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Caution – ceiling battens do not provide fall protection
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Caution – ceiling battens do not provide fall protection

Builders, roofers and other trades must plan for a safe approach to working at height and select an appropriate solution for the job to be completed safely.

It has recently come to our attention that some builders are using or are considering using ceiling battens as a method of fall protection when working on the roofing structure of the building. Both metal and timber ceiling battens are generally a lightweight element designed to provide support for ceiling linings and not to sustain the loads imposed by a person falling. The Best Practice Guidelines for Working on Roofs was released in June 2012 and outlines how people working on roofs can meet their obligations under the Health and Safety in Employment Act 1992.

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Last updated 29 August 2014

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On Monday 4 April 2016, the New Health and Safety at Work Act 2015 (HSWA) came into effect.

HSWA repeals the Health and Safety in Employment Act 1992, with immediate effect.

All references to the 1992 Act on this website and within our guidance will be progressively removed.