Competence Courses

3 Cs copyThese courses support delegates in becoming competent to install or use equipment covered by the course. They all follow Higher Safety’s “3Cs” structure for comfirming fitness for purpose, Compliant Product, Competent Use, and Comprehensive Maintenance.  The course will include as much practical training as the time and facilities allow, along with the introduction to any rescue requirements relevant to the application. If time and facilities permit, practical rescue training can be included within the course.

Competence includes knowledge, and an understanding of the risks involved in the installation or use of the equipment. Competence also includes the ability to recognise limitations and to take appropriate action, and it is improved and developed with experience. These courses develop knowledge, and explain the risks, limitations, and the appropriate actions. Experience must also be gained for competence to be developed.

IPAF MEWP competence.

We can arrange to deliver all the IPAF Powered Access Licence MEWP competence courses, either at your own facility, or at a training centre local to you. The courses can be run as an “in-company” course for your own team of delegates, or your delegates can join open courses locally. All the IPAF categories are available, along with IPAF MEWPS for mangers, and the PAL+ course for the use of ‘cherry pickers’ within confined steelwork.

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PASMA competence.

We can arrange to deliver PASMA courses, covering the use of aluminium towers, either at a local training centre or at your own site/facility. The course will include both the “3T” method and the use of advanced guard rails. The course can be run as an “in-company” course limited to your own delegates, or your staff can join an open course running at one of the local training centres.

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System Edge Protection Installation.

A half day course on the key parts of EN 13374 and the EPF code of practice covering the installation of generic edge protection systems. The course looks at the need for safe access to the work area and the other height safety hazards associated with edge protection installation. It looks at the common elements within the majority of current system products, and some of the specific differences. The course can have a specific system Practical Module attached to confer  product competence. Practical elements are built into the course as facilities and equipment allow.

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Safety Net and Catch Fan Installation.

A half day course covering the assembly and installation of safety net fans and catch fans, by Combisafe or Tammet Systems. The course covers EN 1263, safe access to the work area, assembly methods and installation methods, inspection and testing. As much practical experience is built into the course as the facilities permit. A significant assembly area is required (typically 7m x 7m) and if lifting equipment can be made available, a number of completed fans can be erected during the training.

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General Harness and Lanyard use.

A half day introduction to the selection, inspection, and use of personal fall protection equipment (PFPE) from the end users perspective. This course covers what to use as an anchor, and can include the use of specific anchor devices such as Alsipercha (hangman), Latchway cable systems, or other anchorage solutions to EN 795. The need for site based rescue is also included, and practical rescue training can be added to the course if facililites allow.

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Cladding System Installation.

A half day course covering the installation of various panel cladding systems from within the building. This course is adjusted to suit the specifics of a given site/system. It covers the un-clad condition, the temporary arrangements for access to install cleats, various methods of launching and lifting panels, and the hazards and issues associated with panel installation. It includes the selection and use of harnesses and lanyards, running lines, inertia blocks, edge protection and also includes access limits and demarcation issues. It is aimed at all who install system cladding panels from within the building.

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Harness, Lanyard, and Alsipercha.

This course is aimed at concrete frame contractors using Alsipercha (Hangman) for decking and edge protection installation. It covers the harness and lanyard basics, and the use of the Alsipercha as the anchor point. The half day course is aimed at those who are already competent in the use of a harness and lanyard, the full day includes general harness and lanyard training. The course covers the installation of the conical tube, the installation and use of the Alsipercha, and inspection and rescue requirements.

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Using Permanent Horizontal Flexible Anchorage Lines.

This is a half day course aimed at all who use permanent anchorage lines for roof access or crane rail inspection. It covers the harness and lanyard basics, the various permanent anchorage line systems, access and egress, what to look out for, and the selection and use of the appropriate lanyard/connection. It is relevant to users of all permanent horizontal flexible anchorage lines to EN 795 Class C, and is not limited to any specific installed system.

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Leading Edge Safety using Running Lines (Restraint Systems).

This is a half day competence course for all who work on leading edges or the perimeter of buildings using running lines. The course covers many work applications on the edge of roofs and open floors, for which temporary arrangements must be made to prevent falls. It covers the selection and installation of personal fall prevention solutions or Restraint systems. The course looks at the common elements within a number of applications and some of the limitations. The course can include specific equipment arrangements that may already be in use by the Client. Practical elements can be built into the course as facilities and equipment allow

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Loading and Unloading trailers/vehicles.

This course is aimed at all who work on the back of trailers and vehicles at risk of a fall. It covers how to use the range of solutions available, and what to look out for in each case. It is aimed at slinger/banksmen, drivers, and all who need to access loads. It covers a hierarchical look at the range of solutions, and many of the common issues relating to the set up and use of loading and unloading arrangements.

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Harness and Lanyard in Scaffolding.

This is a competence course aimed at scaffolders and those who select and specify personal fall protective equipment (harnesses and lanyards) for scaffolders. It covers much of SG4:10 and the alternative options for advanced guard rails or step up solutions. It also looks at the benefits of specific harness and lanyard combinations, and a range of rescue options and alternatives. If the training facilities permit, a practical demonstration element can be built into the course.

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