In the ‘Training Courses’ series we run over the main training courses available to help Australian Blue collar workers improve their skills, ticket up and get themselves ahead. In each post we include an Overview of the course, Frequently Asked Questions about the course, Occupations that may benefit from the course, Job Opportunities that request the qualification and the details of the courses we offer via our training partners . The aim is to help you stay in the loop, know how to skill up where needed and get yourself into the best position to land jobs and stay in work on major projects and job sites around Australia.
About Working at Heights Courses
A textbook definition of a Working at Heights course would be something like – “Working at Heights courses (also called Work Safely At Heights) have been created to prepare participants for all safety and practical aspects of working at height.”
That’s nice to know, but if you are trying to find out more about a course and whether it will help you land a job or not it is not really that helpful. So below we’ve included a list of Frequently asked questions and listed a handful of job opportunities that we have recently posted to Job Watch, all of which have requested or preferred applicants have completed a Working at Heights course.
FAQ’s for Working at Heights Courses:
- What is the definition of Working at Heights?
There is no longer any strict definition of what is considered to be “working at heights” – the onus is now on both supervisors and workers to minimise the likelihood of a fall from any height.
If you are in charge of workers, (employees or contractors), or are in charge of or own a workplace or building and there is a risk of injury from a fall from one level to another by a worker, then you as the person conducting the business or undertaking (PCBU) must take steps to eliminate or minimise the risk of working at heights. This is specifically covered under part 4.4 of the WHS Regulations.
Falls at the same level (including slips and trips) is covered in the general WHS requirements to eliminate or minimize risk.
- Do you need to have a Working at Heights Course to operate an Elevated Work Platform (EWP); be a passenger in an Elevated Work Platform; or be a safety stand-by for an Elevated Work Platform?
There is no specific regulated “licence” for this, but Industry generally tackles the requirement for “adequate information, training and instruction” and managing risks by using the national competency standards as a benchmark. So the short answer is YES. All work at heights, particularly tasks that require the use of a fall-arrest harness should be performed by someone with a current working at heights certificate of competence.
A safety stand by person also needs to confirm current training that he/she understands the implications, risks and necessary emergency responses to a working at heights incident by holding a current working at heights qualification.
- If I have a Working at Heights Qualification am I qualified to decide on appropriate anchor points for attaching harnesses?
Yes. Fixed or permanent anchor points need to be sign posted showing maximum safe working load, the name of the installer, date of last inspection and the Australian standard it complies with.
All anchor points need to be inspected prior to use, and be able to withstand a load of 15kn (approximately 1500kg), for a single person, and 21kn (approximately 2100kg), if used to anchor two people.
With your Working at Heights qualification you can inspect and determine the soundness of an anchor point prior to use by reviewing the information given and by doing a visual inspection, (if attaching to a structure or if in doubt seek expert advice).
- What am I qualified to do if I have a Working at Heights qualification?
Training in prevention of falls may include:
- Planning work in accordance with legislative requirements, site procedures and manufacturers specifications
- Identifying and controlling hazards in the workplace, including procedures for working near power lines.
- Communication methods.
- Equipment selection and use
- Anchor systems, selecting solid and reliable anchorage
- Fall restraint systems, selection of equipment and correct use
- Work positioning systems, selection of equipment and correct use
- Fall arrest systems
- Using energy absorbing lanyards
- Correct use of ladders and ladder safety training
- Are Working at Heights Qualifications accepted in all Australian states?
Yes, – as long as it’s an accredited training course delivered by a registered training organisation, (RTO).
- Can you do a Working at Heights Course 100% online? If so how does that work?
Yes and No. The first time a person does a Working at Heights course they must spend some face to face time with a trainer to cover all practical training/assessment skills requirements. However, the theory component can be done online.
A Working at Heights refresher course is a bit different, – it can be completed 100% online. (Note: there are checks and balances within the refresher course including updating knowledge and a theory assessment to the latest industry standard, a practical self-assessment and witness declarations or references).
- Once I have completed a Working at Heights course do I have to refresh it? If so how often do I have to do so?
Yes. The “due diligence” requirements of the WHS Act include keeping safety knowledge up-to-date. This helps to make sure skills do not become redundant or lost over time. Although there are no mandated time periods to update your working at heights qualification it has become industry standard to do so every 2 to 2.5 years. Site policies and procedures will determine the exact time frame.
Occupations that Maybe Benefit from a Working at Heights Course Qualification:
- Boilermakers / Welders
- Builders / Carpenters / Formworkers
- Concreters / Bricklayers / Steelfixers
- Crane Operators
- Doggers / Riggers / Scaffolders
- Fitters – Fixed Equipment
- Fitters – Mobile Equipment
- Fixed Plant Operators
- Instrumentation Technicians
- Mobile Plant Operators
- Plumbers / Gas Fitters
- Sheet Metal Workers
- Trades Assistants / Labourers
Examples of Past Job Opportunities that Requested Working at Heights Course Qualifications:
The below list is an example of past job opportunities we have shared via Job Watch that have all required or preferred applicants to have Working at Heights course qualifications.
- EOI Electricians, Instro’s & Tube Fitters – 4:1 FIFO – Wheatstone WA
EOI Riggers – Shutdowns & Capital Projects – WA
Boom Welders – Mine Shutdown – Bowen Basin QLD
100 x Sheet Metal Workers – 23:10 FIFO of Capital Cities
Mechanical Fitters – Shutdowns – WA
Instrumentation Technicians – LNG – Gladstone
Boilermakers – Shutdowns – WA
Electricians – Project Works – WA
Working at Heights Course Details
For full details and prices for each course follow the corresponding links above.
If you have any further question regarding Working at Heights courses or any other courses feel free to get in touch and we will help you out as best we can.
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