Harness and Lanyard Inspection Course

This two-module online training course provides users with an understanding of how to complete fall arrest and fall restraint lanyard and safety harness inspections. The course explores why inspections are necessary and looks at the components of harnesses and lanyards and their pass/fail criteria, before walking users through an actual inspection.

This course comes with two free e-Checklists, which take users step-by-step through the inspection process, while ensuring it is recorded to demonstrate compliance.

The Course Includes:

Comprehensive yet concise explanation

Certificate on completion

Simple login & user access

The latest industry best practice

Learning Outcomes:

Gain an awareness of the importance of regular harness and lanyard inspections

Identify the components of harnesses and lanyards

Learn the pass/fail criteria for harnesses and lanyards

Gain an understanding of how to report the results of inspections

Identify how to handle inspection failures

Understand the steps to a thorough inspection of fall arrest equipment

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About this Harness and Lanyard Inspection Course

This safety harness training is designed to provide users with users with the knowledge they require to conduct harness and lanyard inspections. Anyone who is required to conduct safety harness inspections in the workplace must be suitably competent to do so. This includes having the knowledge and experience to understand the equipment and how it works. It means being able to identify the types of faults that lead to automatic fail, and what to do in such scenarios.

Conducting such inspections is a legal requirement.

Why Is Harness and Lanyard Inspection Course Important?

Some of the most common, and devastating workplace injuries are related to falls from height. In fact, they accounted for some 25% of occupational fatalities over a five-year period, and as much as 8% of non-fatal injuries.

One of the prime causes of such accidents is a failure of equipment, often due to degradation. During it’s lifetime, fall arrest equipment may be exposed to abuse, for instance, from improper use, or excessive loading, which may cause it to fail. It will also see a degree of general wear-and-tear, which may result in edge or surface damage. If equipment is used during a fall, it will become stressed, and lose its effectiveness for future incidents.

Additionally, fallibility is not obvious. Research has demonstrated that there is no clear line between when equipment is safe to use and when it is not. Even a cut as small as 1mm on the edge of a lanyard can result in as much as a 40% loss in strength. So, the safest measure is to scrutinise the equipment we use and scrap any component that we have doubts about.

Course Outline

Two Modules

90+ minutes

This course contains the following modules:

  • Why We Need Inspections
  • Inspection Standards & Guidance
  • Understanding the Equipment
  • Inspection Basics
  • Shock Indicators, Mechanisms & Tags
  • Webbing & Stitching
  • Hardware
  • Rope & Cable Lanyards
  • Final Steps
  • Harness Inspections
  • Fall Restraint Lanyard Inspection
  • Fall Arrest Lanyard Inspection
  • Fall Arrest with Scaffold Hooks Inspections
  • Examples of Fails

Why Choose Harness and Lanyard Inspection Course with Human Focus?

Study any time & in bite-size sessions

Less costly than a classroom training

Discounts on volume purchases

Excellent trainee support

Reduces potential accidents and risk of injury for workers

Improves safety in risk-prone workplaces

Demonstrates compliance with relevant legislation

Free Harness and Lanyard Digital Checklists

This online training course comes with two free e-Checklists which facilitate the inspection of harnesses and lanyards. They are designed to help the responsible person conduct and record their monthly inspections.


  • Easy to use
  • Reduce administration time
  • Ensures inspections are thorough
  • Automatically records and stores for compliance

Note: The e-Checklist licence is free for one year. This offer is for one Harness and Lanyard e-Checklist licence (which includes two e-Checklists) per trainee who completes this course. This e-Checklist licence is for their use and cannot be transferred or shared by other users

Terms and conditions apply – access to this e-Checklist is for 12 months from purchase.

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Harness and Lanyard Inspection
Course Certification

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End of Course Assessment

At the end of the course, users must complete an end of course assessment before earning their certification.

The end of course test is:

  • 100% online
  • Multiple choice

A score of 80% is required to pass the test.

Approved Certification

The downloadable printable certificate approved by IIRSM will be issued instantly on course completion.

What does my certificate include?

The harness and lanyard inspection course certificate includes Trainee’s name, Company name, Course name, Date of completion, Expiry date and name of the approval body.

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Our experts are on hand to assist either via email or phone. They are available Monday to Friday 9 am – 5.30 pm.

Frequently Asked Questions

Anyone who has responsibility for fall arrest equipment or those that work at height should complete a harness and lanyard inspection course. This includes:

  • Safety Officers/Managers
  • Site Supervisors/Foremen
  • Workers Using the Equipment
  • Rescue Team Members
  • Equipment Custodians
  • Training Instructors
  • Equipment Purchasers or Procurement Professionals
  • Employees of Equipment Rental Companies
  • Self-employed Professionals (e.g., window washers, climbers)
  • Maintenance and Repair Professionals

The qualification earned by completing this course has a three-year expiry. However, refresher training should be taken more frequently as required to ensure your risks remain suitably controlled.

By law, employers must demonstrate that they are able to suitably control the hazards of the work they undertake. This includes ensuring that all staff are provided adequate information, instruction and training to understand the risks involved in the work they do and how to prevent harm to themselves or others. If staff are required to use fall arrest equipment, they must be trained to understand and use that equipment.

Harness’ and lanyards do have a recommended service life and will expire. This expiration date is provided by the manufacturer and will vary depending on the type of product. Expiration dates will be found in the product’s documentation and possibly written on the product itself.

It’s important to note that the expiration date is a recommendation, but the actual expiration of the product may be impacted by factors such as:

  • Adverse events: Undue stress caused by a fall can render a product unsafe
  • Context of use: Method of use or work environment can speed the degradation or increase the likelihood of damage
  • Incorrect storage: If fall arrest equipment is stored incorrectly it can also impact the expiry date

This Harness and Lanyard inspection course is approximately 90 minutes in length. Note that the actual duration of the course will vary depending on the user’s internet speed, device and the length of time required to complete assessments. The course comprises two modules and one end test.

The first module of the course guides users through inspection guidelines, equipment, and procedures. The second module takes the user through an inspection step by step. The end assessment reviews key content covered throughout the course.

You can contact our sales team to arrange a free demo to see the Human Focus system in action and get an introduction to the training programme.