EM 385 24-hour Fall Protection Competent Person

This three-day (24-hour) course is designed to comply with the new training requirements in EM 385-1-1 for the Fall Protection Competent Person. Topics included are: fall hazards; identification and evaluation of workplace activities; controlling fall hazard exposures and swing falls; stop work authority; corrective measures to mitigate fall hazards; fall protection and prevention plans; responding to workplace activities change; rescue plan development; specifying fall protection systems at the work-site; non-certified anchorages; incident investigations; managing damaged or deployed equipment; and, fall protection systems and equipment inspection. Course includes 8 hours of hands-on, practical applications.

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This class is specifically designed to meet ANSI 359.2 and the new 2014 EM-385-1-1 standard which requires 24 hours of training to include at least 8 hours of hands on activities. The EM-385-1-1 (2014) went into full effect 18 months from November 2014.

Course includes in class, physical demonstrations and practical hands on activities on how to properly select, inspect, install, assemble, and use the fall protection equipment.

Training shall include inspecting systems prior to use, installation, component compatibility, estimating free fall distances, total required clearance, dismantling, storage, and the common hazards associated with each system and component.

Competent person training includes:

  • Overview of Fall standards for EM-385-1-1-2014
  • Fall hazard recognition
  • Fall hazard elimination and control methods
  • Hierarchy of Fall prevention methods
  • Applicable fall protection regulations
  • Fall hazard surveys and fall protection procedures
  • The responsibilities of designated persons under this standard
  • Detailed inspection of equipment components and systems
  • Fall protection rescue procedures
  • The selection and use of noncertified anchorages
  • Fall Protection on Aerial Lifts and Ladders
  • Hands on exercises and inspections
  • Storage and care of equipment