Test and Tag Height Safety Equipment

Who can Test and Tag Height Safety Equipment?

Test and Tag Height Safety Equipment needs to be carried out by a competent person.  This includes all your Fall Protection, Fall Arrest & Fall Restraint Equipment and Systems.

To find out how a competent person is defined read our article .

Test and Tag Height Safety Equipment

When do I need to use Height Safety Equipment?

For anyone working at heights of 2 metres or higher, Height Safety Equipment is required. In addition, all Height Safety Equipment should meet Australian Standards.  A height safety engineer must perform a detailed inspection of the site.  They will determine how the relevant regulations apply per site, its use and the type of Height Safety Equipment required for your premises to achieve compliance depends.

Test and Tag Height Safety Equipment Ascender

Types of Equipment/ Devices and Systems?

There are different types height safetey equipment and systems.  Furthermore, the most appropriate equipment for the premises will depend on the fall hazards that are present.  In additon, where the work is carried out and the work environment needs to be factored in.

Height Safety Lanyard

How regular does Equipment need to be test, tagged and certified?

  • PPE and all webbing-based systems – Every 6 months.
  • Anchor points and rail systems – Every 12 months.
  • Static lines – Every 12 months.
  • Ladder systems – as per manufacturer’s recommendations.
  • Handrailing systems – as per manufacturer’s recommendations.

The above time frames are a guide.  Because other issues,  such as frequency of use and environmental conditions, must be taken into consideration.  We recommend contacting Absolute Lifting and Safety so we can provide specific advice for your site.

Height Safety Line Kit

What are some of the ranges of height safety equipment?

A comprehensive height safety system may require the installation of several different types of height safety equipment:

Workplace Injuries & Incidents April & May

Workplace Injuries & Incidents April & May


The below Serious Workplace Injuries / Incident Alerts for April-May (Embedded Content Extracts) were taken from WorkSafe QLD at https://www.worksafe.qld.gov.au

Click on the Articles to Read more including outcomes, fines and control measures to mitigate risk.

Diving tower edge protection

This safety alert highlights the risk of falls from diving tower structures and provides guidance on risk controls. It applies to parts of diving towers where there is a risk of someone falling onto a solid structure below. It does not apply to parts of diving towers directly above water.

Worker seriously injured after fall from roof

In March 2021, a worker suffered serious injuries when he fell approximately six metres through a roof after walking on an old skylight panel that had previously been covered. It appears the void cover plate was held in place by pop rivets.

Fake disposable respiratory protective equipment

The purpose of this safety alert is to assist businesses in identifying fake (non-certified) respirators and highlight the risks associated with using them..

Safety Challenges Water Industry

Safety Challenges Water Industry

Australians consume an average of 82,000 litres of freshwater per person each year.  A further 80 litres of water per connection every day on average are lost by utilities before it even reaches our homes. For small utilities, this figure is around 110 litres per day.

Demands & Challenges on Infrastructure

  • Climate change affects water supply patterns and threatens assets.
  • Population growth has consequences for our water security and infrastructure.
  • Older assets need to be replaced and upgraded.

Demands on People and Infrastructure

  • Plumbers, irrigators and other people involved in maintenance work for wastewater systems or recycled water.
  • Workers at sewage treatment plants.
  • Workers transporting septage from septic tanks to licensed facilities.
  • Workers applying bio-solids to land
  • Water supply, sewerage, waste management and remediation activities.
  • Water collection, treatment, supply and disposal.
  • Materials recovery


  • Working on reservoir roofs and elevated platforms
  • Roofs and elevated platforms
  • Working on dam assets and weirs
  • Working around holes and openings such as pump stations and pits.
  • Working on steep embankments
  • Removing grid mesh flooring panels
  • Constructing or using scaffolds
  • Construction of infrastructure
  • Working on large mobile equipment
  • Using ladders
  • Accessing utility and truck trays and trailers
  • In or on plant that is being used to gain access to an elevated level
  • In the vicinity of an opening through which a person could fall.
  • In the vicinity of an edge over which a person could fall
  • On or in the vicinity of a surface through which a person could fall
  • On or near the vicinity of a slippery, sloping, or unstable surface.

Chemical hazards.

Sewage can be deficient in oxygen or contain flammable gases such as methane and toxic gases such as carbon monoxide and hydrogen sulfide. For example, flammable gases may be released during vehicle transport of human sewage due to agitation, presenting a risk of fire or explosion. Sewage may also contain harmful substances from trade waste or industrial and commercial facilities, such as certain solvents, organic chemicals and heavy metals.

 Biological hazards.

