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Guidelines for Scaffolding draft open for comment

All HRIA members in the scaffolding industry can review and submit comment to the draft of the proposed revision to Australian & New Zealand Standard AS 4576, ‘Guidelines for Scaffolding’.

The Public Comment period is open but will close 2 January 2020.

The AS 4576 has been a general training tool for scaffolding. It is often specified as a compliance document in general scaffolding applications, Joseph Lo Presti, Engineering Manager at Safesmart Access.

Major changes

The major changes to the Standard include:
1.  It is now solely an Australian Standard;
2.  The format and structure of the Standard has been revised;
3.  Guidance has been added on working over water;
4.  Guidance has been added on using bay extension (hop-up) platforms and tie bars;
5.  The guidance on training has been updated and no longer covers certification of scaffolders;
6.  Guidance for Suspended Scaffolds (Swing Stages) has been removed and is provided in AS/NZS 1576.4;
7.  Guidance for Mast Climbing Work Platforms has been removed and is provided in AS 2550.16.
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