SAQ Member Alert from June 2022
As you know, the Scaffolding Code of Practice 2021 commenced on 1st July 2021, with the exception of section 18.104.22.168 which had a delayed commencement.
The SAQ Committee reminds all of our members that section 22.214.171.124 Step Heights is due to commence on 1st July 2022.
Section 126.96.36.199 applies to stand-alone scaffolding where erection commences 12 months after 1 July 2021.
The new recommendation is that the step height from the scaffold stair module on to the working platform should be minimised so that it is no more than 300 millimetres. This only applies where there is a change in direction between landings.
Scaffold stairs modules are typically 1.5 metres vertically in height on scaffolds which usually have 2 metre lift heights. This creates an issue with the final step height from the scaffold stair, onto the working platform being approximately 500 millimetres.
This creates a significant risk of a slip, trip or fall hazard especially as workers may be turning and bending to access the work platform from the scaffold stair while carrying tools and equipment.
A cost-effective way for industry to meet this new requirement involves replacing existing 1.5 metre stair modules with 2-metre modules.
Alternatively, we know that members have come up with their own solutions to this section using current scaffolding components.