Height Safety Training: What You Need to Know

Height safety training equips your team with the skills and confidence to complete a job safely and efficiently. Everybody involved in a work at height task, including those supervising, should receive training and regular refresher courses.

Failing to provide appropriate height safety training could put your team in danger and leave you with a hefty fine if an incident occurs. Both the Health & Safety at Work Act 1974 and the Working at Height Regulations 2005 state that work at height training is essential. Height safety training will safeguard your workforce, protect project deadlines and ensure you don’t end up on the wrong side of the law.

 

The benefits of height safety training

 

-         Recognizing hazards

Being height safety savvy means understanding the hazards at play. Training gives your team the ability to recognise hazards and take steps to eliminate or reduce the risks.

 

-         Equipment know-how

Knowing how to select, use and inspect equipment correctly is vital when working at height. Using the wrong safety gear or incorrect use of equipment can cause accidents. Training also instructs workers how to fit Personal Fall Protect Equipment (PFPE) comfortably.  Well-fitting equipment is a must if you want your team to stay compliant.

 

-         Confidence

Lack of confidence can make employees anxious. Equipping your team with the right skills for the job ensures they have the confidence to carry out a job safely. Investing in high quality training also shows your team that you are attentive to their wellbeing and safety.

 

Who needs work at height training?

Anyone involved in work at height tasks needs height safety training. This includes supervisors who may not have direct exposure to risks, but are part of the planning process.

Remember, ‘work at height’ includes any work task where there is a risk of a fall liable to cause personal injury. It’s important not to restrict training to those working very high up: it could also apply to those at ground level or even below.

 

What type of height safety training?

An Introduction to Working at Height course and PFPE Selection, Use and Inspection training are a great starting point for your team. For more specialised tasks, additional training may be necessary.  This could include: Mobile Scaffold Tower Training, a Ladder & Step Safe Use & Inspection Course, Rescue Training or Industrial Rope Access Training.

 

Refresher courses and top ups

Keep safety front of mind by updating your training regularly. As well as refreshing skills and understanding, top-up courses ensure workers stay up-to-date with new equipment and procedures.

 

At HITEGEAR, our training courses are engaging, interactive and comprehensive. You’ll have peace of mind that your team is fully prepared for the job. We offer introductory courses as well as specialised training either at our training HQ in Hertfordshire or on your site.

Contact us today or talk to a member of the HITEGEAR team about your requirements on: 0333 234 1801.