Human Resources

Health and Safety

Working at Height

Course leader

Joanne Barringer: Health and Safety Technician

Target audience

All University staff in particular members of staff who routinely work at height.

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) definition of working at height:

"...a place is 'at height' if a person could be injured falling from it..."

Statistics show that two thirds of all major injuries are caused by low falls (below 2m), therefore this course is aimed at people that also routinely work at low heights, such as using footstools and step ladders.

This course is aimed at enabling those responsible for such work to understand what is required when carrying out such an assessment, i.e. legislative requirements and best practice.

Aims of the workshop

To create a better understanding of working at heights and height awareness including the Legal Duties imposed by the Work at Height Regulations 2005.

The course provides an introduction to the Risk Assessment process now required by law for all work at height. The course looks at the safe systems of work for working at height using the BS 8437 'Hierarchy of Protective Measures', a detailed look at avoidance, safe places of work and appropriate work equipment.

The course provides a hands-on demonstration of the most common items of work equipment used within the University campus... their selection, classification and inspection, including ladders, step ladders and footstools.

Learning outcomes

As a result of attending, participants will:

  • Understand the responsibilities and duties under the Work at Height Regulations 2005
  • Be competent to work safely at height with strong hazard awareness and a sound theoretical knowledge and practical experience of assessing ladders, step ladders and footstools
  • The participants will have the ability to assess the risks and requirements needed for safely working at height in their scope of work
  • Be able to select their job specific fall protection equipment with confidence

Other staff development opportunities relevant to this topic

Control of Substances Hazardous to Health (COSHH) Assessments: Targeted at staff in academic and technical roles

First Aid at Work: Initial and refresher training for those taking on the role of Workplace First Aider

Manual Handling: Particularly useful for staff in Caretaking and Library Services roles but may be relevant to any member of staff

Portable Appliance Testing: For staff in technical roles

Risk Assessment: Useful to new staff working in an office or laboratory environment

Further information about Health and Safety related staff development opportunities can be obtained from the Health and Safety Office, St Andrew's Court. Please email for more information.