Does your temporary fence installation comply with the Australian temporary fence standards?
The reason we ask this is because recently we were approached on Facebook with an offer to buy Temporary Fencing from China, which has led us to write this blog. It may be tempting to buy cheap imported fencing or second-hand fencing off EBay or Gumtree, especially if you have plans to use it a lot. But don’t be fooled into thinking that just because temporary fencing is… well… temporary, that there are no standards and regulations in place for them.
In fact, because they are a temporary, self-supporting structure it’s all the more important to make sure they are manufactured, installed and maintained in accordance with the Australian Standards to ensure safety all round.
Australian Temporary Fence Standards – What are they?
As a builder, construction worker or supplier, you are most likely aware of what the Australian Standards are and what they mean to your business, however if you are a property owner, an event organiser or otherwise, the Australian Standards may be a foreign concept, so below is a brief overview of what the Australian Standards are and why they are so important.
The Australian Standards are a set of rules and regulations that specify the minimum requirements for products, materials and services being used in Australia to ensure an acceptable level of safety and quality.
Standards vary from country to country, so it’s important to make sure that any goods or services you use here in Australia (especially if they have been imported from overseas) meet the Australian Standards. This includes Temporary Fencing.
Does your Temporary Fencing meet the Australian Standards AS 4687-2007?
Not quite sure if the temporary fence you are using meets the Australian Standards AS 4687-2007 for temporary fencing and hoardings? No worries, the requirements in this department are fairly straight forward. If your temporary fence meets the following standards then you are good as gold:
- Achieves a minimum height of 1500mm
- Remains erect and stable at all times
- Has been installed, moved or altered by a competent and trained installer
- Has been installed in accordance with the specific hirer’s instruction/installation manual
- The fence design has taken into account wind loading, impact tests and stability
- All fencing components are in good condition and maintained regularly
These Australian temporary fencing standards apply to all sites, including flat, sloping and uneven sites, and if temporary fencing is erected on a site that is not deemed private property, then approvals and/or permits may also be required.
It’s as simple as that! While the list of Australian Standards for temporary fencing may not be long, it is important to ensure the safety of your site.
If your temporary fencing does not meet these standards, you’ve imported poor quality fencing from China or you’ve had your best mate’s brother-in-law have a crack at installing it, then you may have a problem on your hands and could be liable for any incident or injury that comes about due to non-compliant fencing.
Fortunately, if you hire all your temporary fencing through Hire Rite Temporary Fence, then you can breathe easy. We guarantee that ALL our fencing meets the Australian Standards AS 4687-2007 for temporary fencing and hoarding as well as Australian Standard 1926.1 – 2012 for pool fencing. And each and every one of our fencing installers are fully trained and competent in installing and adjusting your temporary fence as required.
Not quite sure if your temporary fence meets the standards, or you want to talk with one of our expert temporary fence installers about your next project? Give us a call:
Newcastle: (02) 4956 9060 | Central Coast: (02) 4311 9133 | Sydney: (02) 8332 1640 | Wollongong: (02) 4225 0176