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Health & Safety Guidance Relevant to the Use of Working Platforms 

Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974 (HASWA 74)

The Act sets out the general duties of employers, self-employed and employees with regard to safety at the workplace. It provides legal requirements for work activities and provides a mechanism that allows health and safety regulations on more specific issues to be formulated under the Act.

Read more from the HSE website

UK REGULATIONS

Management of Health & Safety at Work Regulations 1999 (MHSR 99)
Regulations, Approved Code of Practice and guidance

[HSE reference L21 : ISBN 0 7176 2488 9]

The Regulations, Approved Codes of Practice and guidance in this document cover the management of work activities. They cover management activities, such as:

  • risk assessment,
  • adopting principles to protect against risks,
  • health and safety arrangements,
  • health surveillance, health and  safety assistance and arrangements for first aid,
  • procedures for serious and imminent danger,
  • information for employees,
  • cooperation and coordination with other parties and working with others,
  • capabilities and training,
  • employees duties,
  • temporary workers,
  • arrangements for expectant mothers, and
  • protection of young persons.

Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998 (PUWER 98)
Regulations, Approved Code of Practice and guidance

[HSE reference L22 : ISBN 0 7176 1626 6]

The Regulations, Approved Codes of Practice and guidance in this document apply to equipment used at work, including lifting equipment. They cover aspects of use including the:

  • selection and suitability of equipment,
  • maintenance, inspection and keeping of records, 
  • information and instructions,
  • training,
  • conformity with community requirements.

Also covered are:

  • safeguarding of dangerous parts
  •  protection against specific hazards, such as wind and falling objects,
  • controls and control systems,
  • stability in use,
  • lighting,
  • unauthorized start-up

Download a Simple Guide from the HSE

Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations 1998 (LOLER 98)
Regulations, Approved Code of Practice and guidance

[HSE reference L113 : ISBN 0 7176 2464 1]

The Regulations, Approved Codes of Practice and guidance in this document cover the specific risks associated with lifting operations and equipment. They cover aspects of use including:

  • selecting equipment to have sufficient strength and stability for the work to be carried out,
  • lifting equipment for lifting persons,
  • positioning and installation,
  • planning and organization of lifting operations,
  • thorough examination and inspection,
  • nature of reports of thorough examination and the keeping of records

Download a Simple Guide from the HSE

Work at height Regulations 2005 (WAHR 05)
Brief Guide

[HSE reference INDG401] [ISBN 978 0 7176 6231 9]

The Regulations require duty holders to ensure that:

  • all work at height is properly planned and organised;
  • all work at height takes account of weather conditions that could endanger health and safety;
  • those involved in work at height are trained and competent;
  • the place where work at height is done is safe;
  • equipment for work at height is appropriately inspected;
  • the risks from fragile surfaces are properly controlled; and
  • the risks from falling objects are properly controlled.

INDG401 gives guidance on:

  • planning work at height,
  • training,
  • equipment, temporary structures and safety features,
  • inspections
  • fragile surfaces, and
  • falling objects.

Download a Simple Guide from the HSE

Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2007
Approved Code of Practice (ACoP)  “Managing health and safety in construction”

[HSE reference L144 : ISBN 978 0 7176 6223 4]

The Regulations are intended to focus attention on planning and management throughout construction projects, from design concept onwards. The above ACOP replaces HSG224, i.e. the ACOP to the Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 1994.

The key aim of CDM2007 is to integrate health and safety into the management of the project and to:

  • improve the planning and management of projects; 
  • identify risks early on; 
  • target effort where it can do the most good in terms of health and safety; and 
  • discourage unnecessary bureaucracy.

See HSE summary of duties under the Regulations

See HSE information on the Approved Code of Practice

STANDARDS

BS EN 280:2001 Mobile elevating work platforms : Safety by design
BS 8460 Mobile Elevating Work Platforms : Code of practice : Safe use
BS EN 1495:1998 Mast climbing work platforms : Safety by design
BS 7981 Mast climbing work platforms : Code of practice : Safe use
BS ISO 16368:2010 Mobile elevating work platforms : Design calculations, safety requirements and test methods

The above standards can be obtained from BSI Customer Services, Tel:  +44 (0)20 8996 9001. 

ISO 18878 Mobile elevating platforms : Operator (driver) training

SPECIFIC GUIDANCE

HSE MISC 614 Preventing falls from boom type elevating work platforms

HSE GN PM28 Working platforms (non-integrated) on Fork lift trucks

IPAF can supply a selection of legal and standards publications. To order, call +44 (0)15395 66700 or e-mail infoipaf.org

Publication Code Ref Price
HS(G) 150 Health & Safety in Construction   ISBN 0-7176-6182-2 £10.95
Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations 1998 L113 ISBN 0-7176-2464-1 £8.00
       
     
       
Workplace Health, Safety & Welfare Regulations 1992 L24 ISBN 0-7176-0413-6 £5.75
Display Screen Equipment Regulations 1992 L26 ISBN 0-7176-2582-6 £8.95
Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998 L22 ISBN 0-7176-1626-6 £15.00
Manual Handling Regulations 1992 L23 ISBN 0-7176-2823-X £8.95
Personal Protective Equipment Regulations 1992 (Updated 2005) L25 ISBN 0-7176-6139-3 £8.95
     
BS EN 280:2013   ISBN 0-580-38264-8 £210.00
BS EN 1495:1998   ISBN 0-580-28972-9 £210.00
BS 7981     £140.00
BS 8460     £196.00
BS ISO 18878:2013     £100.00
BS ISO 9001:2008     £100.00
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