The law prescribes that work activities at height can only be performed from a safe scaffold, platform, or work floor. If this is not possible, then other effective measures must be taken to prevent falling hazard. If, in practice, this also turns out to be impossible, then suitable work equipment must be chosen to perform the work as safely as possible. The RI&E or specific TRA must decide which measure or which work equipment is most suitable for a certain situation.
Different statutory regulations and guidelines were drawn up for working at height. Here, we refer to articles in the Working Conditions Decree:
- Working Conditions Decree article 3.16: preventing falling hazard - the employer must take the necessary measures.
- Working Conditions Decree article 7.18b: hoisting and lifting gear for persons.
- Working Conditions Decree article 7.23: use of work equipment for working at height, such as ladders, scaffolds and steps.
- Working Conditions Decree article 7.34: scaffolds.
Furthermore, measures were prescribed in the H&S catalogues, for branches that frequently deal with working at height, and were put in order of preference. en in volgorde van voorkeur gezet.