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Harness & Fall Arrest Course (IPAF)

Relevant sectors: Applicable to all industries

Minimum of a half day
Maximum number of candidates = 10

Course Aim
To instruct a candidate to safely select and conduct inspections of harnesses and lanyards used for restraint on a Mobile Elevating Work Platform (MEWP) or Mast Climbing Work Platform (MCWP).

At the end of the course the candidate will:
• Understand the relevant health and safety regulations, guidance and standards.
• Be able to identify and select the correct form of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) against falls from height when working from a MEWP or MCWP.
• Understand how to check, use, maintain and store a harness and lanyard in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions.
• Be able to fit and adjust a harness and lanyard.
• Be able to conduct a periodic or an interim inspection on a harness and lanyard used for restraint on a MEWP or MCWP.
• Be able to maintain associated records.

What the candidate should know:
• Relevant legislation including HSWA, PPE, CE marking and EN standards.
• Understand hazard analysis and risk assessment.
• The definition of the three categories for safe work at height to include a look at the loads generated when working with MEWPs.

Course structure
a. Introduction
Facilities, objectives, health and fitness statement. Pre-theory test.
b. Legislation, standards and guidance
HSWA, MHSWR, PUWER, LOLER, WAHR, PPE, CE Markings and how often should you inspect your harness.
c. Hierarchy of fall protection measures
Safe work at height, avoidance, work restraint, work position and fall arrest.
d. Harness systems
MEWPs & Harnesses, IPAF Harness Statement (H1), Boom Type MEWPs, Vertical Type MEWPs
e. Harness, lanyard and fittings
Harness types, lanyard types, fall distances, fixed vs. adjustable, loops vs. sliders, inertia devices, different connectors.
f. Inspections, pre-use checks and maintaining records
Inspections vs. Examinations, Traceability,
Inspections – Harness, Inspections – Lanyard,
Effect from damage, Inspection Records.
g. Fitting and adjustment
Incorrect Fitting, Correct Fitting.
h. Usage and anchor points
Typical anchorage points.
i . Storage and maintenance
j. Risk assessment
k. Rescue requirements and options
l. Course assessment

Individual written tests with explanation of pass requirements.
Individual practical inspection assessments with explanation of pass requirements.

Failure means applicant will have to re-sit the course on another day.
A certificate and not a PAL Card will be issued for candidates who do not have an IPAF Operator/Demonstrator or Instructor licence.

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