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2 Working at Height How to comply with the new Regulations Mark Sutton For SAFEHANDS Health & Safety Consultants Ltd

3 Why introduce these New Regulations? Biggest Killer 67 Fatal Accidents 2003/04 Biggest Killer 67 Fatal Accidents 2003/ Major Accidents 2003/ Major Accidents 2003/04 The single biggest cause of Workplace Deaths The single biggest cause of Workplace Deaths One of the biggest causes of major accidents One of the biggest causes of major accidents 2/3 of all major injuries caused by low falls 2/3 of all major injuries caused by low falls

4 Why are these rules important? These regulations have been made to prevent the Deaths and Injuries caused each year by falls at work These regulations have been made to prevent the Deaths and Injuries caused each year by falls at work They REPLACE all the earlier regulations about working at height and implement European Council Directive 2001/45/EC concerning safety and health for use of equipment for work at height (the Temporary Work at Height Directive). They REPLACE all the earlier regulations about working at height and implement European Council Directive 2001/45/EC concerning safety and health for use of equipment for work at height (the Temporary Work at Height Directive).

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6 What is Work at Height? Regulation 2 Explains for the purposes of the Regulations, certain words and phrases that will crop up throughout the document which unless defined could be interpreted differently from one industry to another. Work at Height Work at Height Work in any place, including a place in: the course of obtaining access to or egress from any place except by a staircase in a permanent workplace or; the course of obtaining access to or egress from any place except by a staircase in a permanent workplace or; At or below ground level from which a person could fall a distance liable to cause personal injury and any reference to working at height will include access to or egress from such places whilst at work. At or below ground level from which a person could fall a distance liable to cause personal injury and any reference to working at height will include access to or egress from such places whilst at work.

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8 Working at height Working on a scaffold or MEWP Working on a scaffold or MEWP Working on the back of a lorry Working on the back of a lorry Using cradles or ropes to gain access Using cradles or ropes to gain access Climbing permanent structures such as gantries Climbing permanent structures such as gantries Working close to excavations, cellars or other openings. Working close to excavations, cellars or other openings. Staging or trestles (concerts filming etc) Staging or trestles (concerts filming etc) Not working at height Activities carried out by private individuals (even if the equipment used is from work). Trips and slips on the level surface Activities carried out by private individuals (even if the equipment used is from work). Trips and slips on the level surface Falls on permanent stairways (unless under structural maintenance) Falls on permanent stairways (unless under structural maintenance) Working in a building (e.g. office) with multiple floors where there is no risk of falling (except if the staff use a stepladder to change the bulbs within the office) Working in a building (e.g. office) with multiple floors where there is no risk of falling (except if the staff use a stepladder to change the bulbs within the office)

9 Access and egress Access and egress Working Platform Working Platform Includes ascent and descent Includes ascent and descent Any platform used as a place of work, or as a means of access to or egress from a place of work. Any platform used as a place of work, or as a means of access to or egress from a place of work. Any scaffold, suspended scaffold, cradle, mobile platform, trestle, gangway, gantry or stairway which is so used Any scaffold, suspended scaffold, cradle, mobile platform, trestle, gangway, gantry or stairway which is so used But does not include a building or other But does not include a building or other permanent structure permanent structure

10 Work equipment Work equipment Ladder Ladder Line Line Any machinery, appliance, apparatus, tool or installation for use at work and includes anything to which Regulation 8 and schedules 2 to 6 of the WAHR apply. Any machinery, appliance, apparatus, tool or installation for use at work and includes anything to which Regulation 8 and schedules 2 to 6 of the WAHR apply. Includes a fixed ladder and a step ladder Includes a fixed ladder and a step ladder Includes rope, chain or webbing Includes rope, chain or webbing

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12 Competence Competence Personal fall protection Personal fall protection Fragile surface Fragile surface Every employer shall ensure that no person engages in activity, including organisation, planning or supervision, in relation to work at height or work equipment for use in such work unless he is competent to do so or, if being trained, is being supervised by a competent person Every employer shall ensure that no person engages in activity, including organisation, planning or supervision, in relation to work at height or work equipment for use in such work unless he is competent to do so or, if being trained, is being supervised by a competent person A fall prevention, work restraint, work positioning, fall arrest or rescue system other than a system in which the only safeguards are collective safeguards or: A fall prevention, work restraint, work positioning, fall arrest or rescue system other than a system in which the only safeguards are collective safeguards or: Rope access and positioning techniques. Rope access and positioning techniques. (terminology adopted from BS 7985:2002 Code of Practice for the use of rope access methods for industrial purposes) A surface which would be liable to fail if any reasonably foreseeable loading were to be applied to it A surface which would be liable to fail if any reasonably foreseeable loading were to be applied to it

