Working at Height Safety Tips

With a measure of competence, good planning and proactive safety management employees can work at height safely. Here are our top ten tips to safe working at height:
Identify all working at height activities undertaken by employees and others such as contractors within your business.

Make an initial assessment of all these working at height activities to determine if there is a risk of injury to those who:

  • are working at height
  • may be affected by those working at height (e.g. potential to be struck by falling objects).

Remove the need for working at height activities wherever possible.
Where work at height cannot be avoided, undertake a full risk assessment of those remaining activities that have a significant level of risk.

Consider possible control measures based upon the hierarchy to minimise the risk as far as reasonably practicable. Consult widely on proposed control measures.

Implement the necessary control measures.

Develop and implement a monitoring and maintenance strategy (i.e. how will you check to see that the control measures are being used and maintained?)

Make sure you keep a record.

Review all assessments regularly and particularly if there is any change in personnel or work at height operations, or if an accident or injury occurs.

Ensure that you have a policy covering working at height and that it is communicated to everyone who might reasonably need to know. This will always include your employees and will also include contractors and co-occupiers where applicable.

VDU/DSE Safety Tips

Make sure the screen is clean and cleaning materials are made available.

Check that text and background colours work well together.

Software settings may need adjusting to change text size. Try using different screen colours to reduce flicker, eg darker background and lighter text. If problems still exist, get the set-up checked, eg by the equipment supplier.

For example, intensive graphic work or work requiring fine attention to small details may require large display screens. Separate adjustment controls are not essential, provided the user can read the screen easily at all times.

Swivel and tilt need not be built in; you can add a swivel and tilt mechanism.

However, you may need to replace the screen if:
swivel/tilt is absent or unsatisfactory; work is intensive;
and/or the user has problems getting the screen to a comfortable position.

Use a mirror placed in front of the screen to check where reflections are coming from. You might need to move the screen or even the desk and/or shield the screen from the source of reflections.

Screens that use dark characters on a light background are less prone to glare and reflections.

Check that blinds work. Blinds with vertical slats can be more suitable than horizontal ones. If these measures do not work, consider anti-glare screen filters as a last resort and seek specialist help.