Height Safety, Fall Prevention Awareness and Rescue Procedures

HEIGHT SAFETY, FALL PREVENTION AWARENESS AND RESCUE PROCEDURES PROGRAM

DESCRIPTION

The program challenges participants to establish effective systems of work in the planning phase and also the need to plan for applicable risk management, fall prevention systems, escape and recovery procedures.

It is designed for workers working unsupervised or supervising others at heights in the working environment.

This program is designed to meet the requirements of height safety legislation including the actions in an emergency and the recovery of workers in fall arrest. The course will be customised to include site specific procedures and equipment in the planning phase.

APPLICATION

The aim of this course is to provide participants with the knowledge and skills to identify hazards associated with heights, implement safe work procedures and perform rapid evacuation of persons from workplaces at heights.

DURATION

1-2 days (depending on experience)

UNITS OF COMPETENCY

  • RIIWHS204D Work safely at heights
  • MSMWHS110 Follow emergency response procedures 

COURSE CONTENT

  • Legislation and responsibilities
  • Selection, use, maintenance & storage of height safety equipment
  • Circumstances that warrant the establishment of height safety systems
  • Inspection and correct fitting of harnesses
  • Categories of height safety systems - passive, active, fall arrest/restraint
  • Hazard identification and risk assessment
  • Practical application of height safety risk control measures applying the hierarchy of controls
  • Height safety ABC's
  • Correct application of knots and slings
  • Anchorages and fastening points
  • Suspension trauma
  • Consideration of rescue and recovery of workers in fall arrest
  • Fall arrest equipment and techniques
  • Escape equipment and techniques
  • Servicing and maintenance of equipment
PRE-REQUISITES

This program has no formal pre-requisites. However, participants must be able to sufficiently fit and wear a harness and be suspended off a height safety system. Participants should ensure they do not suffer from vertigo (dizziness at heights) or acrophobia (fear of heights).

ASSESSMENT

Assessment is conducted by Risk Re- sponse + Rescue using evidence of skills and knowledge obtained throughout the program.

CERTIFICATION

A Statement of Attainment listing individual units of competency will be issued to participants upon successful completion.

MAX COURSE SIZE

8 participants

COMPLIANCE

  • Relevant State or Territory Workplace Health and Safety Regulations
  • AS/NZS 1891 Industrial Fall Arrest Systems and Devices
  • AS/NZS ISO 31000-2009 Risk Management
  • AS/NZS 4488 Industrial Rope Access Systems
  • AS/NZS 1576 Scaffolding
  • National Code of Practice 2008 Prevention of Falls in General Construction
  • Work Cover Publications