Working at Height is a high-risk activity, sadly, 40 workers died in the UK last year after accidents involving heights.
Employers are responsible for not only providing the correct access and safety equipment but also for planning, supervising and managing tasks which require workers to work at height and ensuring that workers are sufficiently trained and informed in all methods and tasks required. Employers also must be able to justify working at height, ensuring that if a task can be completed from floor level, workers are not needlessly exposed to risk.
Inclusive Working at Height Course
CRAMS has a number of inclusive courses available for all users to complete, amongst those is the RoSPA & CPD accredited Working at Height Course. The course write-up says that it covers key points from ‘The Health and Safety at Work Act 1974’, ‘The Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999’, and ‘The Work at Height Regulations 2005’. We have completed the course to give you an overview of what it is like. The course is described as a Level 2 course with an end of course assessment which must be completed to receive your certificate.
The course itself is delivered via an e-learning program, once logged in you are given some basic information about using the software. The course is designed so you can stop and start as and when you need to and when you return you can pick up where you left off, without having to restart the course. The introduction plays cheery music whilst showing the learner how to navigate through the course and explains that whilst the learner won’t miss anything if they choose to complete the course in silence, it is recommended they use to narration to guide them through.
Learning by Example…
The learner is then told some facts about Mount Rushmore and the Golden Gate Bridge, a favourite fact was that 400 workers worked on Mount Rushmore over 14 years, without a single fatality, thanks to their simple but methodical approach to safety.
Positive Learning Vibes
The learner is then introduced to health and safety and working at height on a whole. The layout and language create a positive health and safety culture, explaining to the learner that all regulations and guidance are relative to the task and that common sense and knowledge form most of the battle for safe working. The course then takes the learner through the 5 steps of assessing risk and how that applies to working at height.
To Me, To You
The course is interactive, asking questions to the learner through the course rather than saving them all up for the end. The answers the learner gives throughout the course are what make up their assessment which they are awarded a certificate for at the end, as long as they achieve 75%.
The learner is then given knowledge and information regarding working on ladders such as:
- How long ladders are appropriate for
- When to use ladders
- When not to use ladders
- How to use ladders safely
- Alternatives to ladders
- Safety Checks
- Further Considerations
Although the course really only covers the basics, it covers it in such a positive and informative way that it is absorbed by the learner and doesn’t feel patronising or unnecessary.
Competent & Certified
Once the course is completed (along with the few questions that creep up along the way) the learner must complete a short feedback form, scoring the course out of 10 and 5 for various factors, with the option to write a note if desired. Once feedback has been sent, the learner may download their certificate, enabling them to show their competence easily, as a CRAMS user, they will also be reminded in 3 years to log on and complete their refresher.
Further Reading Opportunities
The learner is also offered some further reading on the use of ladders and stepladders with links to a PDF for each from the HSE website, enabling them to continue their learning journey if they so wish.
Quick and Easy Training
The course takes about 10 minutes to complete and by the end, the learner has a good understanding of working at height using ladders and/or stepladders. The course is suitable for workers who occasionally use ladders for light duties, including office staff who may occasionally change lightbulbs or lift stock down from higher shelves. For workers completing more high-risk activities, the course would provide an introduction which could then lead onto some more specific courses relative to their sector.
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