Employee responsibilities when working at height
It's not all on the employer, employees have responsibilities too!
As an employer, most of the responsibility when working at height falls to you. You must ensure all workers are competent, that you adhere to all health and safety regulations and that you assess and mitigate against risks. You must also provide the right access and safety equipment and ensure it’s all safe to use.
It’s not all on the employer though. Employees do have responsibilities too, including:
- Ensuring they have the correct training and qualifications
- Listening to and following all instructions and protocols
- Taking care of themselves and others by acting responsibly and not putting anyone unnecessarily at risk
- Being fit for work, so well-rested and not under the influence of drugs or alcohol
- Using all equipment in the correct way as per training and manufacturer’s instructions
- Reporting any health and safety concerns or problems to relevant people and only working when it is safe to do so
For more information on health and safety requirements while working at height, see the Work at Height Regulations 2005 or speak with us. As work at height specialists, we can advise on health and safety aspects. We also provide IPAF and PASMA training and work at height access and safety equipment hire.