Work Safely at Heights
National Unit: RIIWHS204D – Work Safely at Heights
Duration: 8 hours
This unit it appropriate for those working in operational roles where they are required to perform work at heights.
Licensing, legislative, regulatory and certification requirements that apply to this unit can vary between states, territories, and Industry sectors.
Your Work at Heights Safely licence (Unit of Competency RIIWHS204A) does not have an expiry date. However, it is important to note the Working at Heights Association (WAHA) and other industry bodies recommend that this training be refreshed every 2 years and this is a site requirement on many worksites.
As per the Work Health and Safety Act and the Work Health Safety Regulations, the person conducting business undertaking (PCBU) for the workplace, has the primary duty of care to ensure that employees and subcontractors are not exposed to health and safety risks whilst undertaking work on the premises.
The person in control of the workplace (PCBU) has specific obligations under the WHS Regulations to manage any fall related risk including the following:
Where reasonably practicable, any work exposed to the risk of a fall be rather done on the ground or a solid construction.
- Provide adequate and safe access to and from the work zone.
- Minimise the risk of a fall by providing a fall protection device (guardrailing or barrier systems), a work positioning system (an adjustable length lanyard and harness system or rope access/abseil system) or a fall arrest system (harness and fixed lanyard system connected to an anchorage).
- Provide adequate instruction and guidance to employees and subcontractors in the safe use and maintenance of safety systems provided.
Workers have a duty of care to ensure they take reasonable care for their own health and safety as well as other persons around them. Workers must comply with guidance and procedures set out by the workplace manager and be responsible in reporting any unsafe situation to the workplace manager.
Many professionals from various disciplines work in the building sector. Construction workers, project managers, construction design co-coordinators, designers (typically architects and engineers), contract managers, commercial managers, planners, quantity surveyors, and estimators are all involved in the design and execution of a construction project. Because the construction industry is always changing, it’s critical to stay current and obtain the necessary credentials. The price of a course is determined by the subject matter of your needs.
Why enroll in a course for working at heights with GTS? We can train and educate you on how to ensure that you have adequate and safe access to and from the work zone. Provide a fall protection device (guard railing or barrier systems), a work positioning system (an adjustable length lanyard and harness system or a rope access/abseil system), or a fall arrest system to reduce the risk of a fall (harness and fixed lanyard system connected to an anchorage). Also, offer proper training and direction to employees and subcontractors on how to use and maintain the safety systems provided. A Gladstone Working at Heights Ticket will assist you in applying for a Working at Heights job and finding a decent and well-paying career in the industry.
To discover more about the cost of the program, and to start preparing to apply for a working at heights ticket with GTS, please contact us directly.
HOW TO WORK AT HEIGHTS SAFELY?
Is working at heights a safety hazard? A height safety engineer must conduct a thorough investigation of the site to establish what fall protection equipment is required to meet an Australian standard code of compliance. They’ll figure out how the relevant rules apply to the specific site and its use.
The hierarchy of control is one of the criteria that determines what type of system should be built. This is a procedure that provides the best practices for removing dangers from the workplace. When dealing with a hazard, it is always preferable to utilize the highest level of control, which is level 1, and that a lower level should only be used when a higher level is not feasible.
The following are the tiers of the control hierarchy:
- Eliminate the risk of a fall by performing work on the ground or on a sturdy structure such as a roof walkway with guardrails and a ladder or stairway.
- Passive fall prevention, such as guardrails, is a type of safety equipment that does not require any modifications after installation.
- Work positioning systems – these are usually rope access systems, such as roof anchors and static lines, that require training to use properly.
- Fall injury prevention systems – these systems are meant to reduce workplace injuries in the case of a fall.
- Ladders and administrative controls – in some cases, ladders aren’t as desirable as other systems, and administrative controls or procedures necessitate meticulous documentation.
Is working at heights the same as fall protection? What is the difference between working at heights vs fall protection? And which one do we need? This is one of the most often asked questions we receive. The following is the best way to explain.
Working at Heights Training often includes fall protection training. Workers who employ fall protection equipment on construction projects must take special precautions when working at height.
