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1 Work at Height Regulations 2005 Health and Safety Executive

2 Summary The Work at Height Regulations 2005 (WAHR) Background Scope Managing risks from work at height Selecting the right equipment Other Requirements

3 Biggest cause of workplace fatalities 35 fatal incidents in 2008/09 and a total of 421 since 2001 Cause of 4589 major injuries 2008/09 87% of all major injuries are caused by low falls (i.e below 2 mtrs) Background: Statistics

4 The WAHR came into effect on 6 April 2005 They consolidate all the earlier regulations about working at height and implement European Council Directive 2001/45/EC. (the Temporary Work at Height Directive). Challenge to communicate the WAHR message effectively as there has been confusion over the 2m rule Background: History

5 The WAHR also revoked the earlier construction regulations which specified the "2 metre rule The WAHR place a duty on the dutyholder: Where work has to be carried out at height, then the dutyholder shall take suitable and sufficient measures to prevent, so far as is reasonably practicable, any person falling a distance liable to cause personal injury This duty recognises that injury can occur from a fall of any height, not just from above 2 metres. Background: The 2m rule

6 Scope Risk (assessment / organisation / planning) Hierarchy (avoid – prevent – minimise) Select the right work equipment Other precautions Key messages The Regulations: Overview

7 Work at height means work in any place, including at or below ground level, where a person could fall a distance liable to cause personal injury. This includes access to and egress from that place of work. Does not include stairways or slips or trips on the level Scope : What is work at height?

8 Covers all industries: e.g. construction, agriculture, manufacturing, retail, maintenance,warehouse etc; but not those paid to lead or train climbing and caving Duty holders are: employers; self-employed; and those in control of people at work, to the extent of their control Scope: What Sectors are covered?

9 Work at height should be Properly planned Appropriately supervised Not carried out if weather conditions jeopardise health and safety Those working at height should be competent or if being trained supervised by a competent person Organisation, Planning, Competence

10 Regulation 3 of the Management of Health and Safety at work Regulations Do a risk assessment Risk Assessment

11 Avoid work at height if you dont have to go up there DONT! Prevent falls use an existing place or means of access Use the most suitable way of working Select the most suitable equipment Avoid - Prevent - Minimise

12 Minimise the distance and consequences Minimise the consequences Take other measures to prevent injury eg instruction, information and training Avoid – Prevent - Minimise

13 Select the right work equipment

14 Collective protection before personal protection Select guardrails/working platforms before personal fall prevention (eg work restraint) Select nets/airbags before personal fall arrest Select the right work equipment

15 Working conditions Access and Egress Distance and consequences of a fall Duration and frequency of use/task Ease of rescue/evacuation Risk of use, installation and removal of equipment Select the right work equipment

16 Types of Work Equipment Guardrails Working platforms (scaffolds/MEWPS etc) Nets/Airbags Personal Fall Protection systems Ladders

17 LADDERS USE Risk assessment must justify use; Low risk, Short duration, Or Site conditions dictate Follow good practice

18 Examples of Work Equipment. Avoiding work at height

19 Collective Prevention. M.E.W.P Scaffoldin g Edge protection

20 Nets Air bags Collective Fall arrest

21 Personal Fall Arrest Fall Arrest Work Positioning

22 Other Requirements Avoid risks from Fragile Surfaces Prevent Falling Objects Warn about Danger Areas Inspect work equipment Persons at work should Follow instructions and training Advise employer of hazards/risks to health and safety

23 Communication What HSE have done What HSE would like you to do How will HSE know if they are getting it right?

24 If you follow good practice you should be doing enough to comply Do a risk assessment, plan and organise your work properly Follow the hierarchy: avoid – prevent – minimise Choose the right equipment - select collective protection before personal Guide supported by Industry Specific Guidance. KEY MESSAGES

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