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On Course for Safe Working at Height

Although the message seems to be getting through slowly but surely about work at height training, the has been no recognisable reduction in the number of accidents as a result of a fall from height in the last few years. A fact which could call into question the quality of work at height training on offer.

It is no good to simply enrol a member of staff onto a work at height course and hope that the training provider will cover all the essential topics specific to that particular persons requirements. A little research on the part of the customer beforehand can reveal whether the training company are professional in their approach to instructing delegates on how to find and develop solutions to safety problems associated with working at height.  Even training providers who provide accredited courses such as IPAF and PASMA can improve their service by talking to their customers to discuss the most suitable training programme and if need be add to the courses provided. A contractor may require a PASMA qualification just in order to be allowed on site but unless the trainer actually listens to him he will not pick up on individual needs. For example, everyone has different learning styles, some auditory, some visual etc. The PASMA example above is a classic - there is a classroom full of people, some of whom don't want to be there but are made to go by their employers in order to be allowed on site. They may only use mobile scaffold towers for a very small part of the working day and instead use scissor lifts and cherry pickers. Unless the trainer engages with the candidates, he will not get the message across. What's more, at the end of the day they may well get their PASMA card but an extra and possibly more relevant training opportunity (IPAF) will have been missed.

As well as the trainers themselves, the admin staff in training organisations have a very important role to play as well. From discussing the requirements over the phone, they must make a judgement as to the most cost effective and beneficial course to suggest. In many cases this is not always the case and companies can waste time and money doing training that is neither relevant nor recognised.

It is certainly worth taking the time to research your work at height training provider to establish their credentials. They should be members of professional organisations such as PASMA, IPAF, The Ladder Association. They should employ professional instructors who are able to provide evidence of their qualifications. There should also be someone on hand who has practical experience to offer advice and guidance to customers who are looking to place delegates on courses.

In addition to IPAF and PASMA, TRADE-SKILLS offer a range of in-house courses and can tailor a bespoke course to exactly match customer's requirements.

Please click here to view our IPAF Training courses

Please click here to view our PASMA Training courses

posted on: 28 Mar 2011

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