Certex and HART cooperate on safety at height

By Maria Hadlow10 March 2011

Certex UK, a supplier of lifting products and services, has added a new range of height safety and rescue courses to its portfolio of training packages.

The six one-day courses are being run in conjunction with fall arrest experts, HART (Height and Rescue Training) which is the dedicated training division of Checkmate Safety, and covers all aspects of height safety from basic working at height; management of working at height; examination of height access equipment, rescue training; rooftop and ladder working.

Adrian Kirkham, training manager at Certex UK, said that the courses have been introduced to meet a growing demand from the industry, "Under current legislation, work is defined as being 'at height' if it is a place where a person could be injured falling from it; even if this is at or below ground level. As such, this affects a large number of UK workplaces who are now seeking to ensure that their employees are given the correct training to carry out their jobs safely.

"We have been looking for an appropriate partner to provide quality training in this area and we are delighted to have teamed up with industry experts HART and Checkmate to offer this comprehensive range of courses."

The courses will be at either one of Certex's specialist training centres across the UK or - on request - at the client's own premises. As well as the standard six syllabuses, Certex will also put together special training packages to match the client's exact requirements, based on its specific needs.

Most of the courses include both theory and practical training and there is an assessment at the end of each course. Participants will receive a certificate at the successful completion of the course.

Andy Stock, from HART, who will be delivering the training, is confident that the courses will encourage safer practice across a wide spectrum of industries. "Falling from height is one of the biggest causes of workplace deaths and major injury. We will be teaching people to use fall protection equipment safely; spot common risks and hazards; as well as making sure that they understand the current legal and best practice requirements and are therefore working within the law," he said.

The new range of height safety and rescue courses form part of a comprehensive and well established collection of training courses run by Certex that are directly relevant to today's industry conditions and requirements.

More information from Adrian Kirkham on 0845 230 7475 or email akirkham@certex.co.uk Course details can also be found at www.certex.co.uk/training

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