Work safely at heights – RIIWHS204D

This unit describes a participant’s skills and knowledge required to work safety at heights in the Resources and Infrastructure Industries.

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This course offers a comprehensive introduction to working safely at heights.

Starting with a guide to legislation, regulations and the Standards governing working at heights.

This course takes participants through the selection and use of anchor points, harnesses and associated equipment, and the forces generated in falls.

Topics such as ground clearance, the pendulum effect, swing back and rescue are also covered.

The use of different types of height safety equipment such as temporary ladders, EWPs and man cages is considered under the Hierarchy of Control section.

Students are instructed in the selection of fall protection equipment appropriate to the working environment, as well as the strengths and limitations of the equipment, and the relevant inspection and maintenance requirements.

The practical content of the course covers choosing and correctly fitting a harness, putting up a temporary lifeline and a basic introduction to knots.

Though there are no qualification prerequisites, participants must be physically fit for duty and wear normal work clothing and enclosed shoes that are suitable when climbing.

Course Structure:

The course covers:

  • WHS legislation and requirements
  • Hazard identification and controls
  • Safety equipment and PPE
  • Fall arrest systems
  • Inspecting equipment and reporting faults
  • Working safely at heights
  • Emergency procedures
  • Finishing work
  • Clear up procedures

The course is a 1 day course.

This course is generally a one day course.

This unit it appropriate for those working in operational roles where they are required to perform work at heights.

Licensing, legislative, regulatory and certification requirements that apply to this unit can vary between states, territories, and Industry sectors. Relevant information must be sourced prior to application of the unit.

Note: The terms Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) and Work Health and Safety (WHS) are equivalent and generally either can be used in the workplace. In jurisdictions where the National Model WHS Legislation has not been implemented RTOs are advised to contextualise the unit of competency by referring to the existing State/Territory OHS legislative requirements.

Course Duration

1 day


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