Event to dispel HSE 'myths'

The risks of working at height and the myths associated with Health & Safety Executive (HSE) regulations will be explored at an in-depth industry day.

The "scare stories" associated with the Work at Height Regulations 2005 still need to be dismissed, according to BTS Group training manager Kevin Moore, who is helping organise the event.

He said: "We are almost five years on now but, from a training point of view, there are still people who don't know how to implement the regulations.

"We want to get away from the scare stories that were flying around about the regulations, such as not being allowed to climb trees or ladders any more."

Key topics to be covered include history of the regulations, use of a mobile elevating work platform (MEWP), advice on access, Working at Height risk assessment and two-rope working in arboriculture.

HSE senior inspector Frances Hirst is expected to explain enforcement of the regulations during the workshop, along with cases where action has been taken.

Co-author of the Arboricultural Association's Guide to the Use of MEWPs in Arboriculture Paul Hanson is also lined up to speak.

The event is on 25 November at the Elizabeth Hotel, Ipswich, Suffolk. For full details or to reserve a place call 01449 720330.


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