Optimising work at height safety during COVID-19

As the majority of the UK returns to work, new health and safety guidelines have been put in place to ensure that businesses are equipped to protect their employees from the spread of COVID-19. To make sure that your business remains compliant with the new regulations while protecting your staff from injury, we’ve put together this guide to optimising work at height safety during COVID-19.

Today’s Changing Work Environment

Facilities management businesses have a dual responsibility today; not only do they have to ensure that their employees can work in a sanitary and COVID-safe environment, but they also need to make sure that their staff remain safe while working from a height. To make sure that your day-to-day business practices aren’t interrupted during this time, it’s essential that you have the equipment you need on hand to ensure work at height safety is maintained.

Compliance Issues With Working At Height Equipment

In light of the new safety measures, popular working at height equipment, such as ladders, are classed as a higher risk and should be used as a last resort where safer, more appropriate equipment is not practicable. Ladders and steps are used frequently in businesses all over the country for routine maintenance and cleaning tasks, but they are often used in public areas by two people. With one person holding the foot of the ladder and the other positioned at the top, it is unlikely that workers would be able to adhere to the government’s 2-metre social distancing guidelines.

The solution to this issue would be to use working at height platforms that can be operated and manoeuvred by one person alone.

The Benefits Of Adjustable Height Work Platforms

Ability Intl’s Desksurfer is an adjustable height work platform designed as a quick and easy way of working from an elevated position. The Desksurfer only needs one person to wheel it quickly and easily from one position to another, so that multiple workplace maintenance tasks can be completed while adhering to COVID-safe regulations. With the Desksurfer, facilities management businesses can take on the dual responsibility of remaining compliant with government regulations while keeping their staff members safe from injury at all times.

For more information about how Ability Intl’s Desksurfer can benefit your facilities management business, get in touch with our friendly team today.

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