Following on from the success of our height safety toolbox talks supported by the Home Builders Federation (HBF), the Access Industry Forum (AIF) and HBF have launched a series of podcasts that delve deeper into working at height and provide expert insight into a range of specific work at height topics.

Released as part of ‘World Day for Safety and Health at Work’, the first episode focusses on the AIF and HBF partnership, explores the role that RIDDOR data plays in gaining valuable insight for improvement, and looks at how the jointly-released toolbox talks are playing their part in bringing height safety to the top of companies’ agendas.

Hosted by Sara Cartin, Operations Manager at the HBF, the first guests include Nathan Preston, Head of Safety, Health, Environment and Quality (SHEQ) at Gleeson Homes and HBF Health and Safety Committee RIDDOR subgroup chair, and Tony Seddon, Director at the AIF.

AIF Director, Tony Seddon, said, “We’re delighted with the success of the height safety toolkits, which have so far covered ladder safety, access platform decking and temporary edge protection systems, with plans for more to come this year. These practical, easy-to-understand toolbox talks have been very well received on site and this has led us to explore other channels to help us get our message across. The podcast series is a great opportunity to reach a wider audience and get experts and guests together in an informal setting to talk about the real issues affecting the industry.”

Sara Cartin, Operations Manager at HBF, said, “This health and safety podcast series is a new and popular way that we are helping to guide and educate the industry to safely work at height. These 10-minute recordings provide concise and informative content for anyone at any level to listen to that we hope will help us to create real change.”

The podcasts are available to listen to within the HBF Health & Safety webpages:

The work at height toolbox talks are also freely available within this section of the HBF website and can be used by organisations of any size at no cost.