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Working At Heights

Compliance with the Work at Height Regulations 2005 might just save a life…

The Work at Heights Regulations 2005 applies to all work at height where there is a risk of a fall liable to cause personal injury. It places duties on employers, the self-employed and any person who controls the work of others.

  • Basic work at height
  • Harness Appreciation and Inspection
  • Height Rescue and Evaluation
  • Rooftop Safety
  • Safe Use and Inspection of Ladders and Step Ladders
  • Scaffold Safety Inspection

Basic Work at Height

Aims: The course syllabus is intended to provide basic information for anyone involved in or affected by work at height. The aim of this course is to ensure that personnel are aware of the legal and best practice requirements when using fall protection equipment and are aware of their responsibilities.

Key areas:

  • Understand the effects of gravity and its consequences.
  • To have an understanding of the legislation and guidance with regards to working at height and fall protection equipment.
  • Recognise the main hazards and risks in connection to work at height.
  • Understand the need for a rescue plan.
  • Correctly identify appropriate anchorage points.
  • Identify safe systems of work using ladders.
  • Perform a pre-use inspection of work at height equipment (harness/lanyard).
  • Demonstrate a good understanding of the three types of fall protection systems and the components used in these systems.
  • Basic knowledge of the selection of products for basic work at height applications.
  • Correctly don a harness.

Course Duration: 1/2 Day

By the end of the course: Delegates will understand working at height awareness and best practice requirements when using fall protection equipment and will be issued with a Certificate which shows they are competent working at heights.

Harness Appreciation and Inspection

Aims: To enable delegates who operate MEWPS’ to identify and select the correct form of safety harness and lanyard, and be able to inspect, maintain, monitor, fit and use them effectively.

Key areas:

  • Legislation
  • NEW – guidance on when safety harnesses/lanyards need to be worn – see our tech update section for details
  • Categories for Safe Work at Height
  • CE Marking
  • Trace-ability
  • Work restraint – WHY?
  • Work restraint – How it will Work
  • Equipment strengths
  • Pre-use equipment check
  • Rescue provision
  • Practical session

Course Duration: 1/2 Day

By the end of the course: Delegates will receive an IPAF Certificate of Competency.

Height Rescue and Evaluation

Aims: This course covers all aspects relating to working at height and rescue, and provides delegates with an understanding of why rescue procedures are needed and how to plan for and successfully complete a rescue.

Key areas:

  • The hierarchy of controls when carrying out Work at Height (WAH) Legislation
  • How a rescue kit works
  • Harness inspection and wearing
  • Using a rescue kit at ground level
  • Simulated rescue of a dummy
  • Re-certification, training and first aid procedures

Course Duration:1 Days

By the end of the course: Delegates will be issued with a Certificate which shows they are competent carrying out rescue at height.

Rooftop Safety

Aims: To equip trainees with increased knowledge and best practice requirements when working on flat and pitched roofs. Delegates will be be trained on specific rooftop safety products (practical).

Key Areas:

  • General roof height safety considerations
  • Working at height suitability – fall arrest/work positioning/restraint on roofs
  • Basic elements of safe working procedures, equipment principles and operator

Considerations when working on roofs including:

  • Harnesses
  • Lanyards
  • Inertia reels
  • Restraint systems
  • Connectors
  • Fall arrest systems
  • Fixed and temporary systems
  • Equipment requirements and limitations for roof work: specific requirements/ suitability
  • Anchorage – propriety devices in consideration with access and applications found on roofs
  • Rescue considerations specific to scope of work on roofs

Course Duration: 1 Day

By the end of the course: Delegates will be able to work safely at height, have a sound theory of the dangers and risks of working on a roof at height and have the practical skills to use the appropriate height safety equipment correctly and safely.

Safe Use and Inspection of Ladders and Step Ladders

Aims: The aim of this course is to inform and instruct nominated persons regarding the statutory examinations required on all ladders and step ladders under the Work at Height Regulations 2005, with regards to the inspection and use of ladders and step ladders.

Key areas:

  • Work at Height Regulations 2005
  • Ground conditions
  • Use of type of ladder
  • Bracing and footing
  • Ladder access
  • Record of ladders and step ladders examination
  • Assessment sheet
  • Practical section

Course Duration: 1/2 Day

By the end of the course: Delegates will take a practical assessment on the inspection and safe use of ladders and step ladders.

Scaffold Safety Inspection

Aims: To enable the delegates to be fully aware of the various types of scaffold, their uses and construction, faults most commonly encountered and to carry out statutory inspections and completion of reports.

Key areas:

  • Applicable legislation, British Standards Code of Practice BS5973 and HSE recommendations
  • Working platforms and their safe working loads
  • Scaffold systems including independent tied scaffolds, system scaffolds and mobile aluminium towers
  • Safe use of ladders
  • Scaffold erection to include the correct use and application of fall arrest equipment during scaffold erection
  • Statutory Inspections and completion of reports also incorporating handover certificates and method statements
  • The inspection of all types of scaffold (independent, putlog, birdcage, mobile and static)

Course Duration: 1/2 Day

By the end of the course: Delegates will be able to understand the requirements of the relevant legislation, identify the safe working loads for working platforms, adopt safe working practice, carry out statutory inspections of all types of scaffolds and correctly select and use fall arrest equipment during scaffold erection.

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