Site Safe height courses receive an update

10 Nov 2020

From November 16, Site Safe’s Height and Harness Safety and Fall Arrest Systems will be known as Safety Harness Systems and Advanced Safety Harness Systems. 

The course name change was done as part of Site Safe’s scheduled two-yearly course review. The Site Safe team consulted with Vadim Spice, industry expert and ex-Skills Org ITO moderator, to scope up the review. 

It’s been more than a year long journey when Site Safe first set out to review the two height courses based on the feedback received from learners and trainers. Feedback reflected that although they were satisfied with the overall quality and content of the course, both learners and trainers wanted more practical activities and assessments. There was also a need to support tactile learners and leaners with literacy issues with additional resources and more of a show and tell style delivery. 

Some of the changes that were implemented included the following: 

  • More of a focus on safety harness systems and less on height access controls.
  • Course covers 80% practical and 20% theory.
  • One workbook to support learner on both courses.
  • Smaller class sizes (12 learners) mean learners will receive more trainer supervision.
  • Learners will get more time to practice in a safe environment with others. 

In addition, Site Safe has combined two workbooks into one working at height guide that will support learners on both courses. It has been designed to be an easy read with additional information and supporting sections like key definitions, glossaries and practical tips.

This review has allowed Site Safe to develop a height learning staircase for learners in the industry wanting to improve on their health and safety when working at heights.  

Learners who have completed any Foundation course may progress onto the Passport Plus – Heights course, followed by Safety Harness Systems (previous called Height and Harness Safety) course, and finally, Advanced Safety Harness Systems (previously called Fall Arrest Systems). 

For details of the two heights courses, click here: