#NoFallsWeek

13-17 May 2024

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Resources you can use during NO FALLS WEEK

Start planning now how you will get involved in No Falls Week between 13-17 May! You might want to hold an in-person safety event, deliver toolbox talks to your staff, or have a safety stand-down and get all your team together to reinforce the importance of safe working at height. Whatever you decide, we have gathered a range of materials and toolkits from our friends at the Access Industry Forum (AIF) to help you make the most of the week.

LET EVERYONE KNOW YOU'RE SUPPORTING NO FALLS WEEK:

SOCIAL MEDIA
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Help us spread the word with our social media toolkit; we’ve got graphics and suggested text to use  – and don’t forget to always use the hashtag #NoFallsWeek

EMAIL SIGNATURE & WEB BANNERS

Make sure you use all opportunities to let your wider network of colleagues and business contacts know you’re supporting No Falls Week. Make sure you hyperlink your email signature graphic to nofallsweek.org

NO FALLS WEEK LOGOS

You might have your own materials you want to deliver during No Falls Week, or you might want to add a ‘badge’ to your website and existing promotional material. See enclosed logo guidelines.

DOWNLOAD THE RESOURCES YOU CAN USE IN YOUR WORKPLACE:

STARTING WITH...GENERAL GUIDANCE

No Falls Foundation Pocket Guide:

Developed by the No Falls Foundation, this handy pocket guide highlights the key areas to consider before working at height.

The No Falls Foundation is devoted to people who work at height, is dedicated to preventing falls from height and helping people affected by the life-changing consequences.

It aims to foster greater awareness and understanding of the risks associated with working at height; to better understand the causes of falls from height and to support those facing the aftermath of a fall from height.

Download the No Falls Pocket Guide >>

General Work at Height Guidance:

‘Safety Steps’ work at height guidance is a series of documents that can be used freely – in whole or part – to help produce any type of height safety output for people in any role in an organisation.

Safety Steps were created by the ‘Managing Risk Well’ Group, a leading safety group within construction industry body CONIAC (the Construction Industry Advisory Council), with input from the Access Industry Forum.

Download from the CONIAC website using the links below…

GUIDANCE FROM THE INDUSTRY LEAD BODIES

Ladder Safety Guidance:

‘LA455 Safe Use of Ladders and Stepladders – a brief guide’ is the latest guidance jointly produced by the Ladder Association and the Health and Safety Executive (HSE).

Download the LA455 Ladder Guidance >>

Client Guide for the Inspection of
Steel Chimneys:

Brought to you from ATLAS (The Association of Technical Lightning & Access Specialists)

Download the Guidance >>

Permanent and Temporary Suspended Facade Access – Guidance Library:

Explore SAEMA’s comprehensive guidance notes, produced by their technical committee.

The Guidance Library includes information on the selection, use and management of suspended access equipment.

Explore the SAEMA Guidance Library >>

Permanent and Temporary Suspended Facade Access – Training Information:

SAEMA Training is designed to teach people about how temporary and permanent access systems work and how to use them safely. Their Part 1 Operator Training contains a range of engaging online resources to enhance the learning experience.

Learn more about SAEMA Training >>

Rooflighting Safety Bulletin:

Created by FASET (Fall Arrest Safety Equipment Training) and the Rooflight Association, this Safety Bulletin is specifically about Rooflight Safety Nets: The Limitations and Potential Dangers.

Download the Rooflighting Safety Bulletin >>

Personal Protection Equipment:

WAHSA (Work at Height Safety Association) is the UK lead body representing the interests of manufacturers, assemblers, installers, distributors and end users of personal protection equipment used for work at height and rescue.

Explore the WAHSA Guidance Library >>

Preventing Falls in Scaffolding Operations:

Download the SG4:22 Safety Guidance >>

Fall Protection in Mobile Elevating Work Platforms (MEWPs):

Download the H1: Fall Protection in MEWPs Guidance >>

Using Mobile Elevating Work Platforms (MEWPs) Near Power Lines:

Power lines can kill and are a danger when working at height using mobile elevating work platforms (MEWPs). 

