What is classed as working at height?
-There are no minimum height requirements. A place is ‘at height’ where a person could be injured falling from it, even at or below ground level. All such work must be undertaken only subject to a strict hierarchy for managing and selecting equipment for work at height.
-All work at height activities should be subject to documented risk assessments available to all employees. Assessments should be reviewed periodically to ensure they are still relevant and appropriate. Ensure all employees sign for any training given, otherwise in the event of an accident it is your word against there's, which can make the claims process very difficult.
-The Work at Height Regulations 2005 applies to all work at height where a risk of personal injury exists. There is a duty on all employers including the self-employed to ensure that work at height is safely managed. Furthermore if you are responsible for the control of other people at work e.g. facilities managers and building owners then the duty extends to you.
Safety measures when working at height
-Avoid work at height where possible, for example doing the work from ground level
-Use work equipment or other measures to prevent falls, where work at height cannot be avoided
-Minimise the distance and consequences of potential falls
Access equipment for working at height
-Ladders and step ladders
-Work platforms including mobile elevated work platforms
Any access equipment must be fit for purpose and suitable training provided for any one person using it. A risk assessment must also be undertaken for all work at height activities.