Scaffolding Advice for Businesses and Projects
Do you need to develop, redefine or implement Temporary Works arrangements?
Can we assist in the development of a primary focus towards design risk management?
Decide what could harm people and what precautions to take. This is your risk assessment. You must act on the findings of your risk assessment, by putting sensible controls in place to prevent accidents and ill health and making sure they are followed.
The law says you must make sure work is properly planned, supervised and carried out by competent people. This includes the right type of equipment for working at height.
Everyone who works for you, including self-employed people, needs to know how to work safely and without risks to health. So you need to train them and supervise their work.
Technical guidance for anchorage systems for scaffolding asks that you carry out, preliminary testing, proof testing and provide test reports.
The law says you must appoint a competent person to help you meet your health and safety duties
Guidance says when a more technical level of competence is required, for example drawing up a plan for assembling a complex scaffold, existing training and certification schemes drawn up by trade associations and industry is one way to help demonstrate competence
The legal responsibility for scaffolding rests with the hiring organisation in the discharge of these duties before first use at intervals not exceeding seven days and following extreme weather conditions.
The managing for health and safety (HSG65) guidance explains the Plan, Do , Check Act approach and shows how it can help you achieve a balance between the systems and behavioural aspects of management.
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