Working at height – the law

As the trade association and training body for the safety netting and temporary safety systems industry, FASET is pleased to share the following on the Work at Height Regulations from the Health and Safety Executive (HSE).

The purpose of The Work at Height Regulations 2005 is to prevent death and injury caused by a fall from height. If you are an employer or you control work at height (for example facilities managers or building owners who may contract others to work at height) the Regulations apply to you.

Employers and those in control of any work at height activity must make sure work is properly planned, supervised and carried out by competent people. This includes using the right type of equipment for working at height. Low-risk, relatively straightforward tasks will require less effort when it comes to planning.

Employers and those in control must first assess the risks.

Employees have general legal duties to take reasonable care of themselves and others who may be affected by their actions, and to co-operate with their employer to enable their health and safety duties and requirements to be complied with.

The HSE has produced guidance to help you comply with the law, see Working at height: A brief guide (PDF) for more information.

FASET delivers guidance aimed at increasing the safety of all trades working with and around safety nets and temporary safety systems:

We also have numerous training centres throughout the UK where training and assessment takes place.

Re-assessment and continuing CPD forms part of what we do as every aspect of temporary safety systems is safety critical and is installed to save lives.

All elements have a managers course for those who control the works on their sites or have safety responsibilities, or simply want to know more:

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