The Health and Safety Executive’s (HSE) guidance on working at height was overhauled and updated in January 2014 as part of the Government’s long-term economic plan (the Red Tape Challenge) to abolish or simplify outdated or over-complicated regulations. The aim of the Red Tape Challenge is to engage people in discussion about what needs to be changed, and for the Government to use this feedback to produce proposals on regulatory reform.
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. The updated guidance on working at height sets out in clear, simple terms what to do and what not to do, as well as debunking some common myths that can confuse and mislead employers and workers (e.g. the untrue rumour that ladders/stepladders cannot be used for working at height).
The updated guidance will help organisations to manage serious risks sensibly and proportionately, and will help workers to be clearer about their own responsibilities for working safely. For information on work health topics, with a view to keeping your workplace healthy and productive, please view the Health for Work Adviceline’s website, blog or knowledge base.