IPAF’s High Voltage! safety campaign identifies the hazards and risks associated with working near power lines and explains how to work safely to avoid the risks.

Visit the High Voltage Webpage >>

Download the High Voltage Safety Leaflet >>

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS (FAQs)

Safety Netting FAQs:

Created by FASET (Fall Arrest Safety Equipment Training), these frequently asked questions cover installation, testing, inspection and best practice when using safety nets. 

Download the Safety Netting FAQs >>

Permanent and Temporary Suspended Facade Access FAQs:

SAEMA, the national trade body for the permanent and temporary suspended façade access equipment industry, have compiled handy FAQs for suspended access equipment (SAE) and training.

Permanent and Temporary Suspended Facade Access – Training FAQs:

SAEMA Training is a truly unique way of engaging, educating and examining those who are tasked the most dangerous of workplace activities – working at height. These frequently asked questions cover the benefits of the training and some of the finer details about the training itself.

Download the SAEMA Training FAQs >>

TOOLBOX TALKS

Ladder Safety:

A suite of toolbox talks from The Ladder Association, covering three key ladder safety topics; ‘How to Select a Ladder’, ‘How to Use a Ladder’ and ‘How to Secure a Ladder.

Download the Ladder Toolbox Talks >>

Mobile Access Towers:

Responsible for the safety of scaffold tower users? PASMA have a series of one-page documents that provide you with the content you need to deliver Toolbox Talks on five specific topics related to towers.

Download the Mobile Tower Toolbox Talks >>

Rope Access:

Health & Safety topic sheets from IRATA aimed at raising awareness of hazards that may be encountered in industrial rope access. The series may be used as toolbox talks.

Download the IRATA Topic Sheets >>

Temporary Edge Protection:

A suite of toolbox talks and guidance notes for site managers from EPF and FASET covering four key edge protection topics:

Access Platform Decking (APD):

A suite of toolbox talks and guidance notes developed by FASET in partnership with the Access Industry Forum and Home Builders Federation (although these can be used across any industry):

Personal Fall Protection Equipment (PFPE):

A suite of toolbox talks and guidance notes developed by WAHSA in partnership with the Access Industry Forum and Home Builders Federation (although these can be used across any industry):

Mobile Elevating Work Platforms (MEWPs):

MEWPs are a safe and effective means of access for undertaking temporary work at height tasks. It is important to remember a MEWP is only as safe as the person who is operating it. If this equipment is used incorrectly, unsafely or by inexperienced people, accidents and fatalities are more likely to happen.

This Toolbox Talk provides some safety measures which can reduce the risk of falls from the platform.

Download the IPAF ‘Don’t Fall for It!’ Toolbox Talk >>

Mobile Elevating Work Platforms (MEWPs):

When working at height in a MEWP, one of the leading causes of death and severe injury is falls from the platform. This toolbox talk looks at the risks and how to prevent falling from the platform.

This toolbox talk applies to:

  • MEWP operators
  • Site manager and supervisors where MEWPs are in use
  • User (who has control of the use of the MEWP on site)


Download the IPAF ‘Personal Fall Protection Equipment (PFPE) to Prevent Falls’ Toolbox Talk >>

More guidance coming soon…

Check back for updates. We’ll be adding new resources as they become available!

Looking for something in particular that’s not listed? Get in touch and we will do our best to help!

POSTERS

21st Century Steeplejack:

The latest campaign from ATLAS (The Association of Technical Lightning & Access Specialists) to raise awareness of the diverse range of access methods and services available from its members.

