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Working at Height Including the Safe Use of Harnesses & Ladders


Working at height is naturally a high-risk activity, which workers must never take lightly. With the addition of accessories and various types of access equipment and towers, extensive, high-quality training for operatives, supervisors, and managers alike is essential to ensure everyone is safe working at height.

This Citrus Working at Height inc. Safe Use of Harnesses and Ladders qualification provides those working in management the knowledge and competency to ensure safe working and compliance with Working at Height 2005 and any other relevant legislation that dictates safe working practices.

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

Course Outline

Through practical and theory-based exercises and tutorials, delegates will cover compliance with relevant legal obligations associated with managing working at height. In addition, the course includes the checks a Permit Issuer makes to issue a permit, such as work team competencies, equipment, emergency arrangements and methods of communication. Finally, they will look at the correct procedures and steps involved in the issue of a Working at Height Permit and when the Issuer may refuse issue. 

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, through professional discussion and group participation, with a desktop exercise and short written assessment on completion.

Course Programme

This half-day training is a theoretical and practical assessment focusing on working at height with harnesses and ladders.

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

The course content includes: 

  • Legislation including Permit to Work systems - Working at Height 2005 
  • Overview of working at height requirements 
  • Working near fragile surfaces using ladders and harnesses
  • Competency levels for anyone working at height 
  • Collective and individual methods of control 
  • Types of equipment used for safe working at height, including safety harnesses
  • Elimination of falling object risk 
  • Risk assessment and hierarchy of control
  • Strategies to reduce the risk of a fall, including harnesses and safety equipment 
  • Ways to minimise the consequences of a fall 
  • Emergency arrangements and contacts
  • Pre-use equipment inspections (inc. ladders and harnesses) 
  • Suitable PPE - selection and use

Assessment consists of a short written assessment paper and desktop exercise.

On Completion

At the end of the training, successful delegates will:  

  • Show an appropriate understanding of Working at Height 2005 
  • Understand the "avoidance hierarchy of control". 
  • Outline levels of team competence and supervision, including ladder and harness use
  • Develop appropriate safe systems of work 
  • Consider the protection of others affected by the work activity 
  • Understand the importance of workplace and equipment inspection, including care, maintenance, certification and record-keeping 
  • Adopt appropriate safety arrangements following the regulation schedules for mobile aluminium towers (MATS), scaffolds and mobile elevating working platforms (MEWPS)    
  • Plan and organise work and make emergency arrangements
  • Ensure the safe use of equipment associated with working at height

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

Who Should Attend?

This Citrus Working at Height inc. Safe use of Harnesses and Ladders training course is for  anyone whos role includes working at heights.

It is also suitable for Managers and Supervisors who oversee working at height operations within their organisation and have the responsibility to ensure staff are working appropriately.

Course Duration

A comprehensive half-day training, this course gives delegates the knowledge and competency of working at height with the safe use of harnesses and ladders.

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

While previous knowledge isn’t mandatory, this training will benefit those who have some existing working at height working or management knowledge and experience. 

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.  

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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