EM385 and USACE Compliant Competent Person Training

This three-day (24 hour) training program will give your employees an opportunity to have a hands-on, interactive workshop based on preventing and protecting against workplace falls and is consistent with OSHA Fall protection Standard 29CFR1926.500, EM 385 1-1 and the ANSI Z359 Fall Protection Code. This training is also compliant with USACE 24 hour course requirements.

The course consists of content that is tailored specifically to your workplace and the tasks your employees perform at elevation. It is meant to teach employees how to effectively identify any potential hazards that may exist in your work environment and to give your employees a better knowledge of how to prevent falls.

Through the use of lecture, discussions, demonstrations, case studies, and application break-out activities, participants will learn to understand and apply principles, code, and standards to real-life situations.

Upon successful completion of the 3 day course and test, participants will receive a certificate of completion and will be designated a Competent Persons in Fall Protection as defined by EM 385 1-1.

Workshop Preparation

In order to customize the workshop for your specific workplace, we will conduct a phone interview to discuss tasks performed at elevation and particular material for the break-out sessions. We will also ask that you provide some photographs of specific areas in your workplace where work is performed at elevation (optional) so that we may create accurate scenarios and prevention strategies. These photos will be used solely for your training purposes and will remain your property.

Course Overview

This course covers material that is categorized as fall hazard basics such as ANSI Z359 language, hazard identification, application of regulations & standards, work at height and rescue concepts, and fall prevention technique. It will also cover material including protection from falls, prevention, protection systems, rescue considerations and using, inspecting, maintaining, and storing fall protection equipment. At the end of the training session, there will be a final analysis and discussion. Participants will be rewarded with certificates of completion.

Topics that are covered include:

  • Definition of Fall Protection
  • Magnitude of the problem/OSHA fall protection statistics
  • Applicable fall protection regulations, policies & concepts
  • Fall Hazard observation and general work fall hazards
  • Fall Protection hierarchy of controls – Elimination, Prevention, Arrest, Administrative
  • Fall Arrest Systems
  • ABC’s of fall protection – Anchorage, Body Support, Connecting Means
  • Anchorage points/anchorage point considerations
  • Fall Protection Regulations and your Company’s Policy
  • Full Body Harnesses – Applications, inspection and safety features
  • 5 Fall Arrest Systems, Dangers & Challenges
  • Principles of Fall Arrest
  • Lanyards – Applications, inspection and safety features:
    • Shock Absorbing
    • Self-Retracting
    • 100% Tie off/Y-Lanyards
  • Introduction/inspection of specialized fall protection equipment:
    • Lifelines – Horizontal/Vertical
    • Rigid Rail Systems
    • Ladder Climbing Systems
    • Work Positioning Systems
    • Controlled Descent Devices
    • 1st Man Up Devices
  • Fall Protection equipment and inspections
  • Inspection of Fall Arrest Systems and components
  • Ladders
  • Work Positioning Systems
  • Fall Restraint Systems
  • Fall Protection Work Plans & setup of fall protection programs
  • Fall Hazard Analysis
  • Calculation of required Fall Arrest System Clearance Diagrams
  • Swing Hazard
  • Identification of Fall Hazards
  • Quantitative Fall Hazard Assessment Techniques and Fall Hazard Ranking System
  • Duties of a Fall Protection Program Administrator
  • Application Session – Breakouts
  • Discussion on Rescue Considerations
  • Test of Knowledge