What we do
Employers have a responsibility to ensure workplace safety for all workers, as well as visitors and the general public. In most cases, that entails basic procedures and protocols. Cleaning spills quickly, training on proper body mechanics for lifting, evacuation routes, and how to use a fire extinguisher are fine for many work situations.
Safety glasses, a back belt, and work gloves are the most common types of personal protective equipment (PPE) required for workers. A helmet is also needed for construction, welding, on-site planning or assessments, and other occupations.
Some working conditions, such as confined spaces, high-voltage areas, and heights, require specialized training to comply with oversight agency regulations, insurance stipulations, and industry standards. Lack of training can result in injuries, death, equipment or property damage, fines, penalties, and increased liability risks.
Companies such as Asretec provide courses that combine classroom work, learning practical skills, and performance assessments to certified workers, supervisors, and managers as competent to work in specific conditions or places.
Work At Height is one course example. Versions are offered for workers, assessors, supervisors, and business owners. The course for workers, for example, is at a low cost per person and lasts one full day.
The theory is minimal and includes selecting and properly utilizing the correct equipment, harness, or technique for every situation. Practical skills learned include harness fitting, climbing with twin lanyards, using horizontal lifelines, and the most efficient use of a work restraint system, among others.
The version for supervisors is one and one-half days and includes identifying relevant regulations, conducting thorough risk assessments, and implementing fall prevention plans. All height courses are assessed via written work, practical skills, and overall performance.
Courses are designed to meet regulations and can be conducted on-site globally. Specific syllabi for each height course can be viewed at asretec.org/course/work-at-height-courses/. Tower climbing, rescue courses, risk assessment, and putting together metal scaffolding are also offered. Full details on all courses can be found at Asretec.org.
Human Resource (HR) Responsibilities
Safety in the workplace is an important matter that requires constant consideration. Keeping track of renewal dates for employees, making sure new employees are properly trained before working in the field, and providing documentation to prove compliance. This is typically the duty of the HR director or department.
Employers who utilize the same company for all specialty training can reduce much of that paperwork. Documentation requirements can be fulfilled with reports that include the attendees, the skills learned, and assessment scores. The date and location will also be displayed as well.
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