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

The overhaul of guidance is part of the Government’s long-term economic plan to abolish or improve outdated, burdensome or over-complicated regulations which waste businesses' time and money.

The HSE have updated their website with more concise information on working at height, as well as updating INDG 401 – A brief guide to working at height, and condensing three pieces of guidance on stepladders into a new brief guide.

Key changes include:

  • providing simple advice about 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 help business in different sectors manage serious risks sensibly and proportionately;
  • helping workers to be clearer about their own responsibilities for working safely.

Judith Hackitt, Chair of the HSE, said, “It’s important to get working at height right. Falls remain one of the biggest causes of serious workplace injury – with more than 40 people killed and 4,000 suffering major injuries every year.”

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