Section 17-1. Risk assessment and requirements relating to work at height

In connection with planning and performance of work at height, the employer shall assess the risk to ensure the work can be carried out safely.
The risk assessment shall pay particular attention to the following:
  1. a.
    collective fall prevention measures shall take priority over personal fall arrest equipment,
  2. b.
    the work equipment has been designed for the work that will be performed and for predictable loads,
  3. c.
    scaffolding shall be stable and the foundation shall be capable of supporting the load to which it will be exposed,
  4. d.
    the work shall be performed in accordance with ergonomical principles from a suitable surface. If this is not possible, the employer shall select the work equipment that best ensures safe working conditions,
  5. e.
    access routes shall be adapted according to how often the employees have to move, how long they are in use and the height of the access,
  6. f.
    access routes can be used for evacuation in an emergency situation,
  7. g.
    movement between access routes and work platforms, the scaffold decks or gangways shall not entail an increased risk of falling,
  8. h.
    safety devices to protect against falls shall be installed where necessary. Collective fall arrest devices may only have openings in access places where there are stairs or ladders, and
  9. i.
    equipment is secured to prevent objects from falling and constituting a risk to other people.
If it is necessary to remove a collective fall arrest device temporarily in order to perform a specific task, safety measures shall be implemented which compensate for this. This shall be done before the work task starts. When the work task has been completed or halted, the collective fall arrest device shall be reinstalled.