Safety Guidelines

Working at heights demands a serious approach and imposes a Duty of Care to all involved.

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Safe Working at Heights demands a serious approach
and imposes a Duty of Care by all involved.

Rope Access Abseiling is a very safe method, provided proper training and work method procedures are in place.


The Industrial Rope Access Abseiling industry is highly regulated and governed by an international and national trade organisation and has its own Australian Standard (AS/NZS4488).


At Vertex Access Solutions, we pride ourselves on directly employing our staff and conducting regular training and assessment with our abseilers to ensure these stringent standards are met and exceeded.


The industry’s best practice stipulates that jobsites must be supervised by a qualified level 3 technician, who must be on site at all times.  Our level 3 technicians ensure your complex will have the required level of supervision every day.


Industrial rope access is a complex field and Vertex has long established appropriate systems to manage the risks and regulations, which are regularly monitored by Government Workplace Health and Safety officers with heavy fines imposed for non-compliance.


Under the Work Health and Safety Act QLD 2011, the “person conducting a business or undertaking”, e.g. the body corporate or complex managers, must ensure as far as is reasonably practicable, that the workplace and the means of entering and leaving it are safe and without risk to the health of the workers.



Our QBCC licence number is 1173915 and we are full member of the Master Painters Association of Australia member 158507.


Industrial Rope Access Trade Association (IRATA)

All operations will be carried out by IRATA qualified personnel in accordance with the IRATA International Code of Practice, AS/NZS 4488.2:1997 Industrial rope access systems Selection, use and maintenance and ISO 22846-2 2012 Personal equipment for protection against falls.


IRATA is fully endorsed by Workplace Health and Safety Queensland and is the only internationally recognised body in this industry.


Workplace Health & Safety

Vertex operates strictly under the guidelines set out in the Workplace Health and Safety Act Queensland 2011.


On site, our team will have a written job specific Safe Work Method Statement (SWMS), which includes a risk assessment, hazard identification and site specific rescue plan.  Public exclusion zones will be set up where required.


Anchor & Ladder Installations

Anchor system and fixed hardware design, if applicable, will be installed in compliance with the following Australian standards and industry guide lines:

  • AS/NZS 4488:1 1997 Industrial Rope Access Systems
  • AS/NZS 1891.2 2001 Industrial fall-arrest systems and devices
  • AS/NZS 1891.3:1997 Industrial fall-arrest systems and devices – Fall-arrest devices
  • AS/NZS 1891.4:2009 Industrial fall-arrest systems and devices Selection, use and maintenance
  • AS 1657-2013 Fixed platforms, walkways, stairways, and ladders – Design, construction and installation
  • AS/NZS 5532:2013 Manufacturing requirements for single-point anchor devices used for harness-based work at height
  • Manufacturer’s installation procedures
  • Managing the Risk of Falls at Workplaces – Code of Practice 2015, Queensland Government



All painting will be conducted as directed under the Australian Standard AS/NZS 2311:2009 Guide to the Painting of Buildings.