INSTITUTE FOR WORK AT HEIGHT
The Institute for Work at Height was formed as a Trade organization in January 2009 being a merger of the Specialised Access Engineering Manufacturers Association (SAEMA) and the Rope Access And Fall Arrest Association (RAFAA) desirous of creating safety awareness and in turn “professionalism in the overall Work At Height Industry”.
The members all agreed that their input in the development of the skills was lacking and thus they decided to apply for the registration of a Professional Body. In November 2012, the Institute for Work at Height Professional Body received official recognition by the South African Qualification Authority (SAQA)
The main objective for which the Institute has been established is to promote communal and group interests of those companies or individuals engaged in the specialised access work at height industry, including any other associated operations or activities there to. Other objectives strived for, are:
BENEFITS OF THE PROFESSIONAL BODY
The Institute for Work at Height is governed by a Constitution, Code of Conduct and Disciplinary Procedure. These documents can be viewed on the website by clicking on the relevant links.
WHO DOES THIS AFFECT?
WHAT DOES IT MEAN FOR INDUSTRY?
HOW DOES IT AFFECT TRAINING PROVIDERS?
WHAT IS DIFFERENT NOW THAT THE WHPB IS RECOGNISED BY SAQA?
All trained persons under to “old” system were issued with a “licence-to- operate” “LTO” ID card. From now on all the recipients of NQF based training that are found to be competent and awarded a professional designation will be issued with an ID card and certificate stating that the person is a “Registered Practitioner”. These persons will be allowed to use that title and place corresponding designated letters behind their names. i.e.:
Registered Practitioner Title
IWHPB Reg MP
IWHPB Reg MC
IWHPB Reg ED
IWHPB Reg RT
IWHPB Reg RP
IWHPB Reg RS
IWHPB Reg FP
MEWPS & Transport controller
Specialised Equipment Demonstrator
Rope Access Technician (the old Level 1)
Rope Access Practitioner (the old Level 2)
Rope Access Supervisor (the old Level 3
Fall Protection Planner
Temporary Suspended Platform Erection Supervisor
Fall Arrest Rescue Coordinator
This covers inter alia, activities related to Suspended Access Equipment, Scaffolding, Ladders, Falsework, Formwork and Construction Health and Safety.
All existing LTO holders in good standing with the IWH will be re-assessed in the near future and if found competent will be awarded the new designation.
All new designations will be valid for 3 years subject to meeting the requirements of the IWH’s professional body CPD policy and provided that such practitioner’s designation has not been revoked (see above)