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When Are Safety Line Systems Required?

Mansafe System

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) specifies that in instances where Working at Height cannot be avoided, a collective measure of protection, such as Guardrail, should be utilised to protect personnel. In instances where Guardrail is not a suitable option for your roof space, the HSE recommends a personal measure of protection, such as Safety Line and Track systems – commonly referred to as a ‘Mansafe’ system.

The Regulations

Schedule 5, regulation 8(d) of the UK’s Work at Height Regulations 2005 specifies that a Personal Fall Protection system should only be used if a Risk Assessment has demonstrated that:

  1. the work can so far as is reasonably practicable be performed safely while using that system;
  2. the use of other, safer work equipment is not reasonably practicable; and
  3. the user and a sufficient number of available persons have received adequate training specific to the operations envisaged, including rescue procedures.

The Standards

In the UK and Europe, standards relating to both temporary and permanent Personal Fall Protection include:

  • BS EN 795:2012
  • TS 16415:2013
  • Workplace Health Safety & Welfare Regulations 1992
  • The Building Regulations
  • HSE Specialist Inspectors Report No 15 1987
  • BS 6399 Part 1 Loading for Building 1996
  • BS 6399 Part 2 Code of Practice for Wind Loading 1997
  • Construction Health, Safety and Welfare Regulations 1996
  • HSE Health & Safety in Roofwork 2012
  • EN 14122-3 Safety of machinery
  • Permanent means of access to machinery, stairways, stepladders and guardrails 2010
  • The Work at Height Regulations 2005

Personal Fall Protection

Heightsafe’s specialists recommend a Personal Fall Protection system for visually sensitive buildings that require a Work at Height system for personnel. Heightsafe’s market leading systems are designed to meet site-specific requirements, whether directly fixed to a solid structure, or built-up for composite metal decks, single ply membranes, concrete, or lead lined roofs.

TIP: when Working at Height using a Personal Fall Protection system, it is imperative that all personnel are appropriately trained to undertake the work at hand.

8th May 2019 1:32 pm

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