Essential Tips for Your Work at Height Training

Essential Tips for Your Work at Height Training

28th July 2020

Safety when working at height is of utmost importance. A simple mistake made can easily turn a routine task into a serious injury or fatality. The Work at Height Regulations 2005 place legal duties on all employers and supervisors in charge of carrying out any work at height project where there’s a risk of a fall which can result in an injury or fatality. Training is vital to help make working at height safer hence reducing the number of injuries. Read on for essential tips to implement in your next work at height training.

 

  1. Communicate Safety Policy and Requirements

It’s your responsibility to ensure everyone in your workplace is fully aware of the work at height risk factors and the training requirements. You should communicate safety policy and training requirements including the hire date, refresher training sessions, and future reinforcements. This is essential to ensure your workforce, clients, and contractors understand all the responsibilities related to working at heights. It’s also an opportunity to establish and promote a culture of workplace safety.

 

  1. Understand Work at Height Training Requirements

Before you start any work at height training, it’s imperative that you understand the target workforce and basic training requirements. The training should be provided to workers who work at any project at a height of four feet or more for the general industry. This is the minimum height that can result in an injury. The training should include the proper use of fall protection equipment.

 

  1. Consider Using Work at Height Training Professionals

Only competent workers and contractors should be allowed to work at height because of the potential hazards involved. This makes it crucial that the work at height safety training is delivered by certified individuals with domain expertise in working at height. There could be specific legal requirements that may dictate that you have a certified training with the proper documentation upon completion.

 

  1. Consider Work at Height Risk Assessment

The nature of your workplace can determine the risk factors you’ll most likely encounter during your normal operations. You need to train your workforce to always perform a basic risk assessment to identify all the possible activities to encounter when working at height. They should understand that, whenever possible, they should avoid any heights that may pose a significant safety risk. Unfortunately, this may never be possible, which calls for proper risk mitigation. Ensure to train your workers on how to locate, review, and implement the necessary safety procedures before starting any work at height project.

 

  1. Include Risk Mitigation Measures

As mentioned above, a majority of work at height risks can hardly be avoided. You’ll need specific implementation of fall prevention, to include employees, materials, and tools. Risk mitigation should include an understanding of physical barriers and warning methods. It’s important to ensure the necessary access equipment such as step units and fixed ladders are installed to help prevent possible falls and injuries. The workers should also be trained to choose the right equipment for different tasks: including fall restraint systems, fall restricting systems, and fall rest systems.

 

  1. Embrace Training as an Ongoing Process

Work at height training should be an ongoing process of safety leadership and awareness. You should regularly communicate the need for your workforce to always follow through on training protocols. Ensure they’re aware of the importance of safety and the need to apply the knowledge they received from training as they begin any activity at height. Safety leadership and awareness can help promote a culture of workplace safety by ensuring workers and management work together with safety in mind, which helps significantly reduce the number of work at height accidents and injuries.

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Wherever roof access is required, designers are tasked with creating a safe route to and from the place of work. Following the hierarchy of safety collective protection measures should always be considered above individual fall protection solutions.

D-marc is classed as a form of Collective Demarcation Protection in accordance with the HSE's hierarchy of risk management as set out within the Working at Height Regulations 2005 (WAHR). The WAHR 2005 Part 3 illustrates the use of a demarcation system as an "example of taking other additional suitable and sufficient measures to prevent a fall''. The demarcation system is to be placed a safe distance from the fall hazard (normally >2m). Health and Safety Roofwork HSG33 states that "where work is not done at the edge, demarcation barriers can be provided at a safe distance from the edge (usually at least 2 metres). e.g. work on an air-conditioning unit in the middle of a roof."