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Safety Harness Awareness


Whether climbing a one storey ladder or skyscraper rooftop, safety harnesses are an essential piece of kit when working at height. Falls from height are the most significant cause of fatality and injury in the UK workplace, but this need not be the case with rigorous, quality training in safety equipment, procedures, and actions for anyone working at or near heights.

This Citrus Safety Harness Awareness qualification provides the knowledge and skills to use a safety harness, from selecting the correct harness and lanyard combination to risk assessment and operation.

Delegates will receive training in the various legislation associated with work at height and a background in the different additional pieces of lifting equipment available to aid safety and prevent accidents. 

Course Outline

With a mix of practical and theory-based exercises and tutorials, delegates will cover the requirements of safety harness selection, operation and all emergency measures. In addition, the course gives hands-on training on various types of harnesses and protection expected for use within lifting operations and the pre-use checks that must happen. 

The course reflects national standards and industry best practices and is fully accredited in line with regulations. In addition, choose to learn with Citrus, and delegates benefit from our custom-built training facilities and customer-first approach.

Our occupationally and technically-experienced trainers coach delegates on this course, completing the session with a practical observation and theory examination. Delegates must complete all assessments to pass this qualification. 

Course Programme

This half-day training is a mixture of classroom-based discussion and practical demonstrations focusing on safety harnesses and associated equipment that may be used safely on-site. 

Delegates will review legal requirements, ensure safety compliance and inspections, and understand procedures, appropriate documentation and classifications.

The course content includes: 

  • Legislation applicable to safety harness use. Namely Working at Height 2005 regulations
  • How to carry out a risk assessment and application of hierarchy 
  • Methods of collective and individual protection 
  • How to eliminate the risk of falling 
  • Methods to reduce the risk of falling 
  • How to minimise the consequences of a fall 
  • Team member competency 
  • Anchor points and how to place them
  • Harness and lanyard types 
  • Storage, care and maintenance of equipment 
  • Pre-use inspections of safety harnesses and lanyards 
  • Defect reporting procedures
  • Emergency arrangements - actions, contacts, procedures

Assessment consists of a short written assessment and practical exercises to demonstrate competency.

On Completion

At the end of the training, successful delegates will:

  • Understand the relevant legislation and apply it to their safety harness knowledge
  • Apply the "avoidance hierarchy of control"
  • Understand the need to inspect working at height equipment
  • Consider and implement care, maintenance, certification and record-keeping of the safety harness equipment
  • Understand the need for suitable emergency arrangements
  • Manage the safe use of equipment associated with working at heigh

On successfully completing the course, delegates receive a Citrus Certificate of Competence, valid for three years.

Who Should Attend?

This Citrus Safety Harness Awareness training course is for anyone whose role includes working at heights or who needs to wear a harness within their role. Managers and supervisors who oversee work will also benefit, enabling them to ensure staff are working appropriately.

Course Duration

This comprehensive half-day training provides the knowledge delegates need to use a safety harness.

Why Citrus?

We dedicate our efforts to unrivalled quality and the customer experience at Citrus Training, providing exemplary service to our clients and producing excellent results from our delegates. As a result, we are the leading UK-based provider of health, safety, and technical training and assessment services to the Built Environment and Utility sectors. 

To ensure we are always at the forefront of the industry, we take strategic input from impartial experts to identify risks and provide practical solutions to high-risk, high harm environments such as Working At Heights. Their professional advice, combined with our in-house expertise, means we can give hyper-detailed content on everything delegates need to know, including PPE and equipment, inspections, and servicing.

Train with Citrus and delegates benefit from our in-house and employed Working at Heights specialist trainers, offering the very best training standards, consistency, and quality. Our professional, highly qualified instructors deliver all aspects of the course and guarantee a successful, exclusive and inclusive learning experience. 

Employers and delegates can choose from dedicated courses to suit customer-specific requirements, locations, and dates. As a result, we’ve successfully delivered training for over 20,000 delegates across the Working at Heights training category.

Things You Need to Know

No previous knowledge or experience of safety harnesses is required to take this course. 

The training has practical elements, so delegates must inform their trainer if they have any serious health issues, physical problems, special considerations or are taking any medication, which may create difficulties in any elements of this course. In addition, delegates should also bring suitable PPE on the day of training, for example, safety helmets, safety shoes or boots, hi-vis and gloves.

For training held at your own location, please ensure that the classroom you make available has a 240v power supply and is a suitable size for the number of delegates attending. In addition, please ensure that the practical area has been risk assessed, is free from harm and is suitable for training. A suitable scaffold should also be available for the practical exercise. 

Popular FAQ's

Yes - delegates need to have a good understanding of the English language to take the course.

No, but there are practical elements, so delegates must inform their trainer if there is anything they need to consider before starting the course.

Yes, you need to bring your own PPE for the course. You will receive joining instructions with your booking confirmation with full details.

Yes, the course includes both theory and practical training and testing.

Yes, it can as long as the site meets the standard requirements.

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