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What is IPAF Harness Training?

The IPAF Harness Use & Inspection training delivers a minimum of 4 hours of instruction. The course is designed to instruct up to a maximum ratio of 10 delegates per instructor, providing training to safely use harnesses and lanyards when using a range of MEWPs (Mobile Elevated Work Platforms). It course also covers skills such as the selection and pre-inspection of the equipment.

This IPAF Harness training course consists of an instructor led training room presentation, written assessment, practical training and assessment.

Who is IPAF Harness Use & Inspection course suitable for?

The IPAF Harness Use & Inspection course is aimed at individuals who use, supervise or manage the use of Mobile Elevating Work Platforms (MEWPs) and need to be made aware of the correct selection, inspection and use of safety harnesses to prevent falls.

You are required to be physically fit and in good health to attend and complete the course. You should not have problems with eyesight or hearing, heart disease, high blood pressure, epilepsy, fear of heights, vertigo, giddiness, difficulty with balance, impaired limb function, alcohol or drug dependence or psychiatric illness.

If you have any problems with literacy or language comprehension, or have any doubts about your fitness to use a Mobile Elevating Work Platform, you must bring them to the attention of your employer. This need not preclude you from using MEWPs, provided your employer conducts an assessment and is able to put into place adequate measures, to take account of any difficulties you may have.

IPAF Certification/Qualification

If you are successfully in completing both the theory and practical sessions you will receive an IPAF Certificate that is valid for a period of 5 years. If you have already successfully completed an IPAF Operator course, you will have the Harness category (H) added to the PAL Card. If you do not have a current licence you will receive the certificate only.

All IPAF certificates will be received electronically as a PDF.

What Will You Learn?

You will gain an understanding of the correct selection and pre-use inspection of safety harnesses and lanyards used for restraint on a MEWPs. The IPAF Harness training course agenda includes:

  • Legislation, Standards, CE Markings and Guidance
  • Hazard Analysis and Risk Assessment
  • Hierarchy of Fall Protection Measures
  • IPAF Harness Statement
  • Harness, Lanyard and Fittings
  • Pre-Use Checks and Correct Usage (inc Practical)
  • Usage and Anchor Points
  • Harness Storage and Maintenance
  • Hazards and Precautions
  • Rescue Requirements and Options
  • Theory Test

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