Technical guidance

WAHSA has produced a series of Technical Guidance notes to assist specifiers, managers and end users of fall protection equipment.

The WAHSA Technical Guidance Notes are a free resource, provided and maintained by WAHSA and its member companies for reference.

Please use this section of our website as a library and refer to them online whenever you need.

We recommend that you avoid downloading or printing them to ensure you always access the most up to date information.

TGN01 – Considerations for the use of personal fall protection equipment

This information sheet gives very brief guidance on points to consider when selecting and using personal fall protection equipment such as anchor devices, harnesses and lanyards.

It is intended for employers, supervisors and users of such equipment, as an indication of the types of issues which should be considered. It is summary guidance only. The order of items is not significant.

TGN02 – Guidance on the selection, use, maintenance and inspection of retractable type fall arresters

This information sheet gives guidance on the use of retractable type fall arresters for work at height. These products are commonly known as fall arrest blocks in Europe and self retracting lifelines (SRL’s) in North America. Another term often used is ‘inertia reels’.

This information sheet gives guidance on the use of retractable type fall arresters for work at height.

TGN03 – Guidance on inspecting personal fall protection equipment

This leaflet is intended to provide guidance on the interpretation of Regulation 12 of the Work at Height Regulations, 2005 (WAHR).

It offers general advice on inspection regimes for personal equipment used to provide protection against falls from a height and is intended to give information on the frequency, procedure and level of detail of inspection and the type of records which must be kept.

TGN04 – Guidance on the use of single and twin energy absorbing lanyards

This information sheet gives guidance on the use of energy absorbing lanyards for work at height. Several safety issues have been raised with respect to these products, as follows; clearance distance below anchor points, methods of use of twin energy absorbing lanyards, the use of energy absorbing lanyards for restraint purposes, the effects the weight of the user may have on the performance of energy absorbers and degradation and limited lifespan of lanyards

TGN05 – Guidance on rescue during work at height

This leaflet is intended to provide guidance on emergency planning and the provision of rescue resources for work at height, either for rescue of an incapacitated person by others, or self evacuation of an individual without additional assistance.

TGN06 – Guidance on inspecting eyebolts used for personal fall protection purposes

This leaflet is intended to provide guidance on carrying out periodic examination on class A1 Anchor Devices to BS EN 795[1] in accordance with the recommendations of BS 7883:2005[2].

It offers general advice about the types of issues which should be considered. It does not give information detailed guidance on specific procedures or indicate whether individual methods might be preferable.

TGN07 – Reference information for work at height

This information sheet is a reference guide to sources of information relating to work at height in a wide range of industries. It has been compiled with considerable assistance from HSE’s Construction Division Technology Unit to which we offer thanks.

TGN08 – Guidance on the selection, use, maintenance and inspection of anchor devices

This guidance note gives guidance on the selection, use, maintenance and inspection of anchor devices for work at height that meet the requirement for PPE to be subjected to a prescribed assessment procedure and CE marked as contained in the Council Directive 89/686/EEC (The Personal Protective Equipment Directive) which was enacted in UK law by The Personal Protective Equipment Regulations.

TGN09 – Guidance on the selection, use, maintenance and inspection of connectors

This guidance note gives guidance on the selection, use, maintenance and inspection of connectors for work at height.  These products are commonly known as karabiners or snaphooks.

TGN10 – Guidance on the selection, use, maintenance and inspection of deadweight anchors

This leaflet is designed to give guidance on deadweight anchors certified to BS EN 795 Class E: 2012 and in accordance with the recommendations of BS 7883: 2005.
It offers general advice about the types of issues surrounding the selection and use of the deadweight anchors and offers guidance on preferable methods of use.

TGN11 – Guidance on basic casualty handling

This guidance note gives guidance to those personnel who may find themselves the senior person (manager) at a location following an incident resulting in a medical emergency.

TGN12 – Guidance on the risks of working in confined spaces

This guidance note give guidance on the dangers and risk consideration, regulations, training, selection of equipment and required procedures related to working or accessing a confined space.

External Guidance

BSI PH/5 16-0102 – Further guidance from BSI Technical Committee PH/5 – Personal Fall Protection on eyebolts for rope access

Eyebolts to BS EN 795:1997, BS EN 795:2012 and PD CEN/TS 16415:2013 when used for rope access purposes in light of increased strength recommendations of BS 7985:2013 and the IRATA International code of practice 2013.Eyebolts to BS EN 795:1997, BS EN 795:2012 and PD CEN/TS 16415:2013 when used for rope access purposes in light of increased strength recommendations of BS 7985:2013 and the IRATA International code of practice 2013.

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