Height Safety Training
NCEA TRaining for Workers at Height: training Partnerships to keep NZ safely up where we belong.
PBI Height Safety works closely with NZQA accredited and innovative nationwide safety training companies that provide a range of courses in occupational health and safety. Whether you are an individual or a large corporation, training is essential. Training is in alignment with the latest changes in government health and safety policies. The course objective is provide participants with the knowledge and awareness of hazards at height, set-up requirements and the impact that appropriate fall arrest systems have on improving workplace safety.
Training sessions related to care and maintenance should be held at regular intervals depending on the nature of the work, and users should hold the relevant Unit Standards qualifications to enable them to work at heights using height safety systems and PPE. Frequent training sessions are more appropriate for an employer with a transient work force than for an employer with a mature stable work force. Contractors and Sub-Contractors are also required to be trained.
EN, AS/NZS, OHS and OSHA standards require that training is given by a competent, accredited person or training organisation. The user is responsible to be qualified for work at height, ensuring that he/she knows how to properly inspect, use, store and maintain the equipment.
PBI Height Safety has strategic training partnerships, and recommends with the following NZQA accredited training providers;
- Vertical Horizonz Group, New Zealand, Australia & Middle East www.verticalhorizonz.com
- Safety N Action, New Zealand, www.safetynaction.co.nz
General Training Requirements for Work at Height
All harness work requires training and competence and only trained and competent personnel can install and use harness systems on site. Persons not trained should be inducted by the system installer, height safety manager or other qualified persons before they are permitted to use the system. They should also be supervised at all times by another person who is also trained and competent.
For workers who are to complete basic work while under total restraint, a recommended means of achieving competence is NZQA Unit Standard 23229 – Use a safety harness for personal fall prevention when working at height, or an equivalent or higher qualification.
A recommended means of obtaining competence for workers who are involved in planning, installing, operating fall arrest systems and supervising staff is NZQA Unit Standard 15757 – Use, install and disestablish proprietary fall arrest systems when working at height or an equivalent or higher level of qualification. NZQA Unit Standard 23229 is a prerequisite for achieving NZQA Unit Standard 15757.
Competency to a level required for the work type is also important.
Refer also; What is Competency?
An Advanced Height Safety course has been designed to give trainees both the theoretical and practical knowledge and awareness of height specific hazards and responsibilities. These include;
- Hazards Associated with Different Height Work (e.g. EWPs, Roofers, Scaffolders, Window Cleaners, Construction/Builders, Maintenance Workers and Inspectors)
- Hierarchy of Fall Arrest and Fall Restraint
- Fall Distances vs Forces Exerted on the Body
- Suspension Trauma
- Isolation of Height Hazards vs Minimisation
- Selecting appropriate PPE
- Establishing and disestablishing Anchors
- Health & Safety in Employment Act, Regulations & Amendments (2002), Current Best Practise Guidelines for Working at Height in NZ, and their impact on the height safety industry
For more information on legislation and guidelines, download the 'Best Practice for Working at Height in New Zealand' here.
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