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New HSE safety guidance for working at height aims to simplify regulations

IPAF HSE guidance

New safety guidance for working at height will help to “make regulations less bureaucratic”, according to IPAF.

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) published its simplified guidance this week in a bid to abolish or improve outdated, burdensome or over-complicated regulations.

IPAF technical officer Chris Wraith welcomed the publications, and said: “The new guidance is an improvement on the previous version from 2006 in that the language has been simplified in line with government policy to make regulations less bureaucratic.

“Another more relevant document for mobile elevating work platforms (MEWPs) is also in the final stages of review by the HSE, CIS 58 The selection, management and use of mobile elevating work platforms.

“We hope that this document will follow the same principles for the language used.”

The regulations themselves remain unchanged, but two new guides have been released by the HSE. Click on the links below to read or download them.

Working at height – a brief guide
Safe use of ladders and stepladders – a brief guide

HSE chair Judith Hackitt said: “It’s important to get working at height right. Falls remain one of the biggest causes of serious workplace injury – with more than 40 people killed and 4,000 suffering major injuries every year.

“We have a sensible set of regulations and have been working with business to improve our guidance – making it simpler and clearer and dispelling some of the persistent myths about what the law requires.

“The result is advice that employers can count on to help them manage their businesses sensibly and proportionately.”

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