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Do you know WAHR?


The Work at Height Regulations 2005 exist 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. The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) have produced some useful guidance to help employers comply with the the law.

Falls from height are one of the biggest causes of workplace fatalities and major injuries. Common causes are falls from ladders and through fragile roofs. The purpose of WAHR is to prevent death and injury from a fall from height

When working at height for any reason all workers should be trained in safe working practices, to include all risks which may be encountered, and systems of work implemented to control the risks. Managers, supervisors and more importantly anyone who may have responsibility for allowing access to roof levels for any reason whatsoever, will need to be competent in delivering safety standards on site. Health and safety training should help secure this. Relevant courses and awareness events are organised by the CITB, NFRC Local Authorities and many safety training organisations etc, please refer to the HSE website for further information and assistance. The Work At Height, Access equipment Information Toolkit (WAIT) is a free online guide developed by HSE to offer advice and guidance to people who occasionally work at height, helping people understand the risks and issues when working at height and consider common types of access equipment.

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