The Work at Height Regulations 2005 came into force on 6 April 2005. These Regulations replace all earlier regulations about working at height, and implement the European Council Directive 2001/45/EC which specifies minimum safety and health requirements for the use of equipment for work at height.
The main duties under the Work at Height Regulations 2005 are:
- All work at height is to be properly planned and organized.
- Employees must follow any safety training and instructions given to them.
- The risks of working at height must be assessed to ensure appropriate work equipment is selected and used.
- Employers must ensure that all their workers are trained and competent before beginning any work at height and safe systems of work must be in place.