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BWCA Expertise
The BWCA is often consulted by architects and building managers on current best practice for complex window cleaning operations.

BWCA personnel were instrumental in helping to formulate the guidance notes, The Safe Use of Waterfed Poles

A Wide Range of Courses
The BWCA currently offers 14 courses. These cover topics for the absolute beginner, such as SK1 Window Cleaning Skills to advanced subjects like IOSH Managing Safely.

The UK's Only
Dedicated Training Centres
The BWCA is the only operator of training centres specifically for the window cleaning industry in the UK. We currently offer trainng from our centres in Swindon and Newcastle, but we have plans to open centres in Edinbrough, London, Birmingham and Cornwall.

HSE Publications

The following publications are produced by The HSE and other statutory bodies, and have a direct relevance to the window cleaning industry.

The Work at Height Regulations 2005-
A Brief Guide

This leaflet is written for employers, the self-employed and anyone who works at height. It provides general information about how to comply with the Work at Height Regulations 2005, which apply to all work at height where there is a risk of a fall liable to cause personal injury.

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Height Safe-
Essential health and safety information for people who Work at height

Falls from height continue to be the biggest killer on construction sites.The following section provides advice for users of ladders and access scaffolds. It will also help those who select and specify equipment.

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Inspecting Fall Arrest Equipment Made From Webbing or Rope

This leaflet is mainly aimed at employers who are responsible for the use of fall arrest equipment incorporating energy-absorbing lanyards made from webbing and/or rope.

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A Brief Guide to The Regulations

What you need to know about the Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations 2002 (COSHH).

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MISC 611-
A Safety in Window Cleaning Using Suspended and Powered Access Equipment

Cradles and mobile elevating work platforms are an ideal form of access for external window cleaning for many larger buildings. MISC611 Provides broad guidance on their safe use.

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A Guide to Risk Assessment Requirements

This guide is intended for employers and self-employed people who have duties under health and safety law to assess risks in the workplace. It shows how the risk assessment provisions in different regulations are linked and what they add up to.

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MISC 613-
Safety in Window Cleaning Using Portable Ladders

Most falls to window cleaners involve the use of portable ladders. Recent accident figures reported to HSE show that between two and seven window cleaners are killed each year in the UK, and about 20-30 suffer major injuries as a result of falls involving ladders.

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Getting to Grips With Manual Handling

This booklet explains the problems associated with manual handling and sets out best practice in dealing with them. The advice is intended for managers of small firms or similar organisations, but the general principles are relevant to all workplaces, whatever their size. Avoiding injuries from manual handling makes sound business sense.

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MISC 614-
Preventing Falls From Boom-Type MEWPs

MISC614 explains how to prevent falls from Mobile Elevating Working Platforms (MEWPS). It also explains how to select suitable fall protection equipment where the risk cannot be adequately controlled. All types of boom (articulated and telescopic) are covered by this guidance.

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A Short Guide to The Personal Protective Equipment at Work Regulations 1992

The PPE at Work Regulations 1992 form part of a series of health and safety regulations implementing EC Directives. The effect of the PPE at Work Regulations is to ensure that certain basic duties governing the provision and use of PPE apply to all situations where PPE is required.

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Reporting of Injuries, Diseases, and Dangerous Occorunces Regulations (RIDDOR)

If you are an employer, self-employed or in control of work premises you will have duties under RIDDOR. RIDDOR requires you to report some work-related accidents,diseases and dangerous occurrences and applies to all work activities..

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5 Steps to Risk Assessment

This leaflet aims to help employers and self-employed people to assess risks in the work-place. It is aimed at firms in the commercial, service and light industrial sectors..

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Contacting BWCA

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