Determining which fall protection training course is right for you can be difficult. Luckily, we’ve simplified the decision for you. Learn which training courses are available and which apply to you and your team.
Which fall protection course should I register for?
Registering for a fall protection course is mainly determined by your job title. Do you regularly climb or work at heights 4 feet or higher? If so, you’ll need to take the Authorized Worker course, which is specialized for each workplace and every day fall hazards. Job titles typically include construction workers, crane operators, roofers, etc.
However, if you are a supervisor, director, or other management-level employee, then you’ll need to register for the Competent Person course. The Competent Person course will go in much depth than the Authorized Worker course. As a result, you will gain a better understanding of all aspects of fall protection in order to make the best managerial decisions.
Which Fall Protection Courses Are Available at HySafe?
Authorized Worker (8 Hours)
Authorized Worker training is designed for those who are working at heights and using fall protection equipment on a regular basis. This course will usually include hazard recognition and elimination, regulations, procedures, and hands-on demonstrations.
Competent Person (16 Hours)
Competent Person training is designed for those at a managerial level. OSHA defines a competent person as “one who is capable of identifying existing and predictable hazards in the surroundings or working conditions which are unsanitary, hazardous, or dangerous to employees, and who has authorization to take prompt corrective measures to eliminate them”. Typically, the course will go over everything covered in the authorized worker plus additional topics such as rescue procedures, selecting the right equipment, and equipment inspections.
What does each course review?
- The nature of fall hazards and how to identify them in the workplace.
- Procedures on how to minimize fall hazards.
- Procedures on how to install, inspect, operate, maintain, and disassemble the personal fall protection systems.
- The correct use of equipment such as proper hook-up, anchoring, tie-off techniques, equipment inspection and storage.