The Benefits Of Work At Height Training

May 18 2017 0comment

The Benefits Of Work At Height Training

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Working at Height Training courses are available all across the UK, designed and delivered by a number of organisations.  Getting the correct working at height training is not just a good idea; it’s a legislative requirement nowadays in the UK under the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974.  The Working at Height Regulations 2005 (WAHR) apply to every single workplace in Britain, placing responsibilities on the employer, the self employed and workers.  The courses are aimed at those whose jobs (or certain roles within those jobs) require them to work at height.  Working at height means any work undertaken where the individual completing a task could be injured by falling – whether from a roof (flat or pitched) a ladder, a work platform, scaffolding or any other type of access equipment that is used.

Undergoing the necessary working at height training has benefits for both the workers and the organisation that employs them. 

Benefits of training for those who work at height

  • You will gain the knowledge, skills and experience that are necessary to select and set up working at heights equipment ready for safe use and operation.
  • You will develop the necessary skills that will enable you to identify risks in the workplace and eliminate or reduce the risk of severe or fatal injuries.
  • You will be able to demonstrate to others that you are taking the necessary steps to meet the requirements under the Health and Safety at Work NI Order 1978 regarding your own duty of care.

Benefits of training for organisations employing those who work at height

  • You are taking proactive measures to manage your claims history by reducing any likelihood of industrial injury claims by your employees and sub contractors.
  • You are taking all necessary steps to comply with the legal and statutory requirements including the Health and Safety at Work NI Order 1978 and the Working at Heights Regulations 2005 NI Order (WAHR).
  • You will strengthen your position when it’s time to renew your employers and public liability insurance.
  • You will be able to set in place safe systems and work and ensure that you get the best performance from plant and equipment.
  • You will be gathering the necessary evidence to satisfy the requirements of third party accreditation bodies like ISO, IIP, Constructionline, Safe-T-Cert and other equivalent organisations.

Working at Height Training is a legal requirement that specifies that businesses and duty holders should:

  • Ensure that any work carried out at height is effectively planned and organised.
  • Ensure that any individual who is involved with working at height is properly trained and competent to do the task at hand in a safe manner.
  • Perform a risk assessment for any work at height planned and from this assessment select the appropriate work equipment to complete the task effectively and safely.
  • Ensure that all equipment that is being used for working at heights is properly maintained and regularly inspected.
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