1 Day Work at Height Training Course

DRA Safety deliver a nationally recognised 1 Day work at height training course that covers the theoretical and practical aspects.

During the course we will assist you in developing safe work method statements and risk assessments for working at height. All workers who conduct or supervise tasks whilst at height will find this course beneficial to workplace safety.

This is one of the courses from our suite of health and safety courses we have on offer being delivered by one of our Safety Consultants. Training is a key element of the businesses safety management system.

This course will enable you to comply with current WHS legislation. Successful trainees will receive a nationally recognised Statement of Attainment and working at heights card.

1 Day work at height training

1 Day Work at Height Training Course Overview

The 1 Day Work at Height Training course can be conducted by a Safety Consultant at your work site or in our training facility. Work at heights training is focused on fall prevention rather than fall arrest. It is designed to equip workers with the knowledge and skills to safely work in any height situation. Training must be provided where work is conducted in a place where a fall from one level to another is possible.

DRA recognises that whilst there is a standard set of learning outcomes for this course, the context and environment in which the learning is applied is varied. We will always customise the course to suit your unique workplace requirements.

This training will assist workers to work safely at height, including ladders and scaffolding access. It is also used by companies as a work at height refresher (Verification of Competency (VOC)) for those who have completed the RIIWHS working at heights certificate, in particular,

– RIIWHS204E – Work safely at heights

This training can also be tailored to be initial training and (shorter) working at heights refresher including falls rescue. The training can also serve as a verification of competency (VOC) by our Safety Consultant to maintain the work at height ticket. Class discussions will include a range of height safety equipment.

This training is especially helpful to Health and Safety Representatives to better understand the legislation so that they can assist Management to develop strategies to protect workers.

Work at Height Refresher Course Overview

DRA Safety also deliver a refresher training course delivered to workers competent in the use of the company specific heights equipment. This training is delivered as a refresher course to the 1 Day work at height training to ensure that the workers have maintained their knowledge and skills of the operation of the equipment and anchors.

Working at Heights training course is conducted by one of our qualified Safety Consultants in our training room and throughout Australia at your facility. Falls from work at heights is a major hazard for many industries. People who work at height should receive appropriate training to understand the associated hazards and appropriate risk management controls implemented. This course has been designed for those that may be required to work at heights and use safety harnesses and fall arrest equipment.

 We also follow up this training with the ability of one of our Safety Consultants to complete safety inspections of your work at heights activities to assist in documenting systems specific for your buildings. This will ensure that the supervisors and workers are using the work at heights equipment as per the manufacturer’s specifications. Working with your companies Safety personnel our Safety Consultants can assist to plan and practice these ‘work at height activities’. Our services also include Safety Audits of your safety procedures to ensure that the whole of safety management is being planned, implemented and reviewed ensuring a best practice approach.

Course Outline for both courses

– Legislation requirements.
– Permit to work and Risk assessments.
– Equipment selection and use.
– Anchor systems, identification and use for limited/free fall and work positioning.
– Fall restraint systems, selection of equipment and correct use.
– Work positioning systems, selection of equipment and correct use.
– Fall arrest systems.
– Using energy absorbing lanyards.
– Correct use of ladders and ladder safety training.


Our training facility refresher only 1/2 Day – $380.
In house at your location for real world training 1 Day – $1900* + Notes and GST.
*travel costs may apply outside of the Gold Coast.

For group bookings outside our public course schedule or at your location, please submit your group booking inquiry through the portal for an obligation free quote.

Course Inclusions

– 1 Day work at height training is conducted by one of our experienced WHS industry practitioner with over 25 years of strong knowledge of the relevant legislation and industry practices.
– Practical and theoretical activities in the use of height safety equipment.
– Participant notes.

Each Trainee Must

– Sufficient physical ability to lift up to 20kg infrequently from ground to overhead and access heights above 2m.
– Provide proof of being at least 18 years of age.
– Have at least a Year 10 level of numeracy, literacy and communication skills.
– Have the ability to read and write English.

Check out our Training Events page for upcoming training events being completed inhouse. Alternatively, one of our experienced safety consultants can go to your organisation and deliver the training.


Please consider our range of health and safety courses, safety training and WHS consultancy services.

Contact us today for an obligation free quote on any of our services.
What is work at height?

Work at height means work in any place where, if precautions were not taken, a person could fall a distance liable to cause personal injury. You are working at height if you:
– work above ground/floor level
– could fall from an edge, through an opening or fragile surface or
– could fall from ground level into an opening in a floor or a hole in the ground

Work at height does not include a slip or a trip on the level, as a fall from height has to involve a fall from one level to a lower level, nor does it include walking up and down a permanent staircase in a building.

What do I need to know before undertaking work at height?

Before any work at heights is started it is most important that some key procedures are followed to ensure that all workplace requirements are identified and understood.
– As working at heights is classified as high risk work, a safe work method statement (SWMS) and rescue plan, must be completed and approved by management prior to any work being commenced.
– Authorisation to access the risk area must to be obtained from the person in control of the workplace and all applicable Australian Standards, WHS Act and Regulation, and Codes of Practice and Guidelines must be read, understood and obeyed.
– Prior to the use of fall protection equipment it is essential that the persons conducting the work have been trained and are aware of the correct operating procedures. Fall arrest systems must only be used by competent persons who have experience and training in the safe use of the systems and associated equipment.
– All systems and equipment should be visually inspected for damage and if there is any noticeable deterioration or deformation of the components or the structure the system must not be used and should be tagged ‘Do Not Use’ until corrective action by a competent person has been completed.