Fall Protection Training is more generic than Working at Heights Training, which is more specifically suited to the construction industry. Fall protection training can be tailored to the specific requirements of various sectors.
WHEN IS WORKING AT HEIGHTS TRAINING REQUIRED?
Is working at heights training mandatory? Yes, it is. Understanding the workforce and basic requirements is the first step in working at heights training.
Workers are required to have a training to work at any job site where work is performed at a height of four feet or higher. Workers must be taught in the usage of fall protection devices since falling from a height of less than four feet might result in serious damage.
The following items are included in this category of working at heights safety equipment and accompanying training:
- Mechanisms for preventing falls
- Restraint rails for workers
- Various net and/or work belt restraints are included in fall safety control systems.
Everyone on the job site must be informed of the dangers of working at heights and the necessary training.
Starting with the date of recruitment, the safety policy and working at heights training requirements must be conveyed and reinforced on a regular basis.
This level of communication is necessary to ensure that everyone on the job site is aware of the risks associated with working at heights. Records of initial and refresher training are kept and recorded, and communication includes arranging refresher training reminders.
At every opportunity, it is important to promote a workplace safety culture.
WHAT ARE THE RISKS OF WORKING AT HEIGHTS?
Workers must be trained to conduct a basic assessment at the working site to identify all work at height-related activities.
The first approach is to avoid any heights that are not essential or represent a considerable safety risk whenever possible. Of course, in many cases, this is quite impossible.
Working at heights may be an unavoidable component of your job, depending on the nature of your industry (construction, warehouses, contractors, and so on). Working at heights entails a certain amount of risk.
Falling objects, which could injure anyone on the premises, are a big source of concern.
Before beginning any task that requires working at heights, the employee must first discover and examine the relevant written safety procedures, as well as be thoroughly trained to follow them.
The execution of fall prevention, which includes employees, tools, and materials, is the next key focal category for work at heights safety training.
Workers must be taught in the usage of working at heights harness requirements in this situation. Working at heights without a harness is totally unsafe and not recommended.
The following items are included in this category of working at heights safety equipment and working at heights training:
- systems that prevent people from falling
- restraint systems for travel
- safety nets, work belts, and various sorts of safety belts are examples of fall rest systems
Workplace falls have been responsible for a substantial number of incidents over the years.
Mistakes and occurrences involving workers working at heights have resulted in fatalities and serious injuries. In terms of the financial line, employee morale, and company reputation, this can be extremely costly to the company.
Training standards have recently been shown to lower the number of injuries, and this trend is expected to continue until 2022.
HOW MUCH IS WORKING AT HEIGHTS TICKET?
The average cost of working at heights training Australia wide is $255 – and takes one day to complete. Providers, on the other hand, are free to charge whatever they like for these courses. Supplier’s pricing has ranged from around $180 to $270. How much does working at heights cost in GTS? Pricing can vary depending on the year, economy and Government taxes, so please check with us by contacting us directly as the prices on our website can fluctuate.
Employers who require group training may be eligible for a discount from providers. Group training is frequently more cost-effective and efficient if more than one employee needs to complete their working at heights training.
WHAT IS WORKING AT HEIGHTS REFRESHER COURSE?
Many vendors accept refreshers if you have previously completed the course in person and have a Statement of Attainment. If you’re doubtful, you should consult your provider. To demonstrate that you have re-sat the content, you would pair your original Statement of Attainment with your working at heights refresher training certificate of completion.
DOES WORKING AT HEIGHTS TICKET EXPIRE?
Does your working at heights expire? No, there is no expiry date for the working at heights ticket. Refresher courses, on the other hand, are a good method to stay up to date on the latest safety procedures. Refresher courses also serve to reaffirm what you learnt during your initial training.
We recommend at some point, you complete your working at heights refresher course. It’s a simple method to keep your safety up to date without having to retake the complete full-day training session.
Consider enrolling at our working at heights training course today. Afterwards you’ll have peace of mind as you can begin working at heights safely with the correct advice and proper training.
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