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Fall Protection Chamber

Fall Protection Chamber

The Fall Protection Chamber of the IWH Professional Body represent practitioners involved with Fall Arrest and Fall Prevention in South Africa.  Fall arrest is the use of fall arrest equipment designed to arrest a fall of a person working in a fall risk position. Fall Prevention is the use of systems or safe working practices that inherently protects the person from being exposed to a fall risk.

The IWH Professional Body recognises the following high-risk skills programmes within the FALL PROTECTION industry, and therefore designate the competent and experienced persons accordingly:

1. Basic Fall Arrest Technician (BFAT)

A ‘Basic Fall Arrest Technician’ is a person who has been trained in the identification and safe use of fall arrest equipment. Persons requiring this skills programme are typically required to climb structures and position themselves safely while performing work at height. They do not partake in emergency operations and must therefore work under supervision of a person who is qualified/skilled to carry out rescue procedures from fall arrest systems.

CRITERIA FOR OBTAINING RECOGNITION

Academic Component

To be recognised with the IWH Prof Body as a Basic Fall Arrest Technician, the permit holder must be found competent in the following unit standards:

  • Unit Standard 229998: Explain and perform fall arrest techniques when working at height (Lev1; 2 cred)

(If the person has not completed this Unit Standard but have proof of experience, the person can also complete the IWH PB’s RPL assessment, and if found competent, the person will be licensed accordingly).

(Training and assessment must be conducted by a SETA ETQA/QCTO accredited and IWH Professional Body recognised training provider)

Other criteria

  • Must be in possession of a current, valid medical certificate.
  • Minimum 18 years of age
  • Must renew his/her license every three years to proof that he/she is still able to perform the work competently and safely

Criteria for re-licensing

  • Proof of practical workplace experience
  • Attendance of CPD workshop
  • Re-assessment

2. Fall Arrest Technician (FAT)

The skill set of a ‘Fall Arrest Technician‘ includes that of a basic fall arrest technician / fall arrest operator, with the addition of basic rescue skills, to rescue a person from height. Basic rescue skills require a point of safety below, and typically only include lowering of the casualty. A Fall Arrest Technician is a suitable supervisor for a single/small work team that operate where lowering rescues are possible and the fall arrest systems are not of a complex nature.

CRITERIA FOR OBTAINING RECOGNITION

Academic Component

To be recognised with the IWH PB as a Fall Arrest Technician, the person must be found competent in the following unit standards:

  • Unit Standard 229998: Explain and perform fall arrest techniques when working at height (Lev1; 2 cred)
  • Unit Standard 229995: Install, use and perform basic rescues from fall arrest systems and implement the fall protection plan (Lev 2; 3 cred)

(If the person has not completed this Unit Standard but have proof of experience, the person can also complete the IWH PB’s RPL assessment, and if found competent, the person will be licensed accordingly).

(Training and assessment must be conducted by a SETA ETQA/QCTO accredited and IWH Professional Body recognised training provider)

Other criteria

  • Must be in possession of a current, valid medical certificate.
  • Minimum 18 years of age
  • Must renew his/her license every three years to proof that he/she is still able to perform the work competently and safely

Criteria for re-licensing

  • Proof of practical workplace experience
  • Attendance of CPD workshop
  • Re-assessment

3. Fall Protection Planner

A registered Fall Protection Planner is a professional responsible for of the planning of safety and protection of people working at height where there is a risk of injury from a fall.

CRITERIA FOR OBTAINING THE PROFESSIONAL DESIGNATION

Academic Component

Must have completed the following NQF registered unit standards:

  • Unit Standard 229998: Explain and perform fall arrest techniques when working at height (Lev 1; 2 cred), or equivalent background to the work at height to be evaluated by the IWH Prof body Manager.
  • Unit Standard 229994: Prepare a fall protection plan (Lev 4; 3 cred)

(If the person has not completed this Unit Standard but have proof of experience, the person can also complete the IWH PB’s RPL assessment, and if found competent, the person will be licensed accordingly).

