The importance of training and accreditation

By Richard Dyson, Safesite General Manager

There are several vital parts of working safely at height, not least ensuring you, and your workers, have the applicable training and accreditation to carry out the work.

Training schemes not only teach you what you need to know to work at height, they are also a great way to demonstrate competence, which is very important when it comes to carrying out work.

Essentially, anyone who accesses a roof to carry out work at height should have suitable training to enable them to perform the task safely.

Specific training for work at height can include, but is not limited to.

•           Specific NVQ qualifications
•           Working at height courses
•           Risk Assessor training
•           PPE selection use and inspection
•           Specific product training
•           Rescue training
•           Safe use of ladders
•           PASMA, for scaffold towers
•           IPAF – powered access

Refresher training should be also be undertaken to ensure you remain competent to undertake the task.

As well as training for individual employees, a similarly important aspect is accreditation from a well-known assessment scheme, such as CHAS, Constructionline or SAFEcontractor. Every aspect of a registered company's performance is vetted, including staff professionalism, training, products and services, environmental impact and health & safety record.

All of this ensures the competency of you and your workers is recognisable to others. According to the HSE, competency is “a combination of the experience, knowledge and appropriate qualifications that enables a worker to identify both the risks arising from a situation and the measures needed to deal with them.”

The Construction (Design and Management) (CDM) regulations, designed to reduce accidents during construction projects, state that clients have a duty to assemble a team of competent professionals and ensure that each of their roles are clear, as well as making sure all involved have the skills, training and expertise to carry out the work.

Having the correct training and accreditation makes confirming competency, and the quality and safety of the overall work, much easier for the client. Generally, it makes work at height safer, which should always be priority.

For more information on training and accreditation, call Safesite on 01293 529977 or use our online contact form.

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