Below you will find some of the most frequently asked questions about Eurosafe, the safety solutions and services we provide, our products, and working at height safety regulations.

Working at Height
How is someone deemed to be competent to carry out work at height?

Anyone working at height should be identified as competent to carry out the tasks required. This involves ensuring they have sufficient skills, knowledge, and experience. This can be demonstrated through working at height training qualifications. Anyone taking part in working at height training does not have to be a competent person as long as they are supervised by somebody who has been deemed competent.

The level of skills, knowledge, and experience required to be classed as competent depends on the task required. For example, tasks that are low-risk and short duration may require no more than short instruction and appropriate training. On the other hand, tasks such as drawing up plans for complex scaffold assembly will require a higher level of skills, knowledge, and experience. Specialist working at height training schemes and certification is one way to demonstrate competence for higher-level tasks.

How do I comply with the Work at Height Regulations 2005?

The Work at Height Regulations 2005 (WAHR) apply to all work where a fall could occur that may cause personal injury. The regulations apply to employers and anyone that controls work at height, for example if you are a contractor or a factory owner.

The Work at Height Regulations 2005 state that duty holders must ensure that:

  • All work at height is properly planned and organised.

  • Those involved in work at height are competent.

  • The risks from working at height are assessed, and appropriate work equipment is selected and used.

  • The risks of working on or near fragile surfaces are properly managed.

  • The equipment used for work at height is properly inspected and maintained.

What type of work can be classed as work at height?

Any work that occurs at a height where a worker could fall a distance that could cause personal injury or death if precautions are not taken. This includes any places where work is undertaken above ground level, where you could fall from an edge, or where you could fall from ground level into an opening. Falls from height must involve a fall from one level to another. For this reason, slips and trips that occur on one level do not constitute a fall from height. Falls on permanent staircases can also not be classed as falls from height.

Working in Confined Spaces
What is a confined space?

The Confined Space Regulations 1997 state: A ‘confined space’ means any place, including any chamber, tank, vat, silo, pit, trench, pipe, sewer, flue, well or other similar space in which, by virtue of its enclosed nature, there arises a reasonably foreseeable specified risk.

Not sure if you have confined spaces on your premises? Book our confined space consultancy & audit services to assess your site and identify confined space training and PPE requirements.

What are confined space specified risks?

Every situation is different and therefore requires a specific approach. Risks vary per confined space. Some of the most common risks are: 

  • Risk of serious injury to any person arising from fire or explosion

  • Loss of consciousness to any person arising from:

    • Increase in body temperature or

    • loss of consciousness or asphyxiation arising from gas and fumes or vapour, or a lack of oxygen.

  • Drowning of any person from an increased level of the liquid

  • Asphyxiation of any person from a free-flowing solid or inability to reach respirtable atmosphere

These specified risks may not be present during your initial risk assessment but you may wish to consider: Will the work to be done in the space introduce one or more of these risks? If your answer is YES then you will have a confined space.

When is confined space training required?

Working in a confined space has many foreseeable risks and adequate training on how to enter a confined space and work in a confined space is a requirement of the Confined Spaces Regulations 1997. There is a difference between confined space health and safety awareness training and skills training on how to work in a substantially enclosed space that may have a lack of oxygen, free-flowing solids and other hazardous substances.

An employer, as a minimum, MUST make employees aware of the dangers of working in a confined space provide adequate training on the foreseeable risks and carry out a risk assessment that details a safe system of work. 

For further information about Eurosafe confined space training, please contact us.

SolidRail® System
What is the SolidRail® system made of?

SolidRail® is made up of aluminium and is on average 30% lighter than competitor steel guardrails of similar size. This ultimately reduces the loads applied to the building.

What are the powder coating options?

SolidRail® can be powder-coated to any RAL colour upon request.

What are the mounting options?

SolidRail® is completely freestanding, although wall-mounted end terminations can be achieved using the dedicated component.

Is the system adaptable?

The system comes with a full range of fittings for corners and deviations, and it can also be supplied with locking gates and a clip-on toeboard, allowing the guardrail to be customised to suit your roof space.

Is it a temporary or permanent solution?

SolidRail® systems can be used either as a temporary or permanent fall protection solution and is fully compliant with the latest safety regulations (BS 13700:2021 + BS EN 13374:2013).

Inspection & Maintenance
Is there a legal requirement to have my height safety equipment inspected?

Answer: Yes.

Duty holders have a legal duty to ensure all staff and workers attending their sites are kept safe and free from injury. The Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974 (HSWA) requires employers to ensure, so far as is reasonably practicable, the health, safety and welfare at work of all their employees. This includes providing a safe place of work, safe systems of work, and adequate training and supervision. Employers also have a duty to protect others who may be affected by their work activities, such as contractors, visitors, and the public. This is further supported by the Working at Height Regulations 2005 (WAHR) which was introduced to prevent death & injury from falls from height and requires equipment and systems to be inspected and maintained in a safe condition.

How often does height safety equipment need to be inspected?

The competent party undertaking the inspections will detriment the inspection frequency based on several factors such as risk, usage, and environment. In general, items such as horizontal cable safety systems (often referred to as mansafe) are inspected on a frequency not exceeding 12 monthly intervals. This is also applied to other items such as single-point anchors, ladders, and guardrails. Items that are required to raise and lower personnel such as rope access anchors or abseil rails are generally inspected at frequencies not exceeding 6 monthly intervals as come under the regulation of LOLER.

My insurance company has undertaken height safety inspections, is there a difference between their inspections and the ones Eurosafe undertake?

Yes, Insurance companies carry out a visual inspection/examination to satisfy LOLER 98 and PUWER 98. They would reference reports from the competent testing company for load testing etc and would recommend to clients have the equipment maintained by an approved agent, such as Eurosafe. They would also advise customers to have an approved agent inspect equipment, should they have concerns over the integrity of the system. Insurance companies therefore satisfy Reg. 9 (Thorough Examination) of LOLER where applicable and Reg 6 (Inspection) of PUWER. Eurosafe also covers these elements as part of their inspections along with Reg. 5 (Maintenance). This approach is seen as best practice as LOLER speaks about the competent person being sufficiently independent and impartial.

Is there a legal requirement to have lightning protection to be maintained and how often should it be inspected?

Yes, Duty holders have a legal duty to ensure all staff and workers attending their sites are kept safe and free from injury. The Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974 (HSWA) requires employers to ensure, so far as is reasonably practicable, the health, safety, and welfare at work of all their employees. The Electricity at Work Regulations 1989 state that all electrical installations, including lightning protection systems, must be maintained in a safe condition. Where lightning protection is installed, this needs to be maintained at frequencies not exceeding 12 months to ensure it is safe, fit for purpose and limit the risk to the duty holder.

Is there any difference in inspections undertake to the latest standard of 7883 vs the previous version?

Yes, there has been lots of improvements but one of the main changes is how inspection outcomes are recorded. Previous versions of the standard left the pass or fail result criteria open to some interpretation. The latest version of the Standard has addressed this and introduced 4 clear and concise category results along with detailing the information required to be gathered as part of an installation review.

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