(Training and assessment must be conducted by a SETA ETQA/QCTO accredited and IWH Professional Body recognised training provider)

Other criteria

  • An understanding of the work at height industry in which he/she will developing the Fall Protection Plan for.
  • Minimum 18 years of age
  • Must renew his/her license every three years to proof that he/she is still able to perform the work competently and safely

Criteria for re-licensing

  • Proof of practical workplace experience, ie most current Fall Protection Plan to be submitted for evaluation
  • Attendance of CPD workshop
  • Re-assessment

4. Fall Arrest Rescue Coordinator:

The Fall Arrest Rescue Coordinator is a professional designation that ensures that the learner is equipped with the necessary skills and knowledge to enable them to plan and implement fall arrest safety systems on a work site, that is complex or that involves extensive work at height in locations where there is a risk of falling. By extensive, it is implied that work at height is performed for prolonged periods and/or multiple work teams operate and these workers numerous in quantity. The Fall Arrest Rescue Coordinator is a professional designation that enables persons to be assigned to a high level of responsibility in planning and implementing fall arrest safety systems and also in planning and executing rescues from such fall arrest systems, even under complicating circumstances.

In terms of Construction regulations 10 (2014) that enforce the need for a fall protection plan, this designation will provide an individual who will play a crucial role during the planning stages of work at height operations, emergency situation management and the execution of complicated rescues.

CRITERIA FOR OBTAINING THE RECOGNITION

For the Professional Designation of Fall Arrest Rescue Coordinator to be awarded, professionals must comply with the following minimum requirements:

Academic Component

Must have completed the following NQF registered unit standards:

  • Unit Standard 229998: Explain and perform fall arrest techniques when working at height (Lev 1; 2 cred)
  • Unit Standard 229995: Install, use and perform basic rescues from fall arrest systems and implement the fall protection plan (Lev 2; 3 cred)
  • Unit Standard 229999: Perform a range of advanced fall arrest rescues (Lev 4; 4 cred)
  • Unit Standard 230000: Perform a limited range of rope access tasks and rescues (Lev 2; 6 cred)

(If the person has not completed these Unit Standards but have proof of experience, the person can also complete the IWH PB’s RPL assessment, and if found competent, the person will be licensed accordingly).

(Training and assessment must be conducted by a SETA ETQA/QCTO accredited and IWH Professional Body recognised training provider)

Other criteria

  • Must have been registered before as at least a Basic Fall Arrest Technician with the IWH PB
  • Must be in possession of a current, valid medical certificate.
  • Minimum 18 years of age
  • Must renew his/her license every three years to proof that he/she is still able to perform the work competently and safely

5. Fall Arrest Supervisor:

The professionally recognised ‘Fall Arrest Supervisor’ is equipped with the necessary skills and knowledge to plan, implement and supervise fall arrest systems and rescues on a work site that is complex or that involves extensive work at height, in locations where there is a risk of falling.

CRITERIA FOR OBTAINING THE RECOGNITION

For the Professional Designation of Fall Arrest Supervisor to be awarded, professionals must comply with the following minimum requirements:

Academic Component

Must have completed the following NQF registered unit standards:

  • Unit Standard 229998: Explain and perform fall arrest techniques when working at height (Lev 1; 2 cred)
  • Unit Standard 229995: Install, use and perform basic rescues from fall arrest systems and implement the fall protection plan (Lev 2; 3 cred)

As well as at least one of the following:

  • Unit Standard 229999: Perform a range of advanced fall arrest rescues (Lev 4; 4 cred)
  • Unit Standard 229994: Prepare a fall protection plan (Lev 4; 3 cred)

(If the person has not completed these Unit Standards but have proof of experience, the person can also complete the IWH PB’s RPL assessment, and if found competent, the person will be licensed accordingly).

(Training and assessment must be conducted by a SETA ETQA/QCTO accredited and IWH Professional Body recognised training provider)

Other criteria

  • Must have been registered before as at least a Basic Fall Arrest Technician with the IWH PB
  • Must be in possession of a current, valid medical certificate.
  • Minimum 18 years of age
  • Must renew his/her license every three years to proof that he/she is still able to perform the work competently and safely

Criteria for re-licensing

  • Must still be medically fit for the work to be done safely
  • Proof of practical workplace experience
  • Attendance of CPD workshop
  • Re-assessment