My employees will be working at height to install our product. Will they need training?
Under HSE regulations, ‘working at height’ is any working environment where, if precautions aren’t taken, a person can fall a distance liable to cause personal injury. This can mean working just a few feet off the ground or even working at ground level near an opening which could be fallen into. In order not to be caught out, it’s important to check the regulations and have the necessary risk assessments and precautions in place so that employees stay safe.
For employees that are working at height, employers must make sure that they are complying with the Work at Height Regulations of 2005. As a part of this regulation, the following measures should be taken:
- All work at height should be properly planned and organised
- Those involved in working at height must be competent
- The risks of working at height should be assessed and appropriate measures to minimise these risks are taken
- The risks of working on or near a fragile surface such as a roof should be properly managed
- The equipment used for working at height is properly inspected and maintained
In order to be deemed competent, an employee who is going to be working at height should have sufficient skills, knowledge and experience to conduct the work safely. If an employee does not have these qualities, they should be trained to a standard of competence, ensuring they are under supervision of a competent tutor.
The level of training required is dependant on the type of activity the employee will be undertaking. For example, an employee who will be using a ladder from time to time for short periods will only need training on how to use the equipment properly. However, for employees who will spend a considerable amount of time working at height, such as a scaffolder, there are existing training and certification schemes run by trade organisations that offer training up to a sufficient level of competency.
For more information on working at height or training, or to book a Free Review of your Health & Safety arrangements, please call on 0844 8797286.
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