Safety Netting and Temporary Safety Systems – General:

Download the FASET Interactive Poster  >>

Safety Netting and Temporary Safety Systems – Specialist Training:

Download the FASET Interactive Poster  >>

Safe Use of Mobile Elevating Work Platforms (MEWPs) and Mast Climbing Work Platforms (MCWPs):

IPAF’s ‘Andy Access’ campaign promotes the safe use of MEWPs and MCWPs.

Simple posters featuring the characters Andy Access and Hugh Hazard illustrate a specific safety message on how to use MEWPs correctly.

There are dozens to choose from, so instead of listing them all here, you can browse the whole range on the IPAF website, choose your language, and download the ones you need! Just click the link below.

Jump to the Andy Access Resource Library on the IPAF website >>

INTERACTIVE QUIZZES

How much do you really know about scaffold towers? – courtesy of PASMA

Round 1 – Beginners

If you’ve worked with or around towers, you’ve learned a thing or two about their capabilities and how to use them safely. Or have you? Let’s find out! There are 15 questions in this round.

Take the Round 1 quiz >>

Round 2 – Getting Harder

If you’re PASMA trained, you’re sure to ace this round.

Let’s see how much you remember!

There are 15 questions in this round.

Take the Round 2 quiz >>

Round 3 – Tower Nerds

Calling all ‘tower nerds’! This one’s for you. We’ve gone pretty easy on you so far but the third and final round is where it gets really tough. There are 15 questions in this round. Good luck!

Take the Round 3 quiz >>

Test your knowledge of mobile elevating work platforms (MEWPs) – courtesy of IPAF

‘Don’t Fall For It’ Safety Quiz

How much do you know about pre-use inspection, harness use and safe use of MEWPs? There are 12 questions to answer.

Take the quick quiz >>

‘High Voltage’ Safety Quiz

Answer 5 multiple choice questions to test your knowledge on the use of MEWPs near power lines.

Take the quick quiz >>

‘Crushing Can Kill’ Safety Quiz

Test your knowledge on the risk of entrapment. Answer 5 questions to claim your free IPAF screen cleaner kit! 

Take the quick quiz >>

INDUSTRY REPORTS & SAFETY NOTICES

Rope Access:

The Work and Safety Analysis (WASA) Report from IRATA, examines employment, incident and accident data submitted by IRATA members, incidents are defined by their immediate causes, such as a fall from height or a slip/trip.

Download the WASA Reports >>

IRATA also issue Safety Notices on a regular basis, produced by IRATA Health and Safety Committee, to keep members and technicians abreast of issues of which they should be aware which have arisen out of incident reporting or feedback from members themselves.

Download IRATA Safety Notices >>

Powered Access:

Discover the IPAF Global Safety Report 2023! Covering data from 2012 to 2022, this insightful report delves into the primary causes of serious injuries and fatalities during work at height using powered access machines. It emphasises the importance of gathering more near-miss data from the industry worldwide, a crucial step in preventing the most common types of accidents in the future.

Download the IPAF Global Safety Report 2023 >>

Ladder Safety:

Do you buy, supply or use ladders? Are you buying from a reputable source? How do you know the products are safe and meet current standards? Market surveillance studies from the Ladder Association have shown that unsafe and potentially dangerous ladders continue to be sold online. 

Download the Ladder Association Market Surveillance Reports >>

Jump straight to the Checklist for Buying Safe Ladders >>

Scaffolding:

The annual NASC Safety Report – available for free download – is based on factual information reported by all full contracting NASC members. It is a mandatory membership requirement for all full contracting members to complete their annual accident returns to the NASC.

The Safety Reports confirm that using an NASC member for your scaffolding will ensure a safer and more compliant scaffold than that provided by non-regulated scaffolding companies.

Download the NASC 2023 Safety Report >>

VIDEOS

An introduction to work at height methods from the Access Industry Forum

Below left: Short Version (1min 30secs) and below right: Extended Version (21mins).

Ladder Safety:

‘Get a Grip’ is the ongoing Ladder Safety Campaign from The Ladder Association.

