This training course is crucial for those working at heights on roofs or other elevated areas where a height safety system may have been installed.
During the course, participants will learn skills around identification of hazards that may be present when working at heights, state and federal legislation that covers safe work practices, various categories of personal protective equipment that may be used while working at heights as well as that equipment’s limitations.
RIIWHS204D Work Safely at Heights will also teach participants how to inspect equipment before and after use to ensure it maintains working order.
Participants will also learn how to identify suspension trauma, using tools in a safe manner while working at heights, installation of roof safety systems and safe placement of loads on roofs.
RIIWHS204D Work Safely at Heights Dates
Monday, 11 November – 8.00am to 4.30pm
Monday, 26 November – 8.00am to 4.30pm
These dates are for Height Safety Engineers’s public courses only.
If you are an employer or other person conducting a business or undertaking and wish to book a private session for your employees or contractors arrangements can be made by contacting our friendly staff on 1300 884 978 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Working on a roof – any roof – introduces the risk of a fall. A ‘roofer’s kit’ is basic safety equipment that any tradesperson working at heights should have in their truck.
A basic ‘roofer’s kit’ is industry-standard personal protection equipment (PPE) product that is available in a variety of different forms. It is the entry-level amount of equipment that a person should have when working at heights.
Generally, the base components of the kit include a harness, anchor strap, carabiners, a shock absorber and a simple bag to keep it all in. With less that half-a-dozen items, a user can engage with work being conducted at heights using a variety of different safety systems while remaining protected from falls and being compliant with relevant safe work legislation
Height Safety Engineers has numerous team members working at heights every day; I spent two years installing safety systems on roofs myself. There are two main motivators that workers consider while on the job.
The first is “getting it done” and the second is being comfortable. This especially applies when it comes to putting on a harness and setting up fall prevention equipment before embarking on working at heights.
Choosing the best piece of equipment that is comfortable and easy to use, but is also best in class at doing its job, is critical to ensuring that when the scale tips towards “getting it done”, it is still being done safely.
When considering which harness to include in our kit, we first looked at what was required. For a harness to be complaint for working at heights it must be full body (over the shoulders and around the hips, not just one or the other), have both front and rear attachment points and be compliant to Australian Standards (AS/NZS 1891.1:2007 if you want to play along at home).
After careful consideration, Height Safety Engineers chose the Skylotec CS-2. We chose the Skylotec on the basis that it was easy to use, has an ultra-light weight and the high-quality manufacturing.
We include a 15-metre Kernmantle rope with ‘grab’ and triple action carabiner.
Kernmantle comes from the German “kern” (core) and “mantel” (sheath). Meaning the rope is built in a similar manner to a power cord, for example. The core is wrapped in a covering. This offers better abrasion resistance and prolongs the working life of the rope compared to the twisted-poly style rope you might use to tie down the load in your trailer on the way to the tip.
Attached to the rope is the “erogrip”, again from Skylotec. This attachment tethers your shock absorber and harness to the rope whilst working at heights.
The grip offers smooth one-handed operation. It constantly slides along the rope, maintaining positive attachment distance, until called upon to act in the event of a fall.
Height Safety Engineers include two additional carabiners in the ‘roofer’s kit’. Additional carabiners are required to ensure the rope line does not work itself out to a length that exceeds the potential fall distance. To do so would render the entire setup worthless.
Including additional carabiners resolves the issue of a worker mounting a roof and realising they do not have all the equipment with them to safely carry out the work. It means “getting it done” can still be carried out in a safe and compliant manner.
The Anchor Strap
The anchor strap is an additional connector a worker can use to attach to a beam, rafter or other appropriate point on a structure if there is no anchor point system installed.
Ther inclusion of the anchor strap in the kit ensures that it can be used in a variety of working at heights situations, not just at jobs where an anchor point or other height safety system has already been installed.
The Shock Absorber
The shock absorber is the part of the kit that is ultimately responsible for reducing injuries should a worker fall from a roof.
It works in the same manner to a bungee rope, soaking up the initial force generated during a fall so that impact felt by the worker and the structure they are attached to is greatly reduced.
Working in conjunction with a correctly used harness, the force of the fall is further spread across the body of the worker, reducing again the peak force generated on any particular part of their body.
Who Needs a ‘Roofer’s Kit’?
Anyone with the possibility of working on a roof or other raised area should have a kit available at a minimum. A fall from any height can be deadly, and utilising even a basic ‘roofer’s kit’ can help reduce the chance of injury and death.
But just having the kit itself is not enough. Being properly trained in working safely at heights will ensure a worker has the skills and foundational knowledge required to reduce the chances of their having a fall in the first place.
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Height Safety Engineers will be running it’s premier RIIWHS204D Work Safely at Heights training course in both Sydney and Melbourne this October.
RIIWHS204D Work Safely at Heights is a course for anyone that will be working on a roof or other raised area as part of their job. It provides an understanding of how to correctly use fall protection equipment in range of working at heights environments.
This course gives participants the skills to identify the hazards created from working at heights, an understanding of key legislation around safe work methods, introduces the various categories of personal protective equipment used while working at heights plus their limitations.
Participants will also learn how to properly carry out pre- and post-work inspection of equipment to ensure it is kept in full working order.
The course will also cover identification of suspension trauma, safe use of tools and materials while working at height, installing roof safety systems, placing loads of roof surfaces and more.
RIIWHS204D Work Safely at Heights Dates
Monday, 14 October – 8.00am to 4.30pm
Monday, 21 October – 8.00am to 4.00pm
If you cannot make these dates, or are an employer wishing to book a large team, get in touch with our friendly staff by calling 1300 884 978 to discuss organising a private training session with us. Private sessions can be held at our state-of-the art training facilities, or at your site through the use of our mobile simulation trailers.
The RIIWHS204D Work Safely at Heights course looks to provide students with the comprehensive understanding of how to correctly use fall protection equipment in a range of environments. In this course, students will learn to identify the hazards of work at height, understand key legislation, and understand the various categories of personal fall prevention and protection equipment including their characteristics and limitations.
RIIWHS204D Work Safely at Heights Course Dates
Monday, 9 September – 8.00am to 4.30pm
Friday, 27 September – 8.00am to 4.30pm
Monday, 30 September – 8.00am to 4.30pm
Monday, 9 September – 8.00am to 4.00pm
Sydney courses are held in our flagship training facility located at 4 Austool Place, Ingleburn.
Melbourne courses are run at our Victorian satellite training centre at 12 Mareno Road, Tullamarine.
All courses are run by our experienced trainers and successful completion of the course results in acquisition of a nationally-recognised qualification.
RIIWHS204D Work Safely at Heights – $235.00
Discounted rates are available for employers or organisations wishing to enroll a number of students into a single class.
Please call our friendly staff on 1300 884 978 for more information.
Detailed information about contents and statements of attainment that can be gained through completiions of the RIIWHS204D Work Safely at Heights training course are available below.
We offer nationally accredited training courses in working safely at heights, working with asbestos, confined space entry and more. Height Safety Engineers can also tailor a non-accredited course to your company’s needs.
Our courses are delivered in our world class training facilities in Sydney, Melbourne and Dubbo. We can also run courses on your job or work site, making our reach truly nation-wide.
You can find out more about Height Safety Engineers by exploring our website, or call our friendly staff on 1300 884 978 to discuss your training requirements.
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HSE is pleased to announce that their new online course booking system is available to new and existing clients. The first course to be available through this system is the Work Safely at Heights Course (RIIOHS204D). Book online here