D: High risk activities
1.1 The HSE website has many resources, including a dedicated work at height section that includes information on the Work at Height Regulations, including INDG401 (Rev 2) Working at height - A brief guide .
1.2 The Access Industry Forum website contains information and guidance, including a working at height video knowledge base. This includes a series of online videos of experts explaining the requirements for various topics (such as edge protection and fall prevention, scaffolding, MEWPs, safety nets, ladders and mobile access towers). It also contains a series of video toolbox talks.
1.14.3 The Construction Industry Scaffolders Record Scheme (CISRS) has a card scheme in place for people working in the scaffolding industry, including scaffolders, trainee scaffolders, labourers, supervisors and inspectors .
2.1.1 For further sources of information and guidance relating to roof work visit the following websites:
- Advisory Committee for Roofsafety (ACR)
- National Federation of Roofing Contractors (NFRC)
- Access Industry Forum (AIF)
- National Access and Scaffolding Confederation (NASC)
- Health and Safety Executive (HSE)
- British Constructional Steelwork Association
2.1.1 For further information on the Safety Steps guidance and Building Regulations and fire safety document visit the websites.
2.3.1 The Advisory Committee for Roofsafety is a body dedicated to making working on roofs safer. It was established in 1998 and is made up of nominees from HSE, trade associations and organisations involved in roof work that provide many years of experience of involvement in working on roofs in the advice given in their documents.
184.108.40.206 The Advisory Committee for Roofsafety (ACR), which is the lead authority in the UK on roof work health and safety and represents all the relevant trade associations, has published jointly with the HSE definitive guidance on what constitutes fragile material: Red book – Test for non-fragility of large element roofing assemblies (ACR[M] 001:2019).
2.6 Refer to the HSE publication Health and safety in roof work (HSG33) (paragraphs 170-202) and Fragile roofs (GEIS5) for details of the dangers presented by fragile surfaces:
2.8.2 For further information on this course, and the regulations, refer to:
220.127.116.11 For further information refer to the following:
- The International Powered Access Federation website
- Best Practice Guidance for MEWPs – Avoiding trapping/crushing injuries to people in the platform.
2.8.8 For further information refer to the following:
- FASET website
- The Blue book – Recommended practice for the use of safety nets for roof work (ACR[P]003:2016 Rev 2), published by the Advisory Committee for Roofsafety
2.9 For further information refer to Health and safety in roof work (HSG33) and the NFRC guidance for handling roofing sheets and recommended safe wind speeds.
3.3.2 All ladders should be marked with a unique identification number and the class or duty rating. For more comprehensive guidance refer to the HSE guidance document Safe use of ladders and stepladders (INDG455)
4.1.1 Visit the Scaffolding Association and NASC websites for further information:
4.3.2 For further information, including a list of scaffold structures where bespoke design is recommended, refer to the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) scaffold checklist.
4.3.5 For further information on rescue planning refer to:
- Work at Height Safety Association's practical guidance note Guidance on rescue during work at height (PGN03)
- NASC safety guidance note (SG19)
4.6 For further information about scaffold inspection qualifications refer to the CISRS scaffold inspection training scheme (SITS).
4.7.2 Guidance on protection of the public (SG34:17) provides general advice for scaffolds erected in the public domain, including the planning required and the range of precautions that should be considered to eliminate the likelihood of harm (for example, through falling material or transport accidents).
4.7.5 For further information, refer to the:
5.6 The trade associations for the steeplejack industry are the:
- Association of Technical Lightning and Access Specialists (ATLAS)
- the Steeplejack and Lightning Protection Training Group (SLPTG)
5.7 For further information visit the Specialist Access Engineering and Maintenance Association (SAEMA) website .
18.104.22.168 The Construction Plant-hire Association has produced guidance on the management of shoring in excavations, aimed at anyone involved in the planning, management, design and supervision of excavation works.
6.4.3 For further guidance refer to the HSE publications The safe use of vehicles on construction sites (HSG144) and Construction site transport safety: Safe use of site dumpers (CIS52) which can be downloaded free from the HSE website.
7.3.1 The guidance document Avoiding danger from underground services (HSG47) can be downloaded from the HSE website.
7.3.3 Full information can be obtained from the Positioning and colour coding of underground utilities' apparatus.
7.8.3 For further information refer to the HSE guidance note Avoiding danger from overhead power lines (GS6).
8.4 The complete regulations and the ACoP and guidance notes can be viewed online:
8.5 Tunnelling offers more specific challenges. For the latest updates on training standards visit the Pipe Jacking Association and the British Tunnelling Society websites:
22.214.171.124 The HSE publication Respiratory protective equipment at work – A practical guide (HSG53) sets out the nominal protection factor for each type of respirator and describes their limitations; it should be carefully consulted in cases of doubt.
126.96.36.199 The HSE has published a leaflet Working safely with acetylene (INDG327) and the British Compressed Gases Association (BCGA) has a useful leaflet The carriage of small quantities of gas cylinders on vehicles as well as a wider range of publications that may be helpful:
- Working safely with acetylene
- BCGA leaflets
- Carriage of LPG cylinders by road and hazard information labelling requirements (CoP27).