Working at height:
Working at height regulation requirements;
Avoid working at height
Where it`s not possible to avoid select appropriate equipment for the work to prevent falls
Reduce distance of the fall and the consequences of any fall
Ensure work is properly planned
Ensure work is properly supervised and done by competent people Before starting work at height the manager in charge would have to consider reducing the risk attached to the task some of these are legal requirements such as properly planning the work so that it is being done is a safe mannor, through risk assessments in place that have been approved for the task taking place, making sure there are adequate producers in place in case of emergency including rescuing a member of staff suspended in a harness due to the limited amount of time you have before the toxins build up the legs potentially causing death if released.
Others are to reduce risk/ mitigate the risk this can be done collectively or individually.
Collective measures could be the use of safety nets under the scaffolding which reduces the amount distance a person will fall thus reducing the injury however these suffer wear and tear and must be regularly inspected. Other system might be soft landing areas such as air bags and bean bags however these are expensive take up a lot of space. Reducing the amount of time that people are working at height by doing as much of it on ground level and transporting it to the top instead of assembling it at height. Using the correct access equipment a ladder for short duration work would be safer than using a mobile tower due to the amount of work putting up a tower would need with in turn would create its own risks.
Individual measures could be the use of a safety harness and a suitable fall arrest system, such systems can lower you to the ground without the need for assistance however they cost a lot, the person wearing the equipment must be properly trained in its used and it must be inspected periodically. Standard PPE can also be used as an individual measure although it would have to be fit for purpose such as a hard hat with no peak.
COSHH regulation requirements;
Eliminate the use of a harmful product or substance and use a safer one.
2 Use a safer form of the product, eg paste rather than powder.
3 Change the process to emit less of the substance.
4 Enclose the process so that the product does not escape.
5 Extract emissions of the substance near the source.
6 Have as few workers in harm’s way as possible.
7 Provide personal protective equipment (PPE) such as gloves, coveralls and a respirator. PPE must fit the wearer.
Before starting a task with a hazardous substance the manager in charge would have to consider whether the work can be done in another way to eliminate the use of dangerous substances if not they should think about using a different substance. The manager has a duty to reduce the risk attached to the task some of these are legal requirements such as properly planning the work so that the minimum amount of people are exposed to the substance and the work is taking p-lace in a suitable area, through risk assessments must be in place that have been approved for the task taking place, making sure there are adequate procedures in place in case of emergency including a logistics map showing where the flammable substances will be kept. Changing the way you are going to do a task thus removing the need to use a particular substance. Provide adequate training to the persons undertaking the work. Making sure the work is properly supervised at all times.
All COSHH have to be kept in a locked/ secure location however they should be kept in well ventilated mesh lockers to reduce the amount of build-up in the local atmosphere.
The correct PPE should be administered to the people undertaking the work such as stronger gloves, body suits and face masks many chemicals will stipulate