Harness Training



Minimum of a half day

Maximum number of candidates = 10


To instruct a candidate to safely select and conduct pre use inspections of harnesses and lanyards used for restraint on a Mobile Elevating Work Platform (MEWP) or Mast Climbing Work Platform (MCWP).


At the end of the course the candidate will:

  • Understand the relevant health and safety regulations, guidance and standards.
  • Be able to identify and select the correct form of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) against falls from height when working from a MEWP or MCWP.
  • Understand how to check, use, maintain and store a harness and lanyard in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions.
  • Be able to fit and adjust a harness and lanyard.
  • Be able to conduct pre use inspections on a harness and lanyard used for restraint on a MEWP or MCWP.
  • Be able to document pre use inspection records.


What the candidate should know:

  • Relevant legislation including HSWA, PPE, CE marking and EN standards.
  • Understand hazard analysis and risk assessment.
  • The definition of the three categories for safe work at height to include a look at the loads generated when working with MEWPs.

Course structure

  1. Introduction
    Facilities, objectives, health and fitness statement.
  2. Legislation, standards and guidance
  3. Hierarchy of fall protection measures
    Safe work at height, avoidance, work restraint, work position and fall arrest.
  4. Harness Systems
    MEWPs & Harnesses, IPAF Harness Statement (H1), Boom Type MEWPs, Vertical Type MEWPs
  5. Harness, lanyard and fittings
    Harness types, lanyard types, fall distances, fixed vs. adjustable, loops vs. sliders, inertia devices, different connectors.
  6. Inspections, pre-use checks and maintaining records
    Inspections vs. Examinations, Traceability, Inspections – Harness, Inspections – Lanyard, Effect from damage, Inspection Records.
  7. Fitting and Adjustment
    Incorrect Fitting, Correct Fitting.
  8. Usage and anchor points
    Typical anchorage points.
  9. Storage and maintenance


  10. Risk assessment


  11. Rescue requirements and options


  12. Course assessment
    Individual written tests with explanation of pass requirements.
    Individual practical inspection assessments with explanation of pass requirements.
    Failure means applicant will have to re-sit the course on another day.
    A certificate of training will be issued for candidates.