Corporate health and safety procedure – Working at height

This procedure replaces all previous corporate policies and procedures relating to working at height.


Falls from height are among the biggest causes of workplace fatalities and major injuries.

Hampshire County Council (HCC) is committed to reducing and controlling the risks to its staff, and others who may be affected, from falls from height. This procedure sets out a structured way to determine appropriate systems, equipment and other control measures that can be used to reduce these risks. The aim is to secure compliance with the Work at Height Regulations 2005.


The standards contained within this procedure will apply to all HCC work at height where a person could fall a distance liable to cause personal injury. It also applies to preventing injury from the fall of any material or object.

No person shall access an area where there is a risk of a fall from height until suitable and sufficient precautions are in place to reduce the risk to an acceptable level. Temporary arrangements may be required to protect those installing control measures.

No person shall carry out work on, near or over fragile surfaces unless adequate control measures are in place. It should not be assumed that fragile surfaces give any fall protection.


Working at Height – work in any place where, if there were no precautions in place, a person could fall a distance liable to cause personal injury, including falls into holes in the ground.

Access equipment – equipment that is used to provide safe access for work at height.

Fragile surface – any surface that is likely to fail should a reasonably foreseeable loading be applied, including roof lights and fibre cement sheets

Working platform – any platform used as a place of work or for access or egress.

Competence – the necessary skills, experience and knowledge to undertake the task in hand.


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