SA Part G8 Access for maintenance
Introduction to this Part
This Part sets out additional requirements for access for maintenance.
The Objectives of this Part are—
- to safeguard people from injury while cleaning windows; and
- to safeguard people from injury or illness resulting from the creation of hazardous spaces between buildings.
The space between buildings must not allow hazardous conditions to arise due to accumulation of rubbish that cannot readily be removed.
The space between buildings must be sufficient to allow access for inspection and maintenance, to avoid hazardous conditions arising due to accumulation of rubbish that could—
- bridge termite barriers; or
- harbour vermin; or
- create a fire hazard.
Application of Part
- by means of a movable gantry; or
- by means of reversible pivoting sashes, each of which has catches that secure the mesh in either the normal or reversed position and give visual indication that the window is secure, provided that where a window sill is less than 900 mm above floor level, safety anchorages are provided; or
- by means of safety harness, having all anchorages—
- designed and installed in accordance with AS/NZS 1891.4; and
- constructed of approved corrosion resistant material; or
- by means of opening sashes, in which the maximum reach to the farthest part of the window must not exceed 500 mm upwards or 1 m sideways or downwards and provided that where the window sill is less than 900 mm above floor level, safety anchorages are provided.
Access for window cleaning
Every part of an external wall of a building must be not less than 600 mm from—
- the external wall of any other building on the same allotment, unless the two buildings are abutting; or
- any boundary of the allotment, unless that wall is on or abutting the boundary,
unless the space between external columns is not infilled.
Access for inspection and maintenance between buildings