Initial Training

The need for training cannot be overemphasized!  It is the first step toward increasing awareness and developing an understanding of the capabilities and limitations of available equipment. Initial training of the safety committee by a competent person is needed to ensure that the fall hazard analysis is properly performed. Then, supervisors or lead persons can be trained as competent persons, receiving instruction in fall protection principles, techniques and equipment performance.  The “training of the trainers” forms the basis of an in-house team that can provide live practice sessions.  Ongoing training is as critical as the initial overview. Periodic refresher instruction for competent person trainers and authorized persons, who are end-users of fall protection procedures and equipment, can serve to reinforce proper proper equipment use and care, as well as provide an opportunity to review new technology.

See “Introduction to Fall Protection, 4th Edition” page 438.

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