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Working at height regulations overhauled

Feb 5th 2014. An overhaul of guidance on working at height has been launched as part of the government’s long-term economic plan to abolish or improve outdated, burdensome or over-complicated regulations which waste businesses’ time and money.

More than a million British businesses and 10 million workers are estimated to carry out jobs involving some form of work at height every year. Falls are one of the biggest causes of death and serious injury at work.

Now the Health and Safety Executive has overhauled its guidance for such activity, setting out in clear, simple terms what to do and what not to do and debunking common myths that can confuse and mislead employers.

Altogether, more than 3,000 regulations have been identified for scrapping or improving through the Red Tape Challenge which asks businesses and the public themselves to identify the rules that hold them back

Key changes include:

  • Providing simple advice about do’s and don’ts when working at height to ensure people are clear on what the law requires
  • Busting some of the persistent myths about health and safety law, such as the banning of ladders when they can still be used
  • Offering targeted advice to helping business in different sectors manage serious risks sensibly and proportionately
  • Helping workers to be clearer about their own responsibilities for working safely.

The latest guidance on working at height can be downloaded in PDF form here and the working at height regulations can be downloaded here. The HSE have produced a micro website dealing with this subject.

This change also applies to working platforms on forklift trucks.