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Height Safety Training

Height

Work at height means work in any place where, if precautions were not taken, a person could fall a distance liable to cause personal injury. You are working at height if you:

  • work above ground/floor level
  • could fall from an edge, through an opening or fragile surface or
  • could fall from ground level into an opening in a floor or a hole in the ground

Work at height does not include a slip or a trip on the level, as a fall from height has to involve a fall from one level to a lower level, nor does it include walking up and down a permanent staircase in a building.

The law says that ladders can be used for work at height when a risk assessment has shown that using equipment offering a higher level of fall protection is not justified because of the low risk and short duration of use; or there are existing workplace features which cannot be altered.

Short duration is not the deciding factor in establishing whether an activity is acceptable or not – you should have first considered the risk. As a guide, if your task would require staying up a leaning ladder or stepladder for more than 30 minutes at a time, it is recommended that you consider alternative equipment.

You should only use ladders in situations where they can be used safely, eg where the ladder will be level and stable, and where its reasonably practicable to do so, the ladder can be secured.

Our Heights Safety Course Options

Heights Safety Awareness (1/2 Day)

This awareness course is for supervisors, managers or workers who are not required to work at heights, but who are responsible for employees & contractors working at heights on your site.  

If a person conducting a business or undertaking or employer must manage health and safety risks associated with falls by eliminating the risk so far as is reasonably practicable – where they have people working where they can fall from one to level to another, there is a risk of injury, appropriate equipment is to be made available and appropriate training is to be given for the prevention of falls – under the Work Health and Safety Regulation 2011 – Part 4.4 - Falls - REG 78, 79 and 80.

Work safely at heights (1 Day)

This is the course everyone needs to have when they are considered to be working at heights.

Working at heights simply means when a worker can fall from one level to another and sustain an injury as defined in the WHS Act. This course is also the prerequisite for many higher levels of heights training.

Persons who complete working at heights training should complete refresher training at intervals no greater than every 2 years to maintain industry competency levels.

Work safely at heights refresher (1/2 Day)

This is the course everyone needs to have when they are considered to be working at heights.

Working at heights simply means when a worker can fall from one level to another and sustain an injury as defined in the WHS Act. This course is also the prerequisite for many higher levels of heights training.

Persons who complete working at heights training should complete refresher training at intervals no greater than every 2 years to maintain industry competency levels.