Following Government changes to the safety guidelines the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) published a brief guide to the ‘Work at height – A brief guide to the law’. The guidance set out clear and simple terms for workers to follow when operating at height, without changing the Work at Height Regulations themselves.
The guide offers advice to businesses in different sectors and helps workers to be clearer about their own responsibilities for working safely. The guide includes clear advice on the following issues:
- How to comply with Work at height regulations
- How to decide if someone is ‘competent’ to work at height
- What measures should be taken to help protect people
- What are the most common causes of accidents when working at height
- What needs to be considered when planning work at height
- How to select the right equipment to use for a job
- How to make sure the equipment itself is in good condition
- What employees need to do
- What architects and building designers need to do
Judith Hackitt, chair of the HSE said: “We have a sensible set of regulations and have been working with business to improve our guidance – making it simpler and clearer and dispelling some of the persistent myths about what the law requires.”
The Access Industry Forum (AIF), who worked with the HSE on the changes, has expressed its approval of the changes. Forum chair Peter Bennett said: “It was clear from the outset that where problems existed with the Work at Height Regulations, they arose from the misinterpretation of the Regulations rather than from the Regulations themselves.”
The new document should help prevent the deaths and injuries caused each year by falls at work. The new, simplified guidance has been designed to provide straightforward and uncomplicated advice to anyone working at height.
Download the HSE Simplified Guidance to Work at Height