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Working at Height Awareness

Duration: 1 hour
Cost: £15+VAT

This online Working at Height Awareness training provides learners with an understanding of the risks associated with working at height so that they are able to minimise the risk of falls and injury by adopting control measures and safe work practices.

Employers are required by law to take reasonable steps to safeguard the health and safety of all employees. This includes raising awareness about the risks related to working at height.

This online training only provides awareness education and does not qualify someone to use access equipment or safety equipment. Additional practical training will be required before a person is competent to work at height.

The approximate duration of this training is 1 hour.

Who is it for?

All employers need to comply with the risk assessment requirements set out in the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999 and they need to carry out a risk assessment on working at height tasks as specified in the Work at Height Regulations 2005.

When do I get my certificate?

When you have successfully passed the course you will be able to download and print your certificate straight away.

As this course has been approved by RoSPA, the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents, your certificate will contain the RoSPA logo and can be used to provide evidence for compliance.

What does the course cover?

The course contains the following 6 topics and includes an assessment:

What is working at height?

  • The definition of ‘working at height’.
  • Common examples of work at height.
  • The meaning of the term ‘access equipment’.
  • The number of serious injuries and fatalities involving falls from height.
  • Other risks and hazards to consider when working at height

Duties and responsibilities

  • Key legislation that aims to keep people safe when working at height.
  • The duties and responsibilities the Work at Height Regulations 2005 places upon employers and those in control of work.
  • The duty to carry out inspections of access equipment.
  • The requirement for emergency procedures.
  • The duties and responsibilities the Work at Height Regulations 2005 places upon employees.
  • Other legislation relating to working at height.

Assessing and controlling the risks

  • Why a risk assessment is needed.
  • The factors considered in a risk assessment.
  • The hierarchy of control specified in WAHR Regulation 6.
  • What is meant by collective protection and personal protection, and why collective protection is preferable.
  • Examples of control measures that can be taken to reduce risks.
  • The requirement for a three-point hold when a climb is unavoidable.

Falling objects

  • Measures that you can take to reduce the risk of objects falling.
  • Why drop zones are needed.
  • How a light object can cause a severe injury.
  • The purpose of a drops calculator.
  • How to estimate the probable severity of injury from the height of the drop and the weight of a falling object.

Ladder pre-use checks

  • The materials that ladders are made of and their advantages and disadvantages.
  • Ladder standards and labelling.
  • Things to consider before using a ladder.
  • When you should check a ladder.
  • Pre-checks for leaning ladders and step ladders.
  • HSE guidance on the precautions to take when using leaning ladders and stepladders

Planning your work

  • The checks to make before you start any work at height.
  • The need to consider how tools and materials are moved to and from the work area.
  • Precautions to take while working at height.
  • The need to consider other hazards associated with working at height.


The assessment is generated from question banks so that the questions change each time a candidate takes the assessment – making the training suitable for initial and refresher training.

There is no limit on the number of attempts at the assessment and informative feedback is given so candidates can learn from their incorrect responses.

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