Health & Safety
Throughout the site, you’ll find the following safety advice designed to act as a guide to safe operation of our hire equipment. These suggestions are considered to be minimum precautions and it is the customer’s responsibility to assess and provide safety equipment necessary in each case.
Grade 1 and Grade 2 Goggles to EN166.B, providing all round protection, the latter for less hazardous situations.
Three types of mask offering protection against dust, water-based sprays, welding fumes, ozone and nuisance level odours. Ask for details.
This symbol suggests the wearing of earplugs for short term use, and more durable ear defenders to guard against more oppressive noise levels.
For essential toe protection, specific reinforced footwear designed to BSEN345 is recommended.
A variety of gauntlets, PVC, cotton and rigger gloves, recommended to provide essential hand protection.
Standard helmets and bump caps are required where protection against falling objects and overhead obstuctions is compulsory on site.
Working at Height regulations
The working at Height Regulations (WAHR) 2005 amended 2007, defines working at height as ‘work in any place at or below ground level where a person could be injured if they fell from that place’. All employers, employees, self employed and anyone who controls the work of others all have duties of care under the regulations including, preventing falls where work at height cannot be avoided. The overriding principle of the WAHR is that you must do all that is practicable to prevent anyone falling from height.
Users of working at height equipment which includes aluminium towers also have a duty of care, they must always read, understand and follow any method statement and manufacturers instruction for the product they are using, they must never attempt unsafe activities because they have seen others do so and they must not attempt working at height unless they are prevented from risk of falling.
Remember it is not just the user of the equipment at risk; other people can also be placed at risk. PASMA (Prefabricated access suppliers and manufacturers association) the leading trade association for the UK mobile access tower industry has produced an operators code of practice in cooperation with the Health and Safety Executive and offers a variety of training courses for users of aluminium towers. All manufacturing members of PASMA produce towers which have EN 1004 European Standard approval.
Roger Verallo | PASMA Chairman