There are a broad range of health and safety training courses available designed to cater for all levels of expertise within the construction industry. Training should be delivered by trainers with the relevant accreditations (such as CITB and NEBOSH). |
Suitable courses for roofers include:
Working at Height:
A half day education on the hazards associated with working at height and the legal duties of employers, employees, and self employed persons. Average cost £110.
Mobile Scaffold Tower:
Covering the main risks associated with towers, good/bad practise, and alternative means of access to mobile towers. Most good training providers have a practical element to the course which will involve the assembly and disassembly of the tower. This is a half day course. Average cost £110.
As the HSE will no longer acknowledge BS5973:1993 as a recognised standard for the design of tube and fitting scaffolding structures, the Scaffold Inspection course should cover the European Standard BS EN12811-1:2003 and TG20:08. It will provide delegates with the ability to identify scaffold components and know the reasons for their use, while improving knowledge of standard scaffold structures, and where the requirements for calculations and design are triggered. To meet all the necessary requirements, this course should now run for 2 days. Average cost £225.
There are other courses also available such as general health and safety awareness, Asbestos Awareness, and courses for supervisors such as CITB Site Supervisors Safety Training Scheme (SSSTS) or the Site Management Safety Training Scheme (SMSTS).
Ultimately, an improved knowledge of health & safety issues can save a roofer valuable time. If they are unable to assess the potential risks on a particular job immediately, problems could take longer to correct while the job is in process (i.e. a broken scaffold, or an inappropriate ladder). Even worse, an accident would affect the employee as well as the long term business with that client.
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