IPAF Harness Training

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This half day IPAF course is to instruct the users of harnesses within MEWP’s including inspection, correct selection and fitting.

DURATION:

Minimum of half a day

COURSE ENTRY CRITERIA

As the assembly and use of MEWPs can be physically demanding, users should be physically fit and in good health and should, generally, not have problems with eyesight or hearing, heart disease, high blood pressure, epilepsy, fear of heights/vertigo, giddiness/difficulty with balance, impaired limb function, alcohol or drug dependence or psychiatric illness.

If you have any problems with literacy or language comprehension, or have any doubts about your fitness to use MEWPs, you must bring them to the attention of your employer. This need not preclude you from using MEWPs, provided your employer conducts an assessment and is able to put into place adequate measures to take account of any difficulties you may have.

AIM

To instruct a user to select, inspect and use a harness and associated equipment safely when using a MEWP.

OBJECTIVES

At the end of the course the candidate will:

Understand the relevant Health and Safety Regulations, Guidance and Standards.

Be able to identify and select the correct form of Personnel Protection Equipment (PPE) against falls from height when working from a MEWP.

Understand how to check use, maintain and store a harness and lanyard.

Be able to fit and adjust a harness and lanyard.

THEORY

The candidate should:

Know the relevant legislation including: HSWA, PPE, CE marking and EN standards.

Understand hazard analysis and risk assessment.

The definition of the three categories for safe work at height to include a look at the loads generated when working with MEWPS.

THE PROGRAMME WILL CONSIST OF THE FOLLOWING SUBJECTS

1. INTRODUCTION

Facilities, Objectives, Health and Fitness Statement.

2. LEGISLATION, STANDARDS AND GUIDANCE

HSWA 1974, MHSWR 1974, PUWER 1998, LOLER 1998, WAHR 2005, PPE 2002, CHSWR, CE Markings, and How often should you inspect your harness.

3. HIERARCHY OF FALL PROTECTION MEASURES

Safe work at height, Avoidance, Work Restraint, Work Position and Fall Arrest.

4. IPAF HARNESS STATEMENT

5. HARNESS, LANYARD AND FITTINGS

Harness Types, Lanyard Types, Fall Factors, Fixed vs. Adjustable, Loops vs. Sliders, Inertia Devices, Different Connects, Captive Webbing.

6. PRE-USE CHECKS (INCLUDES A PRACTICAL EXERCISE

How to do Pre-use checks and Fitting, and Typical Anchorage Points.

7. USAGE AND ANCHOR POINTS

Typical Anchorage Points.

8. STORAGE AND MAINTENANCE

9. HAZARDS AND PRECAUTIONS

10. RESCUE REQUIREMENTS AND OPTIONS

11. THEORY TEST

Individual written tests with explanation of pass requirements.

Failure means applicant will have to re-sit the course on another day.

12. LICENCE RENEWAL

A harness renewal course can be carried out on the same day together with an operator renewal course with the question paper and practical. If not being carried out in conjunction with an operator renewal course, the harness renewal course takes half a day, with a maximum of 12 candidates.

Note: Persons trained by the IPAF instructors to the levels set out above are capable of day to day inspection of their equipment, as well as selection and use. However, these people are not considered to be competent persons for the purposes of mandatory periodic inspections. If they or their company require this service we recommend that firstly they can approach their IPAF trainer who could provide the service to them. If they are unable to accept this option and require the status of competent person then they require additional training.

A certificate and not a PAL card will be issued for candidates who don’t have an IPAF Operator/ Demonstrator or Instructor licence.

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