Height Safety Training & Competency

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Understanding Competency

Users of fall arrest equipment and all people undertaking tasks associated with harness-based work at height shall be trained to Unit Standards NZQA 17600, NZQA 15757, NZQA 23229 and assessed in accordance with the requirements set out below.

(A)   Training and competency assessment shall be conducted at five levels as follows:-

i.            Height Safety Theory: All people falling under the competency classifications noted here shall undergo training in height safety theory to a standard equal to that of a nationally accredited general height safety course for Operators.

ii.            Height Safety Operator: Operators at this level how are required to perform harness based work at heights shall be trained and assessed in a nationally accredited general height safety course, or a course of equal standard, to a level of competence where they can work under a supervisor. Such training and assessment shall take into account the type of work to be conducted, the structure(s) on which they work, the fall protection equipment they are to use and first response rescue methods.

iii.            Height Safety Supervisor: Supervisors shall be assessed as competent if they can demonstrate competence in the work requirements of item (ii) and in addition, can demonstrate their ability to work unsupervised, to supervise on the job, entry level and other operators when performing harness based work at height and to participate in first response rescue.

iv.            Height Safety Equipment Inspector: People to be designated as equipment inspectors shall be trained and assessed in height safety theory, see item (i) , and in the identification and assessment of all defects that may occur on any equipment they may be required to inspect. This includes application of the manufacturers’ recommendations where they exist for particular items of equipment.

v.            Height Safety Manager: The category of height safety manager shall apply to people who may have tasks associated with harness based work at heights, which include but are not necessarily limited to people who;

  1. Are responsible for the management and administration of people performing harness-based work at heights;
  2. Design infrastructure upon which people may be exposed to a fall-from-height risk or equipment that may be used while working at heights;
  3. Make decisions about the suitability of equipment when purchasing or specifying for a purpose, equipment (such as tools and personal protective equipment) that may be required for use in areas where fall-from-height risks exist; or
  4. Participate in safe work practice development for harness based work at heights.

The training and assessment of height safety managers shall include where appropriate, additional height safety theory, the technical skills specific to their work and risk and systems management. Note; Retailers, resellers and the providers of hire equipment should be aware of any duty of care they may be required to observe when supplying equipment covered by the AS/NZS 1891 series of Standards directly or indirectly to operators, by encouraging those operators to acquaint themselves with height safety theory.

(B)   Competency reassessment; all competencies shall be reassessed at appropriate interviews

(C)   Records of training and competency; Records shall be kept for each person who has been trained and assessed as competent. They level of competence achieved shall be recorded.



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