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New ways of working at height demand the highest training standards
Cleaning and maintaining buildings often involves the need to work at height. The obvious requirement that springs to mind is window cleaning; however there is a much broader range of complex building support services which involves the need to work at high levels. This includes gutter clearances, bird proofing, roof repairs, cleaning of extractor vents and building inspections, including surveys and specialist reports.
Increasingly, companies are looking for a single manageable contract for their building requirements, serviced by one reputable and dependable provider. CAM Specialist Support has extended way beyond traditional cleaning services by providing high-level maintenance, specialist training, professional consultancy and low-carbon services, such as LED lighting installation, to commercial and residential businesses.
The working at height industry is changing and it is becoming widely accepted that only the most up to date standards of best practice and safety should be used. New, safer and more technically advanced methods of working at height have been developed since the Work at Height Regulations 2005, amended by the Work at Height (Amendment) Regulations 2007, came into force.
One of the key legal requirements of the regulations is for competent, well trained people to plan, organise, supervise and carry out work at height. The Regulations "apply to all work at height where there is a risk of a fall liable to cause personal injury."
Matthew Johnson of CAM Specialist Support says: "As a specialist provider of building support products and services including high-level window cleaning, CAM Specialist Support has invested large amounts of time and effort to ensure that we meet the requirements of the Working at Height regulations.
"We arrange a wide range of training courses provided by our team of experts, including Ladder Association training courses, International Powered Access Federation (IPAF) Mobile Elevated Work Platforms (MEWP) Operator and Demonstrator courses and IOSH accredited Federation of Window Cleaners courses. In addition, our company provides professional consultancy services including site audits, cleanability audits, access strategy reports, risk assessments and method statements written to help operatives work safely and minimise risks identified in the risk assessment."
15th March 2012