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European Legislation and Compliance UK

As a company, Latchways is certified to BS EN ISO9001:2008 quality management system and a US Department of Defence approved contractor.

Latchways’ products and systems are compliant with all legislative controls. They meet or exceed every important safety standard including European Council Directive 89/696/EEC and European Standards EN 795:2012 and EN 353-1:2014.

All Latchways systems are independently tested and certified, CE marked and hold EC Declarations of conformity.

In April 2005 new Working at Height Regulations were introduced which should be considered in addition to the information below.

Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2015 (CDM)

The CDM regulations, which define the legal duties for the safe operation of UK construction sites, changed on 6 April 2015. This is a significant piece of legislation which will have an impact on every UK construction professional.

Key changes in the new CDM Regulations 2015:

  • There is no longer a CDM Co-Ordinator role: this has been removed
  • A principal designer role has been introduced, to be appointed from within the design team
  • Principal designer and principal contractor must now be appointed by the client
  • “Competency” as a requirement is removed: the regulations now refer to skills, knowledge, training and experience.
  • The client now has a legal duty for managing projects: The regulations now apply to all clients, including domestic clients
  • Notification to HSE.

Responsibility for the management and co-ordination of health and safety issues is placed at the heart of the design team, and the architect or lead designer would appear to be the natural choice for the role of principal designer on most building projects.

Health and Safety in Roof Work (Booklet HSG 33)

This document provides guidance on how to work safely on roofs and how to design and plan for safe working. It covers new buildings, repair, maintenance, cleaning work and demolition. A copy of the booklet can be purchased through the HSE’s online book shop: books.hse.gov.uk

Further details on UK Legislation can be found at HSE's website www.hse.gov.uk.


Decree 65-48 of 8th January 1965, modified by decree 95-608 of 16th May 1995:

Stipulate that protection against falls must be provided when and work or movement exposes any worker to a fall of 3 metres or more.

‘Le Code du travail’: Article L230-3 ‘General principles of prevention’

Stipulate that the employer must take the necessary measures to ensure safety and to protect the health of the staff employed.


Arbowet artikel 5 (verplichting tot Risico Inventarisatie & Evaluatie)

Arbobeleidsregels 3.16 (werkzaamheden boven de 2,5 meter)

Arbeidsomstandighedenbesluit artikel 2.29 (ontwerpers-bronbeleid-stand der techniek)

Arbobesluit voor de Bouw artikel 2.6 en 2.31 (verantwoording opdrachtgevers)


Royal Decree passed in Spain (2177/2004) in particular:

  • 4.1.3—Rope safety systems will be limited to situations in which the risk assessment shows that the work to be carried out can be done in a safe manner, plus that the use of a more secure system is not justifiable.
  • 4.1.4—Where necessary, fall arrest systems will be installed.
  • 4.2.3—Work carried out at heights of more than 3.5m from the ground, and which require actions which would risk the worker´s stability will only be carried out using personal fall arrest systems, or alternative fall arrest systems.

Prevention of Labour Risk Law: 31/1995 and amendments to: 54/2003

It is the employers obligation to guarantee health and safety in the work place.

Royal Decree 773/1997 Minimum health and safety requirements pertaining to the workers’ use of personal protective equipment.

Royal Decree 1215/1997 Minimum health and safety requirements for the use of equipment by workers.

NTP 448 Work on light roofing materials.