Importance of Safety Harness Awareness Training in the Workplace

Posted by Anna Haris on November 5th, 2018

Safety Is a Choice You Make. Each and everyone in an organization holds the responsibility to save the life without serious injuries and accidents. It takes only one error or mistakes to change a regular task in a job to a serious accident. Even small falls from heights are deadly. All employees in a worksite must be trained to protect the employees each and every time they could be exposed to dangers.

Here are ten tips to consider if the employees are safe to work at heights:

1. Use Railing

2. Select the Proper PPE

3. Inspect Your PPE

4. Ensure You Understand Fall Distance

5. Ensure the Selection of Acceptable Anchor Point

6. Ensure You Select the Best Means of Working at Heights

7. Use Ladders Properly

8. Know Your Roofing Regulations

9. Ensure Proper Use of Lifts

10. Train the employees

It is mandatory to take safety harness training courses from any affiliated training institutions to avoid worksite accidents due to lack of proper awareness. There are wide ranges of situations in a worksite needs safety harnesses of different types. The use of safety harnesses, belts, and seats are the methods for workers wanting fall protection, people work in confined spaces, mountain climbers, deer chasers in elevated stands, and cave explorers all try to protect themselves. However, these harnesses can also kill a worker at some time. Harnesses can convert deadly whenever a worker is stayed for a span over five minutes in an upright posture, with the legs loosened straight beneath the body. This occurred many times in different situations to workers.

There are many accidents occurred during the work because of the lack of proper awareness in Harness safety in the workplace or because of the carelessness of the workers. The main difficulty caused by this is known as "suspension trauma” also called  “harness‐induced pathology” or “orthostatic shock while suspended”.

According to Work at Height Regulations 2005 (WAHR) - which explains Work at height as any work in any place where, if there were no precautions taken in place, a person could fall a distance likely to create personal damage or harm. For example, those people are working at height if they:

  • Are working on a flat roof or a ladder without any precautions.

  • Chances to fall through a fragile surface.

  • Chances fall into a crack in a floor or a hole in the ground surface.

This course is to enable delegates to identify and select the correct form of safety harness and lanyard which is applicable to their role in the workplace and be able to examine, control, monitor, implement and use them completely.

The main contents for Harness Awareness course:

  • Introduction to Harness Awareness

  • Harness Varieties

  • Lanyard Varieties

  • Hierarchy Categories

  • Fall Arrest/Work Position/Restraint Systems

  • Safety Inspection & Storage

  • CE & EN Markings

  • Traceability

  • Theoretical Assessment

  • Fitting the Equipment

  • Course Evaluation

After successful completion of a harness awareness course, a worker will be able to act safely in a risky environment like Fall Prevention, Fall Restraint, Fall Protection & Fall Arrest etc in a workplace.  

Anna Haris

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