Worker in high vis vest and safety harness working at height

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When it comes to working at height, there are a number of different rules and regulations that must be adhered to. Back in 2005, the UK government passed a piece of legislation titled The Work at Height Regulations 2005, which has a lot of important information pertaining to working at height.

The Work at Height Regulations 2005

Although there is no shortage of literature on how to protect yourself and others when working at height, there are still some who wonder what exactly does ‘working at height’ mean? How do you know if you’re working at height? What is classed as an ‘at height’ environment?

If these are questions you’ve found yourself asking, read on!


'Working at Height' Definition

The official meaning of 'working at height' – according to HSE (Health and Safety Executive) - is as follows:

"Work at height means work in any place where, if precautions were not taken, a person could fall a distance liable to cause personal injury."

This could mean working on a roof, or ascending a ladder, or even standing on the ground near a hole that you could fall into. (However, permanent staircases in buildings do NOT fall under the category of 'working at height'.)

Note that there's a difference between a fall and a slip / trip. According to the HSE guidelines, "a fall from height has to involve a fall from one level to a lower level".

If you’d like to read more about the official working at height guidelines, the HSE has a very informative website. Some of the information you can find there include the full definition of working at height, the regulations surrounding the topic, and what kind of equipment should be used in different work environments.

HSE Work at Height FAQs

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