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AS 1657-2013, Fixed platforms, walkways, stairways and ladders - Design, construction and installation

Updated after 21 years, AS 1657-2013 reflects changes in the industry and seeks to align current Work Health Safety (WHS) regulations and the National Construction Code (NCC).

AS 1657-2013 has been revised to provide users with a complete set of guidelines including technical specifications and criteria for fixed platforms, walkways, guardrails, stairways, ladders and permanently configured (but movable) platforms.

This Standard has a focus on greater safety for personnel who need to access spaces for operating, inspection, maintenance and servicing purposes.

The new edition includes the following changes:

  • Inclusion of single stile ladders
  • Access to roofs has been addressed
  • References to the regulatory authority have been removed
  • A broader scope of testing products and more complete test methods
  • Testing of a wider range of products has been introduced for use when proof of performance is required,
  • plus more.

Easy to use, clear and concise, this Standard is essential for manufacturers, designers, installers and inspectors in the Australian construction industry.

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