Review by Herbert Mulligan
The latest title from Mallow-based Health & Safety Publishers, Working at Height Handbook, is not just a training aid, but a concise reference guide to the law, standards and practicalities of working at height.
Set out in ten units or chapters, the handbook covers the law, risk assessment, ladders, low level access equipment, fall protection equipment, mobile elevated work platforms (MEWPs), scaffolding, safety nets, roof work and weather conditions. The handbook concludes with a proficiency test.
The handbook opens with sobering figures for the number of deaths from falls from height. Continuing, the law is set out in clear simple terms, followed by the chapter on risk assessment, which includes a template risk assessment for gutter replacement. The handbook then moves on to the practical chapters. These are well illustrated and incf ude a number of references to IS EN or BS standards. Readers are alerted to the fact that the standards for ladders are changing and are advisedt·o buy ladderst hat meet the IS EN 131 standard.
A big thank you to Herbert Mulligan of Health and Safety Review for the wonderful evaluation of our Working at Heights book. It certainly makes all the hard work worth while. The handbook can be purchased from our shop at this link.