OHS Code

Published Date: July 01, 2009
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Part 23 Scaffolds and Temporary Work Platforms

Section 326 Tagging requirements

(1) An employer must ensure that a scaffold is colour coded using tags at each point of entry indicating its status and condition as follows:

(a) a green tag with “Safe for Use”, or similar wording, to indicate it is safe for use;

(b) a yellow tag with “Caution: Potential or Unusual Hazard”, or similar wording, to indicate the presence of a potential or unusual hazard;

(c) a red tag with “Unsafe for Use”, or similar wording, to indicate it is not safe to use.

(2) An employer must ensure that a bracket scaffold, double-pole scaffold, needle-beam scaffold, outrigger scaffold, single-pole scaffold, suspended scaffold or swingstage scaffold erected but not immediately put into service, or not used for more than 21 consecutive calendar days, has a red tag at each point of entry until it is inspected and tagged by a competent worker for use.

(3) An employer must ensure that a bracket scaffold, double-pole scaffold, needle-beam scaffold, outrigger scaffold, single-pole scaffold, suspended scaffold or swingstage scaffold is inspected and tagged by a competent worker before it is used for the first time and at intervals of not more than 21 calendar days while workers work from the scaffold or materials are stored on it.

(4) A tag attached to a scaffold under this section expires 21 calendar days after the date of the inspection it records.

(5) A tag required by this section must include

(a) the duty rating of the scaffold,

(b) the date on which the scaffold was last inspected,

(c) the name of the competent worker who last inspected the scaffold,

(d) any precautions to be taken while working on the scaffold, and

(e) the expiry date of the tag.

(6) A worker must not use a scaffold if it has

(a) a red tag,

(b) a green or yellow tag that has expired, or

(c) no tag at all.

(7) Subsection (6) does not apply to a competent worker who is involved in the erection, inspection or dismantling of a scaffold.