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working-at-heightWorking at height brings a number of risks and necessary precautions that need to be taken into account to ensure everyone can work safely. From having the right qualifications like PASMA training in Newcastle to making sure that you stay alert, here are five things that you should know when working at height.

The Work at Height Regulations 2005

If you are working at height, you are not just at greater risk of an injury, you actually have a legal responsibility to take care of yourself and others that may be affected by your work. The Work at Height Regulations 2005 were introduced to prevent deaths and injuries that are a consequence of working at height. Anybody who works at height should be familiar with the regulations and their personal responsibilities as well as those of their employer.

Types of Training

For those workers that use access platforms, there are different types of training that are required, depending on the type of equipment being used. IPAF stands for International Powered Access Federation and the training covers safety standards related to powered access. There are variations of IPAF training, including Operator Training and MEWPS for Managers.

PASMA stands for Prefabricated Access Suppliers’ and Manufacturers’ Association. It is suitable for those workers using mobile access towers. Again, there are variations of the training and the appropriate level of training must be completed depending on the nature of the work.

Safety Equipment

There is a full range of access equipment available to buy that will help to ensure safety whilst working at height. Fall arrest systems, work restraint systems, and lifelines like anchor and hook are examples life-saving safety equipment. You can also set up safety nets to minimise the impact of a fall.

The Importance of the Harness

A ‘daredevil scaffolder’ made the headlines last year when he was pictured working in Manchester without clipping his harness. Erecting scaffolding at 60 feet above the ground, he was spotted by a retired health and safety inspector who was so concerned that he brought it to the attention of the relevant authorities. The scaffolder was fined, given 100 hours community service and sentenced to 26 weeks in prison, suspended for 12 months. The judge of the case was particularly concerned that he had posed such a risk to others, as well as putting his own life at risk.

You Must Renew Training Cards Every Five Years

PASMA and IPAF training cards must be renewed every five years to ensure that workers stay up to date with the latest health and safety regulations and to take into account changes to modern equipment. Everyone working at height must keep tabs on their renewal date and make the necessary arrangements to renew their cards so that they can continue working at height. To renew the card, you must re-sit a written and practical test, which you must pass.

For more information about IPAF and PASMA training in Newcastle and the surrounding area, or to book onto a course, please get in contact with a member of our team today.