24-Hour Competent Person Fall Protection Training (USACE EM 385)

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24-Hour Competent Person Fall Protection Training (USACE EM 385)

Course #: UASC-CO-027-A 24

Course Description:

This course includes in-class lectures including PowerPoint and video and hands-on scenarios applying theory discussed to practical workplace situations. This Competent Person training is a pass/fail program incorporating both written and practical examinations and is based on the requirements of the federal regulations and local legislation that will be discussed and reinforced. Attendees will learn practical solutions to difficult fall protection problems using appropriate tools and equipment.

Course content complies with the requirements within OSHA 1926.32(f), 1926.500, 1910 ANSI/ASSE Z359.2 code. (EM 385-1-1, updated March 2015) (24-hours) standards. Additionally, this course will prepare the participant with the knowledge and skills to perform the annual inspection and record-keeping under these standards.

Once the course is completed, attendees will be able to prevent fall hazards by utilizing a hierarchy of controls and upon completion will have a clear understanding of:

  • The importance of OSHA fall protection statistics & Fall Protection Safety
  • Applicable fall protection guidelines and how to adhere to them at work including the OSHA, ANSI/ASSE and UASCE EM385.
  • Fall protection and the system of hierarchy of controls – Elimination, Prevention, Arrest, and Administrative.
  • Personal fall protection systems (Harnesses, Anchorage, Body Support, and Connecting Means)
  • Fall protection principles to include: Work Positioning Systems, Lifelines – Horizontal and Vertical, Ladder Climbing Systems, Rigid Rail Systems, Controlled Descent Devices
  • Administrative controls to include: Diagrams of Fall Arrest System Clearance, Inspection of components of Fall Arrest Systems and Identifying Potential Fall Hazards: (Qualitative Risk Assessment, Quantitative Risk Assessment, Fall Hazard Detection Methods, Developing Fall Protection Plans)
  • Rescue planning, Training Requirements, and Rescue Techniques

The course will give specific emphasis and training on the following construction operations:

  • Overview of fall protection use and requirements Aerial Lifts (scissor lifts, boom lifts, personnel hoist)
  • Overview of fall protection use and requirements on ladders, stairways, and scaffolding systems
  • Overview of fall protection use and requirements during confined space operation and confined space rescue operations
  • Overview of fall protection use and requirements for material handling and hoisting operations

Any fall protection equipment that is required will be demonstrated during class; however, students can bring their own personal fall equipment to class for both demonstration and use. Participants will be required to participate in Personal Fall Arrest Systems training (hands-on exercises), which may include: inspection procedures, donning procedures, fit test, selection, application and care of equipment.

Course Topics:

  • Fundamentals of Fall Protection
  • Hazard Analysis (Recognition of Hazards, Evaluation Criteria, Control Measures)
  • Anchorage Requirements
  • Energy Absorbing Lanyards
  • Function and Purpose of Energy Absorbers
  • Fall Protection Hardware Compatibility
  • Work Positioning Systems
  • Inspecting Fall Protection Systems
  • Installing Fall Protection Systems
  • Calculating Required Clearances
  • Selecting Fall Protection System Components)
  • Setting Up and Using Temporary Systems
  • Fall Protection Plans and Fall Protection Procedures
  • Detailed Inspection, Care, and Maintenance
  • Specialty Fall Arrest Systems
  • Troubleshooting Fall Restraint Systems and Fall Arrest Systems
  • Rescue and Applications in Fall Protection (Fall Victim, First on the Scene, Self-Rescue and Assisted Self-Rescue)
  • Fall Arrest and Restraint Systems
  • Fall Protection Regulations (OSHA) and Fall Protection Standards (ANSI)
  • Fall Protection and Fall Arrest Theory and Rescue Theory
  • Hierarchy of Fall Protection
  • Conventional Fall Protection (Guarding Systems)
  • Standards and Regulations Affecting the Fall Protection Industry
  • Recognizing and Identifying Fall Hazards
  • Common Commercially Available Fall Arrest Systems
  • Donning a Full Body Harness
  • Self-Retracting Lifelines
  • Vertical Lifelines
  • Horizontal Lifelines
  • Engineered Horizontal Lifelines
  • Ladder Climbing Devices

Who Should Attend:

This in-depth fall protection course is designed for those in a leadership position who must also serve as the competent person and supervise other contractors and employees working at an elevated level.

Regulatory Requirements:

Additional Details:

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Service Locations:

Massachusetts, Rhode Island

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