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Working at height with personal safety equipment is a challenging task, which is never risk-free, and often quite demanding. The work demands, in addition to the minimum physical and mental requirements, a serious, professional education.

As supplement to the training manuals, we have developed other training aids for the educators. With these aids, training centers and companies should be capable of passing on a structured , and practical knowledge base to their employees.

You can find these aids on thedownload page, under the subcategory Training Documents

healthIn Switzerland, there is no legal requirement for workers to pass a physical exam before performing dangerous work at height.

The employer is however bound to only employ workers with proper training and who are physically and mentally suited for the job.

 

A worker’s health cannot be allowed to put himself or others at risk on the job.

At risk training sessions for working at height, it is recommended that the participants fill out and sign a declaration of their current health condition.


The original file can be found on the downloads page (raining documentation --> Educator - Training aids and forms)

The declaration confirms that the participant is free of health problems, able to take part in the training, and later able to work at height.

Work involving technical safety equipment may only be carried out by proven specialists that have been briefed on the specific working conditions (VUV 5 & 8).

Hence, there should always someone on site capable of rescuing his coworkers from dangerous situations.


Unfortunately, until recently, there have been huge differences in the content and length of training sessions for technical safety equipment to prevent falling accidents.

30 Minute sessions with 15 participants were not uncommon.
The reasons for this are complex, and may have been due to the conditions of the schooling company, as well as the firm receiving the training.

This website should help to improve the situation by standardizing the training options in the interest of course participants. See rubric: Length of Training

An appropriate training for people with limited experience should last a full work day.

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Different trade-specific modules are being developed for the following branches:

  • Crane experts and builders
  • Scaffold construction
  • Steep roof work
  • Flat roof work
  • Hochbau / Rohbau (Bauhaupt- und Baunebengewerbe)
  • Wood framing
  • Structural and decorative ironwork
  • Arbeiten auf Freileitungsmasten
  • Rigging / Event-Construction
  • Concrete work
  • Work in difficult environments
  • Building cleaning
  • Demolition
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  • Rescue Module
    The rescue module should be integrated into the trade-specific module due to the specific rescue situations that different trades have. These may be irrelevant for the other branches.

The basic module for personal safety equipment must cover the following areas:

- Legal basics in Switzerland
- Personal safety equipment to prevent falls (PSE)
- Basic components of the equipment (Parts, pros, and cons)
- Correct use of the equipment (fitting, adjustment, use)
- Correct maintenance (Storage and inspection)
- Product and testing norms (guidelines, norms, CE-symbols)

Downloads:

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Our concept is based on 4 principles:

  1. Theory in Practice
    Theoretical background should be introduced during every exercise though practical demonstrations and not lectured to death in a classroom.
  2. No Empty Minutes
    There is nothing more unproductive than having one person actually do the work, while everyone else passively looks on.
    In a well-planned training, the participants should always have something productive to do.
  3. Electricity-Free Training
    The Training may be taught with slides on a beamer or overhead projector. But all of the slides / transparencies will be designed for a parallel function of a workplace safety poster where no electricity is needed.
  4. Basic module + Trade-Specific and Rescue Modules
    The basic module (personal safety equipment- Introduction and main uses) should be the same for all trainees, regardless of trade or background, including basic rescue downwards. For advanced modules, trade-specific exercises should be developed to best cover the needs of the client company. Special rescue requires a completely separate module.

The necessary technical information is available in a small handbook , as well available on this website.
The Instructors Manual may be found as well in the download area.

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