Work at Height Regulations 2005

Work at Height Regulations 2005 (WAHR)

The Work at Height Regulations is the key piece of legislation for working at height. These regulations aim to prevent death or serious injury associated with working at height by placing responsibilities on the employer and those in control of any work at height activity as well as employees conducting the work.

Employer’s responsibilities

  • Work is properly planned by conducting a risk assessment
  • Choose approach by following the hierarchy of control measures for managing work at height (we will look at this in more depth later)
  • Ensure work is supervised and carried out by competent people
  • Selecting appropriate equipment for the task
  • Ensure equipment it is appropriately inspected and maintained
  • Inspect and maintain the area were work is being carried out

Employee’s responsibilities

  • Take reasonable care of themselves and others who may be affected by their actions and omissions
  • Co-operate with their employer with regards to health and safety
  • They must report any hazards they identify that could endanger themselves or others
  • Use the equipment and safety devices supplied in accordance with any training and instructions
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