Four Key Elements Of Fall Arrest Training

Fall arrest training is important for keeping employees safe when they must go into some potentially dangerous situations. Luckily , when completed properly, it effectively reduce the risks for workers to an acceptable level.

Just as significantly it helps corporations comply with rules and regulations relating to workplace safety.

The right fall protection training for your workers should include at least four main elements for it to serve you well. If the training you are considering does not meet all 4 factors, it’s a good idea to look elsewhere.

Here are the four things you must consider when choosing fall protection training:

1. Does the program you are considering involve all the scenarios and skill sets your workers are likely to encounter in the real world?

A number of skills are involved in fall protection, and different skills are necessary for different situations. You need to select for your employees a program that specifically teaches the skills most likely to be encountered in your particular situations. Additionally, hands on experience is required for students to master the skill of themselves in the event of a fall, so the course you choose must involve hands-on experience.

Legal requirements won’t be met if the training in which your company participates isn’t very similar in nature to the real-life situations your employees will face.

2. Are students given enough time with each piece of equipment to get comfortable with the skills involved in using it?

Not everyone learns at the same pace, so the training programme must allow sufficient time with every piece of relevant equipment for even the slowest students to master using it — without wasting everyone’s time training for situations that will never be encountered. For example, repelling in an oil refinery involves a greater variety and intensity of safety training for the responsible person on the job site than putting up signs in front of companies, so the depth of training required for the jobs is different.

Training programs vary significantly in format and duration, so it is important to choose a course that goes deep enough into the subject to effectively train your staff for its purpose.

3. Are your staff kept safe during the training?

As you might be able to imagine, learning to be safe can be a dangerous business. That’s why fall protection training instructors have to conduct the course in a manner that limits risks to students. Since students are probably going to use equipment wrongly or slip during training, instructors must take this into account when planning their courses and training methodology.

Training scenarios should accurately represent real workplace scenarios, but instructors should put measures in place to eliminate risks to students at every turn.

4. Are the trainers qualified to conduct the classes?

Instructors need qualifications as well as experience providing adult education classes to do a fantastic job teaching fall arrest training. It’s not good enough for you to assume that everyone providing a course is qualified to do so. Spend a bit of time to ask about industry certifications & experience before choosing an instructor or company that you will trust with the safety of your staff.

Instructors also need training in assessing students. Simply because they know the skills involved in safety and can convey them well does not necessarily mean they know how to test and evaluate student performance.

When you keep these four main elements in mind as you’re selecting a company to handle your fall arrest training, you’ll be likely to make a better decision concerning which training program to choose. And that means you can sleep better at night knowing your staff are as safe as possible each day.

Frits Van-Daalen is owner of Rope Access Inspections and is passionatelt writes about fall arrest & basic rescue training.

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