Technical Data & HSE Guidance

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The Working At Height General Points of Reference document link below enables you to download a summary list all in one document.

Working At Height General Points of Reference Document

The PPE Maximum Life Document is a summary of many working at height PPE manufacturers recommendations for maximum life for obsolescence.  

Please click on the highlighted link directly below.


This reference list is to be used as an aid only. Please note that the detailed list includes UK legislation, Codes of Practice & guidance as well as European / British standards, that is NOT exhaustive, however it does detail many points of reference that relate to or associated with persons safety when working at height safety & in confined spaces. Please check with the detailed source of the detailed points for reference for latest information & further detail. European Standards for the design & testing etc. of working at height safety equipment (e.g. corrosion testing, test methodology etc.) are under a separate cover.

The information provided is only intended to apply within the UK, however please also note that there maybe other specific Legislative / Statutory Instrument documents for Northern Ireland or other specific parts of the UK.

It is the responsibility of the each reader to judge the relevance and applicability of the information detailed for any application.

Equipment tested against a specific European Standard during the process of CE marking, to for example the European PPE Directive 89/686/EEC, will usually be done so via the harmonised standard for the country it is being tested in; such resultant certification is pan-European and not country specific.

Please also note that for the continuation of a CE Mark certification for certain products, additional quality assurance / product surveillance is required; e.g. for Category III (complex design) products of the European PPE Directive 89/686/EEC, additional quality assurance must be conducted in accordance with either Article 11A or Article 11B of PPE Directive 89/686/EEC from which an EC Declaration of conformity is produced.

Please note that the current revised version of any of the European Directives, are detailed on the European Commission website at 

The PPE Directive 89/686/EEC together with any subsequent amendments is located at

Other helpful pages

Key HSE Guidance:


HSE Research Reports