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Overhaul of guidance for working at height

An overhaul of guidance on working at height is being launched as part of the Government’s long-term economic plan to abolish or improve outdated, burdensome or over-complicated regulations that waste businesses’ time and money.

More than a million British businesses and ten million workers are estimated to carry out jobs involving some form of work at height every year. Falls are one of the biggest causes of death and serious injury at work.

Now the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has overhauled its guidance for such activity, setting out in clear, simple terms what to do and what not to do – and debunking common myths that can confuse and mislead employers.

Key changes include:

  • providing simple advice about do’s and don’ts when working at height to ensure people are clear on what the law requires,
  • busting some of the persistent myths about health and safety law, such as the banning of ladders when they can still be used,
  • offering targeted advice to helping business in different sectors manage serious risks sensibly and proportionately, and
  • helping workers to be clearer about their own responsibilities for working safely.

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