Working at Height

Duration

Minimum of a half day 

Maximum number of candidates = 10 

Aim
To instruct a candidate to understand the risks and legal implications of working at height and the practical measures that should be employed to control them. The training will cover every aspect of height from step ladders to safety harnesses, with Work at Height Regulations 2005 applying to all work where there is a risk of a fall that could cause personal injury. 

Objectives
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.
  • Be able to select suitable work at height equipment.
  • Ability to carry out risk assessments and safety inspections with regards to working at height


Theory
 
What the candidate should know:  

  • Relevant legislation including HSWA, WAH, PUWER, 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
 

Introduction 
Facilities, objectives, health and fitness statement.  

Legislation, standards and guidance 
HSWA, MHSWR, PUWER, WAHR, PPE, CE Markings.

Protection measures 
Safe work at height, avoidance, collective measures, PPE – work restraint, work position and fall arrest. 

Access 
MEWP’S, ladders, scaffold towers.  

Harness, lanyard and fittings 
Harness types, lanyard types, fall distances, fixed vs. adjustable, loops vs. sliders, inertia devices, different connectors. 

Inspections, pre-use checks and maintaining records 
Inspections, examinations, traceability, effect from damage, Inspection Records. 

Usage and anchor points 
Typical anchorage points. 

Risk assessment 

Rescue requirements and options

Course assessment
Individual written tests with explanation of pass requirements. 
Individual practical assessments with explanation of pass requirements.
Failure means applicant will have to re-sit the course on another day.

Certification
Every successful course delegate will get issued a certificate of training.