Personal protective equipment when working at height
Any person who completes altitude course, has information on what personal protective equipment must be used. The employer is obliged to provide his employees with the correct PPE free of charge. He should also inform them of how to use them.Working safely at height requires the use of specially selected equipment, which is in good condition and regularly checked. Different ones will be used by an industrial climber, while others will be used by a worker laying roofing.
Among the most common components of protective systems are textile ropes and tapes used in:
- harnesses, including harnesses and lap belts
- safety lines
- self-clamping devices
- self-braking devices
- belt hooks
- and other means of protection against falls from a height
However, it is important to realise that textile items are sensitive to mechanical damage due to the materials used and their structure. Therefore, those carrying out mountaineering and other work at height should pay particular attention to their correct use and to checking their condition.
Any employee who has entitlements for working at height should remember to read the equipment's operating instructions carefully, know the risks of damage to items used when working at height, and remember to check them regularly before each use. Personal protective equipment should also be approved.