Working at Heights Training
Describes what you, as an employer, need to do to protect your employees from falls from height. It will also be useful to employees and their representatives.
Following this guidance is normally enough to comply with the Work at Height Regulations 2005 (WAHR)
You are free to take other action, except where the guidance says you must do something specific
Falls from height are one of the biggest causes of workplace fatalities and major injuries. Common causes are falls from ladders and through fragile roofs. The purpose of WAHR is to prevent death and injury from a fall from height. Work at height means work in any place where, if there were no precautions in place, a person could fall a distance liable to cause personal injury.
For example, you are working at height if you:
Are working on a ladder or a flat roof
Could fall through a fragile surface
Could fall into an opening in a floor or a hole in the ground
Employers and those in control of any work at height activity must make sure work is properly planned, supervised and carried out by competent people. This includes using the right type of equipment for working at height.
You should make sure that people with sufficient skills, knowledge and experience are employed to perform the task, or, if they are being trained, that they work under the supervision of somebody competent to do it.
Before doing any working at height, you must work through these simple steps:
Avoid work at height where it is reasonably practicable to do so
Where work at height cannot be avoided, prevent falls using either an existing place of work that is already safe or the right type of equipment
Minimise the distance and consequences of a fall, by using the right type of equipment where the risk cannot be eliminated
If you are involved with the use of any kind of ladders in the workplace then you will require awareness training.
A Trainer will attend site and complete Working at Height awareness training pointing out any requirements under Working at Height guidelines and to make aware any working at height activity needs to be properly planned, supervised and carried out by competent people. This includes using the right types of equipment for working at height.