Essentials of Work at Height Risk Assessment

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Working at Height Risk Assessment Training Course

This work at height risk assessment online training course explores how to assess the risks associated with work at height. It takes a look at the associated hazards and provides examples of how to control these risks.

Work at height activities is the single largest cause of workplace deaths and one of the primary reasons for serious injury. Employers and managers have a legal duty to conduct appropriate risk assessments and ensure measures are in place to protect anyone doing this work to an adequate level.

Work at Height Courses Offered by Human Focus

Human Focus offers the following e-learning courses under the work at height toolkit:

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Why this Work at Height Risk Assessment Course is Vital

Working from height is the most frequent cause of major accidents to the workers. It accounts for more than a quarter of fatal accidents and around 8% of non-fatal injuries at work in recent years, according to the Health and Safety Executive (HSE).

Work at height legislation requires that employers assess the risks from height work and go on to plan the work to conduct it safely. They must make conduct work at height risk assessments to ensure that they are properly identifying and controlling the risks involved.

As part of their controls, they must ensure that work is adequately planned, supervised, and conducted by skilled persons. This also involves using the right equipment for working at height. Therefore, this e-learning course provides vital knowledge to the workers working at heights, so they learn how to keep themselves safe at work.

Objectives of this Course

On taking this online course, trainees will get an understanding of:

  • Working at height risk assessments
  • Spotting work at height hazards at work
  • Incorrect work equipment that can cause harm and hazards
  • Risk control measures to minimise risks

Prerequisites

This working at height risk assessment health and safety e-learning course requires no prior subject knowledge or course certification. All that is required is an internet connection and a suitable device.

Course Content

Essentials of Work at Height Risk Assessment

This online course will explain how to identify the hazards and what risk control measures can be taken to reduce and manage the risks of working at height.

Who is this Height Risk Assessment Online Course for

This essentials of work at height risk assessment course is ideal for anyone responsible for conducting work at height risk assessments in the workplace.

Why Choose Human Focus for Working at Height Risk Assessment

Choosing Human Focus for this online programme provides the following benefits to the participants

  • IIRSM-approved
  • Compliant with health and safety regulations
  • High-quality video with voiceover
  • Short yet concise
  • Quizzes to support retention
  • Easy tracking of employee progress

Course Format

  • Format: Fully online
  • Duration: Approximately 12+ minutes in length
  • Knowledge test in the end

Certification

An IIRSM-approved certificate will be issued by Human Focus upon successfully passing the knowledge test

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Frequently Asked Questions

Is a risk assessment required for working at height?

Work at Height Regulations 2005 requires that you being a manager or supervisor of the company take account of your risk assessment in organising and planning the work and identifying the precautions required.

How do you decide if someone is competent to work at height?

As a manager, you must ensure that individuals with adequate skills, knowledge, and expertise are hired to perform the tasks, or are trained under the supervision of someone who is competent to do it.

In low-risk scenarios such as the use of shorter ladders, competence may be assessed by making sure workers have received proper instruction and guidance to use the equipment securely. When a more technical level of competence is required, the exiting employee training is drawn up by the industry to demonstrate competence.

When should high risk work at heights assessments be reviewed?

A risk assessment is a cautious inspection of what in your workplace could cause damage to people or property. Employers are required to assess risks in the workplace, by law. It is recommended to review height risk assessment regularly, such as every six to twelve months.

This will enable companies and their owners to know whether there have been any changes in the workplace that may affect the risk assessment.

What are the key elements to the work at height risk assessment?

There are five primary steps involved in working at height risk assessment:

Step 1: Identifying the Hazards

The first step is to find the hazards at work. It can be done by workplace observations or by getting reviews from the staff members. Certain aspects must be considered while undertaking a heights risk assessment, according to the Work at Height Regulations 2005:

  • The distance and significance of any possible fall
  • The duration of use of work equipment
  • Whether the work equipment is suitable for the work or not

Step 2: Deciding Who Might be Harmed

This step of height risk assessment includes looking at the dangers and recognising who might be harmed. The people at risk might involve a specific group of employees, customers, visitors, young workers.

Step 3: Evaluating the Risks

The third step in working at height risk assessment revolves around evaluating the risks that you have identified whether they are eliminated or not, and what measures can help minimise them. This may include trying less risky options or preventing access to the hazards.

Step 4: Recording the Findings and Implementing Them

Workplaces having more than five employees are required to record their risk findings by law. Keeping a record of your risk assessment is vital, as it ensures that a proper check was made, and employees have considered who might be harmed.

Step 5: Reviewing the Assessment 

The final step in this process is to regularly review your findings and check if they could cause any harm to anyone at work. It is recommended to review your risk assessment process every 6 to 12 months to see if any changes in the workplace can affect the risk assessment.

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