BSIF Height Safety Group

What are ‘collective’ and ‘personal’ fall protection measures?

Collective protection utilises equipment that does not require the person working at height to act to be effective. Examples are permanent or temporary guardrails, scissor lifts and netting.

Personal protection utilised equipment that requires the individual to act to be effective. An example is putting on a safety harness correctly and connecting it, via an energy-absorbing lanyard, to a suitable anchor point.