On Monday 4 April 2016, the New Health and Safety at Work Act 2015 (HSWA) came into effect.   HSWA repealed the Health and Safety in Employment Act 1992.

Working at height regulations

A summary from Worksafe:

  • Have you ensured there is appropriate and fit-for-purpose means to prevent workers from falling from height?
  • Have you planned the work properly and identified suitable precautions to make sure work can be carried out safely?
  • Have you thought about whether you can avoid working at height by using different equipment or a different work method?
  • Can you use equipment that will prevent a fall from happening, such as scaffolding or a mobile elevating work platform?
  • Can you put in place measures to reduce the distance and consequences of a fall should one happen, such as nets, soft landing systems or personal fall prevention and protection equipment (eg a harness system)?
  • Will the weather conditions threaten the health and safety of those carrying out the work?
  • Have you thought about all the options and are you certain that you are gaining access to height using the safest means possible?

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