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Work at Heights updated guidance from HSE

Posted by: Di Wright

Recently the HSE has updated its guidance on the Work at Heights Regulations 2005, particularly with regard to the use of stepladders and ladders for maintenance and installation work.  Many organisations chose to interpret the requirements of the WAH Regs to mean a total ban on the use of such equipment for these activities.  The HSE has never banned the use of steps and ladders for such work, provided that it is for short duration and is maintained properly.  Another requirement:  to maintain three points of contact at the work position (whilst working off steps or ladders) has been further clarified to mean two feet and one hand, or where both hands need to be free for a brief period; two feet and the body supported by the stepladder.  Full guidance is available from the HSE website:  

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