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Conference focuses on working at height

Cutting the number of people killed or in- jured in falls fromheight at work will be a focus at a health and safety conference this month.With falls fromheight still the biggest cause of death in the workplace, the CoreSkills+ track of IOSH 2014 (ExCel London, 17-18 June) will feature sessions on factors critical to tackling the problem, including the hiring of tower equipment and the use of ladders.Work at height spe- cialists the Access Industry Forum, PASMA, IPAF and the Ladder Association are set to take part. Don Aers, technical director at PASMA

(Prefabricated Access Suppliers’ andMan- ufacturer’s Association), will lead a session called ‘Working at height - which bits are youmissing?’Working in consultation with the Health and Safety Executive, and in partnership with the Hire Association Eu- rope (HAE) and RoSPA, PASMA has launched a new campaign championing EN1004, a standard that looks at the design ofmobile scaffolds and tower scaffolds made of prefabricated parts. This initiative focuses on how to specify, buy or hire the right tower equipment, and how to use it safely. In a separate session, Aers - who is also

technicalmanager of the Ladder Associa- tion - will examine and evaluate the impli- cations of the Health and Safety Executive’s revised and simplified guidance for working

Swivel launch

The Swivel squeegee is one ofMoerman’s latest innovations for professional window cleaning, launched at the recent ISSA Inter- clean show in Amsterdam. Its ergonomic design ensures smooth and easy perform- ance without causing excessive strain on arms and shoulders - even after hours of intensive window cleaning. The Swivel squeegee handle features a 180° pivoting head that automatically ad-

“Last year’s CoreSkills+ workshop programmewas themost popular to date, so this yearwe’ve produced an evenmore comprehensive and diverse programme of sessions for delegates. There is something for everyone there. Whether you’re newto health and safety or in need of a top-up, the workshops are designed to provide in-depth content and detailed solutions to the challenges health and safety professionals are facing.”

at height in the UK, in particular the regu- lator’s ‘Safe use of ladders and stepladders - a brief guide’. He will be joined by Paul Cook, the HSE’s senior policy advisor re- sponsible for reviewing theWork at Height Regulations 2005 and overhauling the HSE’s guidance portfolio on work at height. He said: “Work at height has gone through a lot of changes in recent times. Our talks in the past have seen great success in try- ing to get these changes across as part of the AIF’s Toolbox Talks programme, reach- ing professionals with the kind of industry- specific knowledge they need. Bringing the same kind of in-depth knowledge to the CoreSkills+ programme will give a whole new audience the chance to hear this vital information.” IPAF’s contribution will take the formof a

talk on ‘Managing excellence inMEWPs’. Delivered by the association’s technical of- ficer, ChrisWraith, it will cover the skills and knowledge needed to operatemobile elevated work platforms. The popular CoreSkills+ track will wrap

up on Day 2 with a session called ‘Working at height: spoiled for choice?’, led by the Access Industry Forum(AIF), the forumfor trade associations and federations involved in working at height. Using a series of stud- ies, the forumwill examine and explain how, in each case, the work was properly planned, supervised and carried out by

justs to the right angle. Securely fitting to theMoerman ProClean extension poles, the swivel technique can easily be per- formed and allows access tomany hard to reach windows.Moreover, the angle of the grip can be altered by pushing a button on the side. The easy release design allows the fast

removal or repositioning of the channel, and the grips work well withMoerman Pro- Clean stainless steel and aluminiumchan- nels.

UKlaunch of pole system Ladder Associationwelcomes simplified guidance

A water-fed pole (WFP) systemhas recently launched in the UK. Jet Systems is a new company that aims to provide premiumand inno- vativeWFP systems to the industry. Both its founders - Richard EveringhamandMark Atkinson - have a wealth of experience in the cleaning industry, and have teamed up to create a partnership that will take their business venture fromstrength to strength. Jet Systems is aiming for innovation in theWFPmarket, and uses

rigorousmanufacturing processes to provide high-quality and relia- bility in all its products. Jet water-fed pole systems allow window cleaners - on a residen-

tial and industrial scale - to clean windows safely, easily, and to a high standard. Using purified water and a soft-bristled brush, the systemleaves windows with a gleaming streak-free shine. Jet Sys- tems will have launched three new products by June of this year. The company’s founders will be touring with industry roadshows

across the UK this year, giving help and advice on their products, and free demonstrations to potential customers. Sign up to the free Jet Systems newsletter to get information on roadshow dates, products launches and advice.

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The Ladder Association has welcomed the decision by the Health & Safety Executive (HSE) not to change theWork at Height Regulations (WAHR) following HSE’s completion of the review recommended by Professor Ragnar Lofstedt. In particular, the association has welcomed the introduction of the HSE’s revised and

simplified guidance: INDG455 ‘Safe use of ladders and step ladders - a brief guide’ (for- merly INDG402 & 3). This follows HSE’s conclusion that where problems existed with the application of the regulations, they arose fromthemisinterpretation of the regulations rather than fromthe regulations themselves. The new guidance, developed in conjunction with the Ladder Association and other

principal stakeholders, is unambiguous. Itmakes clear, subject to risk assessment, that ladders remain a sensible and practical option in the workplace - and that if it’s right to use a ladder, to use the right ladder and to use it safely. Ladder Association chairman, Cameron Clow, said: “Ladders are a versatile and invalu-

able piece of workplace equipment but, like all other forms of access equipment, there are some common sense rules for using themsafely. It’s all about sensible and propor- tionatemanagement of the risks. Fortunately, we now have some straightforward, easy- to-understand guidance fromthe HSE that confirms and reinforces thismessage and, at the same time, provides advice on the often simple, but sensible, precautions that those using ladders and step ladders should take to keep safe and avoid falls fromheight.”

competent people, with a particular em- phasis on the decision-making process for selecting themost appropriate equipment for the job. AIF director, Peter Bennett, said: “In pre-

vious years our Knowledge Base seminar programme has been a big draw at the Safety & Health Expo. By expanding this into workshops for the CoreSkills+ pro- gramme, we are looking forward to the chance of speaking to health and safety professionals in particular.” Organised by UBMLive, the annual IOSH

conference is a flagship event of the Insti- tution of Occupational Safety and Health. IOSH executive director ofmembership, Simon Bowen, said: “Last year’s CoreSkills+ workshop programme was the most popular to date, so this year we’ve produced an evenmore comprehensive and diverse programme of sessions for dele- gates. There is something for everyone there.Whether you’re new to health and safety or in need of a top-up, the work- shops are designed to provide in-depth content and detailed solutions to the chal- lenges health and safety professionals are facing. Those attending will be able to tailor their workshop programme to suit their learning needs and CPD goals.”

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