Training is the first step to ensure that your personnel are protected whilst Working at Height.
The Work at Height Regulations 2005 state that as an employer or duty holder, you are required to ensure that all employees have access to Work at Height equipment that reflects the requirements and regulations, including training in the use of equipment.
Work at Height training courses are designed to help you and your team comply with relevant regulations and at the end of a training course, you should be confident to:
- Undertake a working at height risk assessment;
- Use access equipment safely;
- Reduce or eliminate risk of falls from height;
- Ensure compliance with the Work at Height Regulations 2005;
- Carry out an effective rescue.
Work at Height Systems
Legislation dictates that a Work at Height System should be in place when employees or contractors carry out Work at Height – there are many solutions available to suit individual site and maintenance requirements, here we discuss the benefits of Heightsafe’s most popular products.
- Collective Edge Protection: Guardrails and Handrails provide a building with an adequate collective measure of protection (as recommended by the HSE), meaning personnel are able move around the roof space freely without the potential of entering a fall risk area.
- Personal Fall Protection: Safety Lines, Cables and Tracks are compatible with nearly every roof build up, meaning the system is a great solution for preventing falls whilst completing maintenance works.
Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) is a vital part of protecting you against Health and Safety risks at work and includes items such as safety harnesses and lanyards – legally required when using most Personal Fall Protection. As an employer it is your duty to ensure that personnel are adequately trained when it comes to selecting the correct PPE for the job, as well as regular testing and maintenance of the equipment.
Inspection, Testing and Compliance
It is important that all Work at Height Systems and PPE are compliant with regulations and are tested and certified regularly by a qualified professional. If your systems are not visibly tagged and in compliance, it will not only invalidate your insurance, but could also lead to prosecution, should an employee, contractor or even trespasser suffer any injuries.
To keep on top of safety at height, Heightsafe’s specialists recommend that you:
- Appoint a trusted health and safety partner, to give expert advice;
- Ensure employees are trained;
- Keep work areas safe;
- Get your assets and PPE tested regularly.