The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) requires any workers and supervisors who perform job duties at specific heights to take a course before starting the job. Courses are available online, at training centers, and on-site. All meet the minimum criteria for an approved course and will help keep workers safe. They will also keep the company in compliance with the OSHA regulation.
A course online may be fine for an experienced worker who needs a refresher. It is important to review the basics periodically, especially if there have been no incidents or near-accidents in the workplace. That is wonderful, but can make people forget protocols and procedures. Since the workers have already been through a complete class, this is a cost-effective and quick way to present the information.
A work at height course conducted at a training center is ideal for new employees or those who are moving into a different department that requires height work because the hands-on practice is essential for safety. Selecting the correct personal protection equipment (PPE), learning how to use it correctly, and maneuvering on access systems has to be experienced and demonstrated for the information to be helpful. It also provides a range of access systems and the steps to use each efficiently.
Investing the time and money to have certified instructors conduct this type of course on-site is wise, proactive, and more cost-effective than sending many employees to a training center throughout the year. The course will be tailored to the specific job duties and height safety equipment used by the company. The increase in relevancy allows each employee to get the maximum benefit from the course.
It also provides an opportunity for the instructor to view the environment and make any recommendations for alternative procedures. It is possible that mobile elevating work platforms will be safer and more efficient than the aluminum mobile towers now being used. If any employees are having trouble with a particular access system, the instructor can address the issue and help solve the problem.
Employees are the backbone of any company. An investment in their safety and comfort levels will be fully returned in years of service.