Working at height regulations
As an employer, what do I have to know about Working at Height Regulations"?
The purpose of The Work at Height Regulations 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.
Under the Health and Safety at work act 1974 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.
HSE have produced guidance to help you comply with the law, see Working at Height - a Brief Guide for more information.
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