What does working at height mean?
Heights are, in a legal sense, considered to be any surface from which a fall might result in injury: this surface could be at, or below, ground level, but in the context of Groves Window Cleaning it is likely to be far higher. In order to work where we do – e.g. on the outside of an apartment block – and to complete our work to the highest possible standard, it is necessary to assess and eliminate risk of fall from height. Therefore, our personnel are well versed in the amended 'Work at Height Regulations 2005'. This enables Groves Window Cleaning to provide the best quality service for our clients, and to ensure adherence to all relevant legislation while window cleaning at height.
What is involved in gaining this qualification?
In order to be awarded the 'Working at Heights' qualification, Groves window cleaning personnel must demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of:
- The requirements of existing legislation, and the implications of new regulations
- Safe working procedures for, and the criteria for selection of, all access equipment
- Required risk assessment approaches and planning for working at height
- Limitations of ladders and steps
- Training requirements and levels of competency of personnel using access equipment
- Duties placed upon designers and planners to ensure safe working at height
How does this qualification impact businesses, and how does this benefit our clients?
By integrating these methods and regulations into everyday practice, Groves Window Cleaning can make certain that we as duty holders are implementing all precautionary methods, and managing all potential hazards.