What is collective means protection?
Collective means of protection for work at height are systems such as guardrails, walkways or another type of work platform, serving to prevent falls and which, in short, avoid the use of PPE specifically intended to protect against falls from height.
Why mount collective means of protection?
As established in the regulations and standards, the use of collective means of protection take priority over personal means of protective.
Occupational Risk Prevention Act, 31/1995 expressly establishes that collective means of protection shall take priority over personal ones:
- Article 15, section h) indicates that “the employer must adopt measures that give priority to collective means of protection over personal means”.
- In turn, article 17 establishes that "Personal protective equipment must only be used whenever the risks are unavoidable or cannot be sufficiently limited by technical means of collective protection or by work organisation measures, methods or procedures”
Standards and regulations
With regard to collective means of protection there are a number of applicable standards and regulations.
There are many different types of collective means of protection