Our 1 Day work at height training covers all of these topics and assess the use of your companies harnesses and systems.  

What is a rescue plan?

A rescue plan is an essential piece of documentation that must be completed before undertaking any work at heights.

This should detail:
– the type of work being undertaken
– the risks involved while performing the work
– any hazards around the work area
– what actions need to be implemented in the event of an incident or accident occurring.

Emergency service details need to be included, but their attendance should be considered as only a part of the overall rescue plan. Emergency services may take time to arrive at the scene and it is imperative that rescue procedures are commenced as soon as possible to enable the situation to be rectified and to ensure injuries are not exacerbated.

Assessment of the building, on site rescue equipment and available access to the area by rescuers and emergency services are all factors that must be considered and detailed in the plan. Training of persons who will be conducting the rescue must also be undertaken to ensure that they are skilled in the use of the rescue equipment.

If the person being rescued sustains injuries which result in unconsciousness rescue may be even more difficult and additional procedures must be put in place to cover this contingency. Persons sustaining a fall while using fall arrest equipment are in significant risk of Suspension Trauma and for this reason it is imperative that they are rescued as soon as possible to lessen the likelihood of this condition occurring.

Our 1 Day work at height training covers the aspects of rescue planning, documentation and training.

When do I need to comply with the work at height requirements in the WHS Regulation?

The WHS Regulation apply to all work at height, where there is risk of a fall liable to cause personal injury. They place duties on employers, and those who control any work at height activity (such as facilities managers or building owners who may contract others to work at height).

As part of the Regulations, you must ensure:
– all work at height is properly planned and organised
– those involved in work at height are competent
– the risks from work at height are assessed, and appropriate work equipment is selected and used
– the risks of working on or near fragile surfaces are properly managed
– the equipment used for work at height is properly inspected and maintained

Our 1 Day work at height training will assist your workers in understanding the legislative requirements. 

How often do I need to get my anchors inspected and recertified?

Fall anchors require a 12 monthly inspection and recertification period as per AS/NZS 1891. The Code of Practice however in some states requires 6 monthly inspections. As per AS/NZS 1891.4 inspection should be carried out by persons trained as a qualified Height Safety Equipment Inspector. Should your fall arrest equipment require inspection or recertification please contact a certified company/inspector.

What do I need to know with regard to using fall arrest equipment correctly?

Correct use of fall arrest equipment is imperative to ensure the safety of operators. According to the Hierarchy of Control for working at heights, fall arrest equipment is one of the least preferred forms of fall protection but if other alternatives such as guardrail, walkways or static lines cannot be provided it is still an effective form of fall protection.

Whilst a preventative against injury from a fall from height, a fall arrest system such as a safety harness does require several things to be taken into consideration,
– What is the length of the lanyard?
– Where is the location of the anchor point?
– Have you calculated the length of the user’s legs and body in the fall distance?
– Does the lanyard incorporate a section that lengthens when it is deployed and if so, what is this measurement?
– Have the anchor points that the system will be attached to been recently tested and certified to be able to handle the load associated with a fall?

Our 1 Day work at height training covers all of the aspects associated with fall arrest equipment common in industry. Ideally using your equipment will be most beneficial ensuring specific competencies can be shown.

Mobile Elevated Work Platforms (MEWPs)

If you are thinking of using a MEWP, consider the following questions:
– Height – How high is the job from the ground?
– Application – Do you have the appropriate MEWP for the job? (If you’re not sure, check with the hirer or manufacturer)
– Conditions – What are the ground conditions like? Is there a risk of the MEWP becoming unstable or overturning?
– Operators – Are the people using the MEWP trained, competent and fit to do so?
– Obstructions – Could the MEWP be caught on any protruding features or overhead hazards, eg steelwork, tree branches or power lines?
– Traffic – Is there passing traffic and, if so, what do you need to do to prevent collisions?
– Restraint – Do you need to use either work restraint (to prevent people climbing out of the MEWP) or a fall arrest system (which will stop a person hitting the ground if they fall out)? Allowing people to climb out of the basket is not normally recommended – do you need to do this as part of the job?
– Checks – Has the MEWP been examined, inspected and maintained as required by the manufacturer’s instructions and have daily checks been carried out?

Our 1 Day work at height training covers the use of MEWP and safe use. This is best achieved using your business MEWP where competencies can be business specific.

How do i decide if someone is competent to work at height?

You should make sure that people with sufficient skills, knowledge and experience are employed to perform the task, or, if they are being trained, that they work under the supervision of somebody competent to do it.

Our 1 Day work at height training course will equip the worker with the necessary skills confirmed through practical exercises.

In the case of low-risk, short duration tasks involving ladders, competence requirements may be no more than making sure employees receive instruction on how to use the equipment safely (eg how to tie a ladder properly) and appropriate training. Training often takes place on the job, it does not always take place in a classroom.

When a more technical level of competence is required, for example drawing up a plan for assembling a complex scaffold, existing training and certification schemes drawn up by trade associations and industry is one way to help demonstrate competence.

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