Access Contracting Limited
Unit 34, Jessops Riverside
800 Brightside Lane, Sheffield S9 2RX
Tel: 0114 256 1197 Fax: 0114 242 2440

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Access Testing have the answers to all your most common queries..

There are certain questions which we at Access Testing are asked over and over again, so you may find the answer to your query here.  If you do not, then call or e-mail us with any queries or requests for further information and we we do our best to help.

General FAQs

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Do we need to or why should we complete periodic inspect of roof edge protection handrail and guardrails?

Technical FAQs

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Is it essential to use a system traveller with a horizontal cable system, or can I just use a Karabiner?

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What is the difference between fall arrest and fall restraint?

Support FAQs

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Do I need training, and do I need to train my employees or contractors in the safe use of fall protection and facade access equipment?

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Would I be better supplying the PPE (harnesses, lanyards and system travellers) for my fall protection safety systems or should I get contractors to supply their own.

 Answer - Risk cannot be contracted out and therefore the duty holder is better to control their own risk and supply the required PPE.

Further information

If a duty holder supplies the PPE to be used on their fall protection  systems they can control in conjunction with the system testing contractor (fall protection professional and competent person).  There by reducing their liabilities under the Work at Height regulations 2005 and the Health & Safety at Work Act).  They can be confident that:-

1.      The PPE is suitable and sufficient for the system.

2.      The PPE is tested, inspected and certified.

Should a duty holder choose choose not to supply the PPE they need for their fall protection systems they then assume the responsibilities as below:-

1.      The duty holder needs someone on site sufficiently competent to inspect the contractors PPE and asses if it is the correct equipment to use on the fall protection systems provided.

2.      The duty holder needs someone on site sufficiently competent to inspect the contractors PPE and asses if it is of the correct BS/EN standard, in test and in a suitable condition to use on the provided fall protection systems.

Work at HeightRegulations 2005

Apply to all work at height where there is a risk of a fall liable to cause personal injury.  They place duties on employers, the self-employed, and any person who controls the work of others (e.g. facilities managers or building owners who may contract others to work at height) to the extent they control the work.

Duty holders responsibilities (Duty holders are all of the above persons)

16 The Regulations require duty holders to ensure:

 - 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.

The Health &Safety at work act

Regualtion1 -  It shall be the duty of every employer to ensure, so far as is reasonably practicable, the health, safety and welfare at work of all his employees. Employees include subcontractors, contractors and those under their control or who may be affected by their actions.

Regulation (2)

(c) the provision of such information, instruction, training and supervision as is necessary to ensure, so far as is reasonably practicable, the health and safety at work of his employees; .

(d) so far as is reasonably practicable as regards any place of work under their employer control, the maintenance of it in a condition that is safe and without risks to health and the provision and maintenance of means of access to and egress from it that are safe and without such risks;

(e) the provision and maintenance of a working environment for his employees that is, so far as is reasonably practicable, safe, without risks to health, and adequate as regards facilities and arrangements for their welfare at work.

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With regards to working at Height the duties of the Duty holder - building owner, manager or person in control are: