Choosing the Right Safety Harness Training Course
It's really important that those who work at height undertake the right safety harness training courses, especially when you realise that approximately 20% off all fatal accidents in the workplace are related to falls from height. That’s a staggeringly high number and one that needs to be reduced.
Working at Height Courses
There are a wide range of training courses in this category, related to different aspects of working at height. This includes training on the correct use of harnesses, harness maintenance, reporting defects in equipment and emergency procedures if a harness should fail or an incident occur.
Which one(s) are the most relevant depend largely on job role and responsibilities. As a minimum, all those who do work at height need to take a course in the relevant legislation pertaining to this aspect of their role, as well as courses for the specific equipment they use, whether that be harnesses, ladders or scaffolding – or a mix of different types of equipment.
Safety Harness Courses
For those who work specifically with safety harnesses, there are a range of courses to choose from, including:
- Safety Harness - Level 1 (Essentials)
- Safety Harness - Level 2 (Rooftop Safety)
- Safety Harness - Level 3 (Inspection)
- Safety Harness - Level 4 (Rescue)
- Safe Use of a Safety Harness
- Safety Harness Inspection Training
- Safety Harness Use and Inspection of Ladders
- Working at Heights
There are courses available as part of accredited schemes such as IPAF (International Powered Access Federation) and PASMA (Prefabricated Access Suppliers' & Manufacturers' Association Ltd), although there are differences between the two.
Whilst both types of courses cover working at height, IPAF courses are for those who work with powered access equipment, whereas PASMA courses are specifically related to mobile access towers. IPAF do offer a small number of related safety harness courses such as IPAF Harness Awareness with Inspection and IPAF Safety Harness Training.
For anyone looking to book onto any of these courses, it makes the most sense to start at the bottom level and work your way up, unless you have sat the courses previously and they are still valid/you still have recent experience working with the equipment. General courses such as Safe Use of a Safety Harness are beneficial to all working with this equipment, and the Working at Heights course applies to all working at heights.