Working at Height Permit


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Work at Height Permit-to-Work

All working at height comes with risk and this risk means when this work is carried out on company premises, a permit-to-work is required.

A permit to work is defined as a specialised safe system of work through which certain activities can only be carried out by an authorised person.

Permits to Work are an essential and important way of ensuring the health and safety of employees, contractors and others. They go towards ensuring a company fulfils their duty of care.

Working at height refers to any work in any place where there is a risk of acute injury should a contractor fall a distance. It covers work below ground level too where height is a factor. Risk assessment, safe working procedures/methods statements and permits to work covering all work at height are required and should be operational throughout the works.

Work at Height Permit to Work can only be issued by a Competent Person and they confer a right to work at height. They do not confer a right to carry out further works which require additional permits to work such as Asbestos removal or confined space work. In these instances, the contractor would need to seek these additional permits too.

It is important for all employers to have a health and safety policy in place and for those companies who employ more than 5 employees, it is a legal requirement. Make sure that you have the correct health and safety documents in the workplace and that they are not out of date.

The Health & Safety at Work etc Act 1974 is the legislation dealing with health & safety in the workplace and is usually governed by local authorities who make the necessary checks and visits to companies to ensure that the rules and regulations of the act are complied with.

A health & safety policy should be written by someone in your place of work, preferably by someone who has taken a course in health and safety and is aware of the responsibilities. The templates you can download will help you to create a policy which is clear and easily understood by the work force.

A health & safety document usually comprises of three elements which are:

  • A statement outlining how safety procedures will be managed in the workplace.
  • How safety is to managed and who is responsible for safety procedures
  • How health & safety activities are managed.
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