Pathogens (disease causing organisms such as viruses, bacteria, protozoa or other microorganisms) are found in sewage. Most of the health effects in occupational exposures to sewage are attributed to the microbial hazards. There are four principal categories of microbial hazards found in raw sewage:




  • Eliminate the need to work at height and perform Ground level maintenance and assembly of plant equipment.
  • Elevated work platforms, scaffolding or work boxes
    Safety harness and lanyards
  • Davit for entry into confined spaces and or reservoirs
  • Fall Restraint systems
  • Lifting Slings
  • Edge Protection and Guard Rails
  • Elavated Work Platforms
  • Signage
  • Exclusion zones
  • Regular scheduled periodic inspections
  • PPE
  • Rescue Kits
  • Stretchers

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Ikar Fall Arrest Blocks

Ikar Fall Arrest Blocks

IKAR Accredited Service Agents

Absolute Lifting and Safety are an IKAR Accredited Service Agent, authorised to inspect, service, repair and re-certify IKAR Fall Arrest Blocks.  We offer on site inspections and servicing for all your IKAR equipment including IKAR Rescue Recovery Winches,  IKAR Self Retracting Lifeline with Self Rescue, IKAR SRL for Elevated Work Platforms,
IKAR Self Retracting Lifelines (SRL), IKAR Twin Self Retracting Lifelines, harnesses, anchorage devices, height safety devices and descent devices.


Ikar Accedited Service Agent

IKAR Rescue Recovery Winches

IKAR Rescue Recovery Winches are Fall arrest devices with rescue lifting and lowering capabilities.  They are equipped with a recovery mechanism operated by a device mounted handle. After an arrested fall, or if the user becomes incapacitated at the bottom of a shaft, the recovery mechanism can easily be engaged by a second person to raise or lower the person to a place of safety.

Rescue Recovery Winches


IKAR Rescue Recovery Winches

IKAR Fall Arrest Block

Features : IKAR height-safety devices with rescue hoisting facilities

Equipped with a winching unit, type 3 SRL to AS/NZS1891.3. In case of a rescue after a fall, the person who has suffered the accident can be rescued quickly and safely. The unit is completely closed. All parts are made from stainless steel, aluminium or shockproof plastic..

SRL for Elevated Work Platforms

IKAR Rescue Recovery Winches

The ACB18 Self Retracting Lifeline is an ideal product to use in an Elevated Work Platform, designed to reduce the maximum arresting force to less than 3kN which is an industry first in Australia. The EWPACB18 can be attached to anchor points at feet level.


IKAR Rescue Recovery Winches

Sturdy, low-maintenance, double, height-safety device with webbing lifeline, for 1 person. The lifeline 2 x 2m incorporates sewn fall indicator. Lightweight aluminum housing with a rotational attachment eye. Swivel double action hooks with a gate opening of 27mm on the end of each lifeline.

IKAR Self Retracting Lifeline with Self Rescue

IKAR Rescue Recovery Winches

Ideal for applications where rescue is required to reduce the opportunity of suspension trauma occurring in a suspended person in the event of a fall. In the event of a fall, the internal brakes activates the same as a traditional SRL and the unit arrests the falling person. Once the person’s fall is completely arrested the Self Rescue Unit automatically starts extending the steel wire rope line and lowers the person down to the ground or other suitable landing.

SRL for Elevated Work Platforms

IKAR Rescue Recovery Winches

IKAR SRL’s incorporate a web or steel-rope lifeline that habitually extends and retracts allowing the user unhindered movement and mobility around the work areas.  In the event of the fall, the internal brakes activate and the unit arrests the falling person within 600mm and limits the arresting force passed onto the worker’s body.

Height Safety Fall Protection

Height Safety Fall Protection



When it comes to height safety fall protection connectors are devices that attach to a full-body harness.  In addition, they combine to make up the anchorage system.  When working at heights they are an essential element of any fall protection system.  In particular, fall protection devices and equipment, like shock absorbing lanyards or self retracting lifelines and or multiple devices working together, form a fall protection system.


To arrest potential falls, full-body harnesses worn when working at height must be connected to an anchor point.  Furthermore, this can be done in a variety of ways. Primarily, the most common are rope or webbing shock absorbing lanyards.  Secondly, rope grabs, ladder sleeves and self retracting lifelines are all considered as connectors.  When working at heights selecting the right connector based on your application, the task undertaken and other factors such as fall clearances are important to assess in regards to fall protection.  In addition, it is also essential that the connector is compatible with the harness and anchor point at both ends.  As a result, careful attention is required  to eliminate any potential for “rollout” caused by incompatible hardware.

PODCAST – Quality and Application Engineer,  Zach Lawler, for 3M’s  in the Personal Safety Division joins host Mark Reggers to discuss fall protection connectors.