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Health and Safety

At A1 Hire & Sales safety is a vital part of our policy, to our colleagues - our customers and of our equipment.

All our members of staff are fully trained and able to advise on the equipment you need and how to use it to make sure you get your job done safely and efficiently.

To ensure your safety the equipment you hire will have been tested for efficiency, durability and compliance. So anything you hire from us will be ready to use.

Our comprehensive operating and safety guidelines have allowed us to achieve the prestigious Hire Association of Europe Safe-HIRE award every year since 2001.

If you have any questions we have personnel who are available to give advice on legislation, good H&S practice, personal protection, HAV levels, noise and safe use of equipment.

Training Solutions

A1 Training can provide you and your company personnel with a wide range of standard, bespoke and accredited courses from General Health and Safety, Working at Height to IPAF and PASMA qualifications. So you can make sure your workforce is up to speed and compliant with appropriate technical and practical knowledge as well as the safest working practices.

Please click here for more information on A1 Training Services.

Working at Height Safely

Who does it apply to?

The working at height regulations 2005 consolidate previous legislation and applies to all work at height where there is a risk of a fall liable to cause personal injury. The regulations set out a simple hierarchy for managing and selecting equipment for work at height.

Avoid, Prevent and Protect are the basic principles that apply to work at height.


Avoid work at height unless you have to. Always look for alternative ways to get the job done.


If you have to work at height, do everything you can to prevent a fall. Consider all the risks in advance and carefully choose the right equipment for the task and the environment.

• Use the most suitable equipment.
• Take into account the working conditions.
• Think about the safety of everyone in the area where the equipment is being used.
• Give priority to collective protection measures (e.g. guard rails) over personnel protection (i.e. safety harnesses).


If you cannot eliminate the risk entirely, use work equipment or other suitable measure to minimise the consequences should a fall occur.

5 Major Requirements

Duty holders must ensure that:

• All work at height must be properly planned and organised.
• Those involved in working at height are competent.
• A full risk assessment is carried out and appropriate equipment is selected and used.
• The risks from working on or around fragile surfaces are properly controlled.
• Equipment for working at height is properly maintained and inspected.

What does it mean to me?

Before beginning any work at height, ensure that you carry out a proper risk assessment to determine if work at height is necessary. If it is, A1 Hire can advise on the most appropriate equipment to use.

If you want more information you can book a training course for many aspects of working at height.

Safety Symbols

All round protection grade 1 goggles to EN 166B - Less hazardous work Grade 2 spectacles.

1. General purpose, disposable masks for low risk dust and water-based airborne sprays.
2. Respiratory disposable masks with charcoal filter for welding fumes, ozone and most nuisance level odours.
3. Consult product supplier for guidance and COSHH data information.

Welding masks or goggles are supplied with your equipment.

For protection against high noise levels. Ear plugs are suitable for short-term work.

To BS EN 345 for Toe protection.

Gauntlets, PVC, Cotton, rubber or Rigger Gloves for hand protection.

Protection against falling objects. Compulsory on site.

Equipment designed for personnel lifting. Safety restraint harness recommended.

Vibration HighVibration MediumVibration Low VIBRATION CAUTION
See below for further information.
Propane or Butane gas required for this equipment. Propane or Butane gas required for this equipment.

Hand Arm Vibration Syndrome (HAVS)

What is HAVS?

HAVS occurs when people are exposed to excessive vibration. Vibrating tools such as breakers, drills and grinders can cause conditions including 'vibration white finger' and may also cause disorders of bones, muscles, joints and sensory nerves.

How long can I use a tool for?

The amount of time you can safely use equipment varies depending on the type of tool, its condition, the materials you are working with and the job you are doing. It is essential that you check carefully to ensure you are not facing the risk of developing a hand arm vibration-related disease.

To help you better assess the risks involved with specific tools that we hire, we have prepared a colour-coded chart. This corresponds to the red, yellow and green hands you may have noticed next to various items in our pricelist.

  Please click here to download the HAVS Chart and guidelines (PDF file, 173kb)

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