Highlight the importance of safe work at height with this emotive video from the award-winning campaign, which tells the story of Abbi Taylor and the life-changing consequences her Dad’s (Jason Anker MBE) fall from height has had on their family.

Watch the Short Version (2min 30secs) >>

Watch the Extended Version (8mins) >>

Mobile Elevating Work Platforms (MEWPs):

Created by IPAF (International Powered Access Federation). Position your MEWP correctly and always stay inside the platform guardrails with both feet on the platform floor. Safety starts with you, don’t make the wrong choice

Watch the IPAF ‘Andy Access – Don’t fall For It’ Video >>

Access Hatch Installation:

Created by FASET (Fall Arrest Safety Equipment Training).

This video compares good and bad practice for installing a first-floor access hatch.

Watch the FASET Access Hatch Video >>

Mobile Access Towers:

Explore a range of bitesize mobile access tower safety videos from PASMA. The series includes videos on tower safety, component inspection, the importance of instruction manuals, moving a tower, stabilising a tower, getting trained…and much more!

PASMA also has a series of videos specifically for using mobile towers safely in rail environments.

Explore the PASMA Tower Safety Videos >>

Explore the PASMA Rail Industry Videos >>

Edge and Rope Access:

Below right: This video shows the investigation into the managerial and supervisory aspects of the events that led to the incident portrayed in the Edge and Rope Management video.

Below left: This video is intended to be shown as part of a safety meeting and includes on-screen questions which should be discussed during the video screening to its intended audience.

HEALTH AND SAFETY EXECUTIVE (HSE) RESOURCES

Health and Safety Executive – Working at Height: A Brief Guide

The purpose of The Work at Height Regulations 2005 is to prevent death and injury caused by a fall from height. If you are an employer or you control work at height (for example facilities managers or building owners who may contract others to work at height) the Regulations apply to you.

Employers and those in control of any work at height activity must make sure work is properly planned, supervised and carried out by competent people. This includes using the right type of equipment for working at height. Low-risk, relatively straightforward tasks will require less effort when it comes to planning.

Employers and those in control must first assess the risks. 

Employees have general legal duties to take reasonable care of themselves and others who may be affected by their actions, and to co-operate with their employer to enable their health and safety duties and requirements to be complied with.

HSE have produced guidance to help you comply with the law…

Download the HSE ‘Working at Height: A Brief Guide’ Guidance >>

Common work at height myths:

Common work at height myths answered on the HSE website; are ladders banned, qualifications, and other questions often asked about work at height.

Visit the HSE webpage >>

Fragile roofs: Safe working practices:

This leaflet is aimed at building owners and occupiers, construction businesses and
workers – in short, anyone working on fragile roofs or having work done.

Download the HSE fragile roofs leaflet >>

Roof repair work – busy builder know-how:

Want to stay on top as a roof worker on a busy building site? Essential health and safety top tips you should follow, even if you don’t directly employ those working on site.

Download the HSE busy builder roof flyer >>

SUPPORT FROM THE NO FALLS FOUNDATION

No Falls Foundation Support Pack

Getting the support you need after a fall from height.

Developed by the No Falls Foundation, this information and support pack provides guidance on what to do if you, or someone you knows, sadly experience a fall from height. The Support Pack covers:

  • What to do immediately
  • What financial assistance may be available
  • How to begin a personal injury claim
  • Support with transport and home adaptations
  • Using our befriending service
  • Other types of support open to you.


Download the No Falls Support Pack >>

With thanks to the ACCESS INDUSTRY FORUM

The No Falls Foundation would like to thank all members of the Access Industry Forum (AIF) for their support in providing the resources and materials for No Falls Week.

The AIF is the forum for the ten principal trade associations and federations involved in work at height. All members are ‘standards’ driven organisations committed to advancing safety, best practice and competency when working at height, irrespective of any particular piece of access equipment or safety solution. To learn more about the AIF, visit their website accessindustryforum.org.uk

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