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Health and Safety Executive. Work at Height Regulations. FALLS PROGRAMME . Reduce death and major injuries from falls from height. HSC/ HSE targets 10% reduction in death and major injuries by 2010. Working with sectors were falls are an issue; Caretakers Facilities Management Companies

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Health and Safety

Executive

Work at Height Regulations

falls programme
FALLS PROGRAMME
  • Reduce death and major injuries from falls from height.
  • HSC/ HSE targets 10% reduction in death and major injuries by 2010.
  • Working with sectors were falls are an issue;
      • Caretakers
      • Facilities Management Companies
      • Maintenance fitters
summary
Summary
  • The Work at Height Regulations
      • Background
      • Scope
      • Managing risks from work at height
      • Selecting the right equipment
      • Other Requirements
background statistics
Background: Statistics
  • Biggest Killer 67 Fatal Accidents 2003/04
  • 3884 Major Accidents 2003/04
  • Until this year always 2nd biggest cause of major accidents
  • 2/3 of all major injuries caused by ‘low falls’ (below 2mtrs)
background objectives
Background : Objectives
  • Temporary Work at Height Directive (2001/45/EC)
  • Bring existing legislation together into risk based regulation
  • Maintain and improve standards
current position
Current position
  • Came into force on 6 April 2005
  • No transitional period proposed – Regulations consolidate good practice
  • Challenge to communicate the WAH message effectively
wah regulations overview
WaH Regulations: Overview
  • Scope
  • Risk assessment/organisation/planning
  • Avoid – Prevent – Minimise
  • Select the right Work Equipment
  • Other Precautions
  • Key messages
scope what is work at height
Scope: What is work at height?
  • Work in any place from which a person could fall a distance liable to cause personal injury
  • Includes
      • access and egress
      • work at or below ground level;
      • but not stairways or slips or trips on the level
scope what sectors are covered
Scope: What Sectors are covered?
  • 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
organisation planning competence
Organisation, Planning, Competence

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
risk assessment
Risk Assessment
  • Regulation 3 of the Management of Health and Safety at work Regulations
  • Do a risk assessment
avoid prevent minimise
Avoid - Prevent - Minimise

Avoid work at height

  • if you don’t have to go up there DON’T!

Prevent falls

  • use an existing place or means of access
  • Use the most suitable way of working
  • Select the most suitable equipment
avoid prevent minimise13
Avoid – Prevent - Minimise

Minimise the distance and consequences

  • Minimise the consequences
  • Take other measures to prevent injury eg instruction, information and training
select the right work equipment15
Select the right work equipment
  • 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 equipment16
Select the right work equipment
  • 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
types of work equipment
Types of Work Equipment
  • Guardrails
  • Working platforms (scaffolds/MEWPS etc)
  • Nets/Airbags
  • Personal Fall Protection systems
  • Ladders
ladders use
LADDERS USE
  • Risk assessment must justify use;
    • Low risk,
    • Short duration,
    • Or Site conditions dictate
  • Follow good practice
examples of work equipment
Examples of Work Equipment

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Avoiding work at height

collective prevention
Collective Prevention

Scaffolding

Edge protection

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M.E.W.P

personal fall arrest
Personal Fall Arrest

Fall Arrest

Work Positioning

other requirements
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
communication
Communication
  • What HSE have done
  • What HSE would like you to do
  • How will HSE know if they are getting it right?
key messages
KEY MESSAGES
  • 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.