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Don’t risk non-compliance

Australia has recently introduced a new Standard for Postinstalled Concrete Anchoring. Published by Standards Australia in late 2018 titled AS 5216:2018 “Design of post-installed and cast-in fastenings in concrete”. The new Standard was developed by an expert committee (AEFAC) representing relevant organisations in the fastening industry. This New Standard requires cast-in and all post-installed fasteners to be considered either as safety critical or non-critical. * Safety-critical applications are defined as fastenings where failure may result in collapse or partial collapse of the structure, endanger human life and/or cause considerable economic loss. Non-critical applications would be fasteners into concrete where failure is not likely to endanger human life or result in a substantial economic cost. The determination of a Safety- Critical Application should be made by the design engineer or the person responsible for the installation if they have the necessary design skills. All safety-critical fasteners must be designed for the appropriate design loads as set out in the National Construction Code (NCC) 2019. Many post-installed fasteners that have typically been used in the past will no longer be suitable for safety-critical applications in cracked concrete. Retailers, you also have an obligation to ask the question of your customers, “are these fasteners being used for a safety-critical application?” as well as educate your customers on their statutory requirements and the need for correct design.

For any enquiries on the above information please contact ICCONS your code compliant specialists!

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