Working at Heights Awareness

Course Overview

This course will give delegates the necessary knowledge to ensure the safety of themselves and others when working at height, especially when working in unfamiliar surroundings. The course covers working with ladders and stepladders, legislation, the correct use and fitting of harnesses and protection equipment.

Who needs this Course?

This Course is for all persons involved in working at heights including managers, supervisors & operatives.

Why is this training important?

Adequately trained staff will reduce the risk of litigation, as well as ensuring the health and safety of themselves and anyone who may be affected by their actions.

Course content.                                                          

  • Introduction to Work at Heights Regulations        
  • Access and Egress, Loading Places
  • Ladders
  • Landing Places
  • Openings, Corners, Breaks, Edges and Joisting.
  • Roof Work (Flat roofs/Sloping roofs/Steep roofs
  • Fragile Roofing Materials
  • Work over Water
  • Safety Nets, Belts and Harnesses.
  • Equipment t for working at height: Scaffold, MEWPS, Towers
  • SG4:10 Requirements for Scaffolders

Course details.

The Course is 3 Hours duration and will be delivered at your own premises or a convenient off site location. The Delegates will receive a Handout Pack and Course Outline for use on the day. Delegates will also receive a Certificate of Attendance within a week of the event. All courses are fully evaluated using our own documentation, but in-house evaluation methods can be used if preferred.

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The law 

Work at Height Regulations 2005


The Work at Height Regulations 2005 link to external website came into force on 6 April 2005. The Regulations apply to all work at height where there is a risk of a fall liable to cause personal injury.

They place duties on employers, the self-employed, and any person that controls the work of others (for example facilities managers or building owners who may contract others to work at height). 

The Work at Height (Amendment) Regulations 2007 link to external website which came into force on 6 April 2007 apply to those who work at height providing instruction or leadership to one or more people engaged in caving or climbing by way of sport, recreation, team building or similar activities in Great Britain.

As part of the Regulations, duty holders must ensure:

  • all work at height is properly planned and organised;
  • those involved in work at height are competent;
  • the risks from work at height are assessed and appropriate work equipment is selected and used;
  • the risks from fragile surfaces are properly controlled; and
  • equipment for work at height is properly inspected and maintained.

There is a simple hierarchy for managing and selecting equipment for work at height. Duty holders must:

  • avoid work at height where they can;
  • use work equipment or other measures to prevent falls where they cannot avoid working at height; and
  • where they cannot eliminate the risk of a fall, use work equipment or other measures to minimise the distance and consequences of a fall should one occur.

The Regulations include schedules giving requirements for existing places of work and means of access for work at height, collective fall prevention (e.g. guardrails and working platforms), collective fall arrest (e.g. nets, airbags etc), personal fall protection (e.g. work restraints, fall arrest and rope access) and ladders. 

 Work at Height Regulations – Speakers pack Powerpoint presentation. This pack has been made available for people who are planning to do an awareness talk on the Work at Height Regulations. It contains detailed information on the Regulations. 

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