What are the work at height regulations?

What are the work at height regulations?

The Work at Height Regulations 2005 is legislation passed by the Government and prepared by The HSE (the Health and Safety Executive).

The Regulations apply to all work at height, where there is risk of a fall liable to cause personal injury. They place duties on employers, and those who control any work at height activity (such as facilities managers or building owners who may contract others to work at height).

As part of the Regulations, you must ensure:

  • all work at height is properly planned and organised
  • those involved in work at height are competent
  • the risks from work at height are assessed and appropriate work equipment is selected and used
  • the risks of working on or near fragile surfaces are properly managed
  • the equipment used from work at height is properly inspected and maintained

You can view the full legislation here: http://www.legislation.gov.uk/uksi/2005/735/contents/made

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