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Revised version of Scaffold Standard AS 4576

A revised version of AS 4576 Guidelines for scaffolding has been published by Standards Australia (version AS 4576:2020 replaces AS/NZS 4576:1995). This version provides guidance for training and preparation of sites for scaffolding.

It ensures scaffolding and scaffolding equipment is safely:

  • selected
  • supplied
  • erected
  • altered
  • dismantled
  • maintained
  • inspected and used.

What’s contained in the AS 4576 update?

AS 4576 Guidelines for scaffolding is a companion to the AS/NZS 1576 series of scaffolding standards. The revised 2020 version of AS 4576 incorporates updates resulting from changes made to these scaffolding standards since 1995. Major changes include guidance on:

  • working over water
  • using bay extension (hop-up) platforms and tie bars
  • the use of harnesses attached to scaffolding
  • trestle ladder scaffolds
  • tying of scaffolds and working platforms.

The section on training of scaffolders has been updated and no longer covers the certification of scaffolders as this has been replaced by High Risk Work Licences.

Requirements for suspended scaffolds has been removed (this is now covered in AS/NZS 1576.4). Guidance on mast climbing work platforms has also been removed (this is now in AS2550.16)

The Standard is available for purchase from the Standards Australia Webstore (powered by Techstreet) and SAI Global.

HIA Safety can help you with your safety systems

HIA Safety has a team of qualified consultants that understand the construction industry. Our specialist team provides consultancy and innovative solutions to meet the needs of all our clients. This ensures that you have the correct systems and processes in place to best protect your staff, other contractors, clients and your business.

To find out more, contact HIA’s Building Services team.

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