FASET, the AIF and the Home Builders Federation Collaborate on Height Safety Guidance

As a further initiative towards World Day for Safety and Health at Work 2022, FASET has worked closely with the Home Builders Federation and the Access Industry Forum (AIF) to produce a series of digital toolbox talks and guidance documents aimed at improving best practice when working at height.

The toolbox talks so far cover Ladder Safety (released Oct 2021), Access Platform Decking (released early Feb 2022) and most recently, Temporary Edge Protection Systems (released earlier this month).

In addition to the toolbox talks, today sees the launch of a series of podcasts that delve deeper into working at height and provide expert insight into a range of specific work at height topics.

The first episode, which can be found here, looks at the background to the AIF and HBF partnership, explores the role that RIDDOR data plays in gaining valuable insight for improvement, and looks at how the jointly-released toolbox talks are playing their part in bringing height safety to the top of companies’ agendas.

It is hosted by Sara Cartin, Operations Manager at HBF, and includes Nathan Preston, Head of Safety, Health, Environment and Quality (SHEQ) at Gleeson Homes and HBF Health and Safety Committee RIDDOR subgroup chair, and Tony Seddon, Director at the AIF – and Managing Director of FASET.

Tony Seddon said: “We’re delighted with the success of the height safety toolkits, which have so far covered ladder safety, access platform decking and temporary edge protection systems, with plans for more to come this year. These practical, easy-to-understand toolbox talks have been very well received on site and this has led us to explore other channels to help us get our message across. The podcast series is a great opportunity to reach a wider audience and get experts and guests together in an informal setting to talk about the real issues affecting the industry.”

Sara Cartin, Operations Manager at HBF, said, “This health and safety podcast series is a new and popular way that we are helping to guide and educate the industry to safely work at height. These 10-minute recordings provide concise and informative content for anyone at any level to listen to that we hope will help us to create real change.”

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