Inspection of PPE – Competent Person

Provides knowledge and experience for competence in inspection of PPE as required by PUWER, LOLER or WAHR regulations.

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The Inspection of PPE – Competent Person course provides skills for inspecting PPE for work at height. Designed to satisfy the inspection requirements of several UK regulations (PUWER, LOLER and WAHR) and can be tailored for clients to meet their specific requirements.

This course delivers the approved syllabus issued by the Work at Height Safety Association. Anyone trained in this syllabus will be competent to inspect items of personal fall protection equipment from any manufacturer who is a member of WAHSA (includes nearly all UK FPE manufacturers).

Participants learn the requirements for obsolescence, care and maintenance for a range of personal equipment and are taught specific inspection criteria for each category of product.

The different requirements for metal and textile items is explained, together with the need for adequate documentation and record keeping required to satisfy the regulations.

Practical experience on this Inspection of PPE – Competent Person course is provided in inspecting and assessing the condition of PPE for work at height.

On completion of the Inspection of PPE course, participants will be competent to carry out thorough examinations of equipment and keep traceable records of this under LOLER and WaH regulations.

Course elements covered include:

  • Characteristics of fall protection equipment for restraint, positioning and arrest
  • Considerations for safe use.
  • Legislation and the need for inspection – PUWER, WAHR, LOLER
  • Current HSE guidance and research
  • WAHSA guidance notes for inspecting fall protection equipment
  • Manufacturer’s requirements for marking and labelling
  • Understanding product user instructions
  • Obsolescence and longevity
  • Compatibility of system components
  • Traceability, conformity and certification
  • Storage, cleaning and maintenance
  • Test methods for EN 361, 354, 355
  • Pre-use checking of equipment

Practical skills covered in this course include:

  • Identifying components of fall protection systems
  • Understanding basic design requirements
  • Understanding critical defects
  • Methods of inspection for textile and metal items
  • Methods of recording
  • Carrying out inspections according to BS 8437 checklists

Safety footwear required for all practical sessions.

It is the participants/bookers responsibility to ensure that all relevant pre-requisites are met to attend this course and that the evidence is provided on the first day of the course e.g. in-date certificates for revalidation courses.

Failure to meet any of these pre-requisites may result in the participant being asked to leave the course. No refund will be given in this event.

15% discount – on completion of your training course you will receive voucher code giving you 15% off your next heightec equipment order online.

Also Available:

Work at Height First Aid Pack – portable kit for use on high structures. Compliant with BS8599-1:2019. Can be attached to harness for easy transport. Contained in rucksack style case, with prominent reflective markings, zip around opening and a robust carry handle with attachment loop for clipping to a harness.

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Course Details

Duration: 1 day
Course Venues: Aberdeen, Kendal, Leeds, Birmingham, London
Entry Requirements:
  • Minimum age 18.
  • Must be fluent in English.
Instructor Ratio: 1:12
Course Code: TSK1U
Assessment: Practical and written
Certification: heightec
Validity Period: 3 years
Medical Requirements: None