain integrity whilst a rescue is initiated. Rope Access Workers cannot use these anchors as they may deform, and require immediate replacement.
Buildings with overhanging balconies or other architectural features may also have what are called “re-belay” anchors installed. These allow rope access workers to access these difficult areas. These anchors require annual testing through the use of a load-tester. This “pull-test” should be completed to half the rated strength of the anchor.
Roof Access, Ladders, Walkway
Realm Height Safety can also install, test and certify your roof access solutions including rung ladders, fold-down ladders, roof access hatches, and rooftop walkway.
How Often Should My Height Safety System Be Tested?
How often your height safety equipment needs to be tested depends on the type of system installed. Passive and Fall Protection systems such as fixed ladders, walkways, guardrails and platforms need to be inspected by a competent person every 12 months. Likewise, Fall Arrest and Restraint Anchor Points and Static Lines (vertically on ladders or horizontal near unprotected edges) should also be inspected every 12 months.
Not sure what your building has? A Height Safety Audit is the way to go. Realm will identify your existing height safety equipment, testing requirements and changes required to bring your building into compliance. Have more than one building? Realm Height Safety have nationwide capability, and have already conducted nationwide height safety audits for leading retail and facilities management companies.
Rope Access Anchor Testing and Certification
Rope Access anchors should be tested every 12 months (every 6 months in some industrial settings), including load testing where applicable. Safety harnesses, gear and equipment should be inspected 6 monthly by a height safety equipment inspector.
As accredited SAYFA systems installers and testers, and qualified rope access technicians, Realm Height Safety has the experience, qualifications and equipment to perform all your safety system inspections and testing. Our Hydrajaw load testers are calibrated and certified, ensuring your peace of mind.
Our documentation is industry leading, and will ensure you have a detailed representation and accountability for all your height safety equipment.
Why Realm Height Safety? Why Being An End-User Matters.
At Realm Height Safety, we are not only installers of height safety equipment, but end-users. As qualified rope access technicians, who regularly use rope access anchors and fall arrest systems for high rise window cleaning, gutter cleaning, and facade pressure washing, we have a unique insight into what equipment your building needs to get the job done.
Our experience means you wont be charged for anchors and fall arrest points that will never be used. Worse yet, many times we have arrived to a building for window cleaning works only to find the anchors are placed in a way that prohibits safe access of all work areas.
Save your company or owner’s corporation money, wasted time and resources, ensure your height safety system is designed and installed by a company with experience using the products.
Start Your Height Safety Journey with Realm
Height safety is a difficult and changing landscape for facilities managers. Recent and pending changes to height safety regulations mean now is the time to get on top of your height safety compliance. Get in touch with us, and we will guide you through the entire process.