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15 What do the Schedules to the regulations cover? Schedule 1 Schedule 1 Existing places of work and means of access for work at height Existing places of work and means of access for work at height Schedule 2 Schedule 2 Collective fall prevention (e.g. guard rails and toe boards) Collective fall prevention (e.g. guard rails and toe boards) Schedule 3 Schedule 3 Working platforms Working platforms Schedule 4 Schedule 4 Collective fall arrest (e.g. nets, airbags etc) Collective fall arrest (e.g. nets, airbags etc) Schedule 5 Schedule 5 Personal fall protection Personal fall protection Schedule 6 Schedule 6 Ladders and step ladders Ladders and step ladders Schedule 7 Schedule 7 Inspection reports Inspection reports Schedule 8 Schedule 8 Revocations (cancellations, dissolution) Revocations (cancellations, dissolution)

16 Do the Rules apply to you? The Regulations apply to all work at height where there is a risk of a fall liable to cause personal injury. They place duties on employers, the self-employed, and any person who controls the work of others. The Regulations apply to all work at height where there is a risk of a fall liable to cause personal injury. They place duties on employers, the self-employed, and any person who controls the work of others. If you are an employee or working under someone else's control, regulation 14 says you must: If you are an employee or working under someone else's control, regulation 14 says you must: Report any safety hazard to them. Report any safety hazard to them. Use the equipment supplied (including safety devices) properly, following any training and instructions (unless you think that would be unsafe, in which case you should seek further instructions before continuing). Use the equipment supplied (including safety devices) properly, following any training and instructions (unless you think that would be unsafe, in which case you should seek further instructions before continuing).

17 What you must do if you as an Employer Duty holders must: Duty holders must: Avoid work at height where they can Avoid work at height where they can Use work equipment or other measures to prevent falls where they cannot avoid working at height; and Use work equipment or other measures to prevent falls where they cannot avoid working at height; and Where they cannot eliminate the risk of a fall, use work equipment or other measures to minimise the distance and consequences of a fall should one occur Where they cannot eliminate the risk of a fall, use work equipment or other measures to minimise the distance and consequences of a fall should one occur

18 Duty Holders Responsibilities The regulations require The regulations require All work at height is properly planned & organised All work at height is properly planned & organised All work at height takes account of weather conditions that could endanger health & safety All work at height takes account of weather conditions that could endanger health & safety Those involved in work at height are trained and competent Those involved in work at height are trained and competent The place where work at height is done is safe The place where work at height is done is safe Equipment for work at height is appropriately inspected and controlled Equipment for work at height is appropriately inspected and controlled The risks from fragile surfaces are properly controlled; and The risks from fragile surfaces are properly controlled; and The risk from falling objects are properly controlled. The risk from falling objects are properly controlled. Just remember a risk assessment is to be written to control the hazards. Just remember a risk assessment is to be written to control the hazards.

19 Do the Work at Height Regulations ban the use of Ladders? Short answer for that is NO! Short answer for that is NO! But they require that ladders should only be considered where a risk assessment has shown that the use of other more suitable work equipment is not appropriate because of the low risk, and short duration of the task or consideration of where the work is located But they require that ladders should only be considered where a risk assessment has shown that the use of other more suitable work equipment is not appropriate because of the low risk, and short duration of the task or consideration of where the work is located

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21 A few Correct ways of Working at Height

22 Why is this correct?

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25 A piece of Equipment that can be used

26 Bosun`s Chair

27 Any Questions? Any Questions? If you are unsure about anything now, it will be far to late to come and ask me when you are 30ft up or 30ft below the surface and you don't have a Harness If you are unsure about anything now, it will be far to late to come and ask me when you are 30ft up or 30ft below the surface and you don't have a Harness Remember Remember There is no such thing as a stupid or daft Health and Safety Question!

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