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2.—(1) In these Regulations, unless the context otherwise requires—
“the 1974 Act” means the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974;
“access” and “egress” include ascent and descent;
“construction work” has the meaning assigned to it by regulation 2(1) of the Construction (Health, Safety and Welfare) Regulations 1996(1);
“fragile surface” means a surface which would be liable to fail if any reasonably foreseeable loading were to be applied to it;
“ladder” includes a fixed ladder and a stepladder;
“line” includes rope, chain or webbing;
“the Management Regulations” means the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999(2);
“personal fall protection system” means—
a fall prevention, work restraint, work positioning, fall arrest or rescue system, other than a system in which the only safeguards are collective safeguards; or
rope access and positioning techniques;
“suitable” means suitable in any respect which it is reasonably foreseeable will affect the safety of any person;
“work at height” means—
work in any place, including a place at or below ground level;
obtaining access to or egress from such place while at work, except by a staircase in a permanent workplace,
where, if measures required by these Regulations were not taken, a person could fall a distance liable to cause personal injury;
“work equipment” means any machinery, appliance, apparatus, tool or installation for use at work (whether exclusively or not) and includes anything to which regulation 8 and Schedules 2 to 6 apply;
means any platform used as a place of work or as a means of access to or egress from a place of work;
includes any scaffold, suspended scaffold, cradle, mobile platform, trestle, gangway, gantry and stairway which is so used.
(2) Any reference in these Regulations to the keeping of a report or copy of a report or plan shall include reference to its being kept in a form—
(a)in which it is capable of being reproduced as a printed copy when required;
(b)which is secure from loss or unauthorised interference.
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