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Sayfa is now Kattsafe

We’ve built a name for ourselves by continuously innovating safer, simpler height access and fall protection systems, and now it’s time for our business to evolve too.

Bringing everything we do under one new name makes it even simpler to work with us and use our products. And behind it all, we’re still the same team, quality products, and customer service that you’ve come to expect.

Do you know the law?

From building design through to installation and ongoing improvements and maintenance, we all have a duty of care to make sure working at height is as safe as possible. 

PLEASE NOTE: The information on this page is relevant to Australian-based businesses only. For more information on legal requirements in other regions, please contact us directly.

Know the risks

Working at heights remains a high-risk activity and is one of the leading causes of death and serious injury in Australia.


Related to falling from height from 2021-2022


Of fatalities occur from a height of 3 metres or less


The estimated annual cost of height safety issues in Australia

Understanding the layers of legislation

Unfortunately there is no single source of information on height safety requirements in Australia. Here is an overview of the different layers of legislation that are relevant to the height safety industry.

Work Health and Safety Acts

The Work Health and Safety (WHS) Acts are the framework for the protection of the health, safety and welfare of all those at work. They outline the broad legal responsibilities of architects, designers, builders, building managers, installers and maintenance workers.

All states (except for Victoria and Western Australia) are covered by the Work Health and Safety (WHS) Act. Victoria is covered by the Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) Act 2004 and Western Australia is covered by the Work Health and Safety Act 2020.

OHS and WHS are not significantly different, the WHS simply provides some additional clarification in some sections. All our products are fully compliant with the more detailed WHS Act to ensure more comprehensive coverage Australia-wide.

Access the full Work Health and Safety Act 2011

Work Health and Safety Regulations

The Work Health and Safety (WHS) Regulations 2011 provide details on how to prevent, minimise or eliminate hazards and risks in your workplace. It is a legal requirement that any PCBU (Person Conducting Business or Undertaking) must adhere to what the Regulations say. If there is not a specific Regulation that relates to your industry, you must choose an appropriate way to manage exposure to the risk as far as is reasonably practicable.

Download the 2011 Work Health and Safety Regulations

Codes of practice

Codes of practice give practical information on how to meet the requirements of Acts and Regulations. Following an approved code of practice helps ensure you achieve compliance with the health and safety duties in the WHS Act and WHS Regulations.

Like regulations, codes of practice deal with particular issues and may not cover all relevant hazards or risks. You are still required to consider all risks associated with work, not only those or which regulations and codes of practice exist. 

Codes of Practice cover various areas including:

  • Management of risks and how to identify hazards

  • Implementation and maintenance of control measures

  • Types of devices for use in regard to the risks or hazards

  • Emergency procedures

  • Design considerations

Download the model Code of Practice for Managing the risk of falls at workplaces

Australian Standards

Australian Standards are published guidelines to ensure the safety, performance and reliability of goods, services and systems.

Standards are not laws, so there is no general requirement to conform to a Standard. However, there are certain Standards that require compliance according to WHS laws. Failure to comply with legally required Standards can result in a breach of WHS and potential prosecution. It’s helpful to note that compliance with Standards, even when not legally required, is often taken into consideration by the court in the case of legal action. 

Height safety equipment and working at heights are governed by the below Australian Standards.

  • AS 1657:2018 Fixed Platforms, Walkways, Stairways and Ladders

  • AS/NZS 1891.1 Part 1: Safety Belts and Harnesses

  • AS/NZS 1891.2 Part 2: Horizontal Lifeline and Rail Systems

  • AS/NZS 1891:3 Part 3: Fall Arrest Devices

  • AS/NZS 1891.4 Part 4: Selection, Use and Maintenance of Industrial Fall Arrest Systems and Devices

  • AS2625 Safe Working in a Confined Space

  • AS/NZS ISO 22846 Industrial Rope Access Systems

  • AS/NZS 5532 Manufacturers' requirements for single point anchors 

You can purchase copies of the above Standards from SIA Global.

Get expert advice

Work with a height safety specialist to ensure you and your workers are being provided with the best fall protection.

Get in touch with our expert team who will provide you with further information and provide details for a height safety specialist in your area.

Legislation 101

Familiarise yourself with the essentials of height safety legislation.