Work Safely at Heights

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Course Description

The Work Safely at Heights course focuses on the training and assessment in skills to perform work with a harness at heights. This may include working on an elevated work platform, roof, structure or any area where a fall hazard exists.

Course Codes

RIIWHS204EWork safely at heights


19 Jan 2024 | 2, 16 Feb 2024 | 1, 15 Mar 2024
Recommended For

Workers who perform harness based work, supervisors and health and safety representatives.

Course Outline

The course content contains but is not limited to the following components.

  • Legislation and regulations
  • AS1891.4 Industrial fall arrest systems and devices
  • Hazard analysis and risk assessment
  • Fall from height categories
  • Total restraint
  • restraint
  • restrained fall
  • Limited free fall
  • Free fall
  • Work at height system categories
  • Elimination
  • Work positioning
  • Fall arrest
  • Ladders
  • Administration
  • Selection, use fit and maintenance of harnesses
  • Inspection of harnesses, ropes and gear
  • Record keeping
  • Safe use of ladders
  • Emergency planning and response
  • Safe work method statement, SWMS

Our Work Safely at Heights course has written theory assessment includes multiple choice and short answer questions. Practical assessment requires correct completion of working at height practical exercises which include inspection of harnesses and gear, use of temporary anchor, work positioning and fall arrest systems and remote access rescue.

Safety Systems Pty Ltd recommends retraining every 3 years.

Not applicable

Who should complete Height Safety training?

This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to work safely at heights in the resources and infrastructure industries and applied to those working in operational roles.

It is recommended that individuals complete this training if they perform harness based work such as working on an elevated work platform, roof, structure or any area where a fall hazard exists.

What is Harnessed Based work?

Harnessed-based work at height refers to any work tasks in which an individual uses webbing full body harness in order to secure and place themselves in a work position whereby they are attached to a rope, lanyard, self-retracting lifeline, or other safety device.


Does Height Safety training require refresher training? 

Yes, as recommended in the Australian Standard 1891 (Industrial fall arrest systems and devices), Height Safety training is required to be reassessed at appropriate intervals. The industry standard is every 3 years, however, can be completed more frequently if required.


At what height is fall protection required in Australia

In Australia, it is recommended that fall protection equipment be worn when completing work at a height that is 2 metres or greater. The type of fall protection equipment used will vary depending on type of work and the hazards present.

More information can be found in the following Australian Standards:

  • AS1657:2018 Fixed Platforms, Walkways, Stairways and Ladders
  • AS/NZS 1891.1 Part 1: Safety Belts and Harnesses
  • AS/NZS 1891.2 Part 2: Horizontal Lifeline and Rail Systems
  • AS/NZS 1891:3 Part 3: Fall Arrest Devices
  • AS/NZS 1981.4 Part 4: Selection, Use and Maintenance of Industrial Fall Arrest Systems and Devices
  • AS2625 Safe Working in a Confined Space
  • AS/NZS 4488 Industrial Rope Access Systems
  • AS/NZS 5532 Manufacturers requirements for single point anchors


What is the minimum age to complete Height Safety Training?

To complete a Height Safety course at Safety Systems, the participants must be at least 15 years of age. If under the age of 18, we will require a permission form to be signed by a parent or guardian.

Do I need a White Card as well as Height Safety training to work onsite?

Yes, to work a construction site, you will need to complete Construction Induction training and have a White Card issued from WorkSafe. To book Construction Induction training, click here.

For more specific site requirements, it is recommended to speak with your employer.


Do you offer online Height Safety training?

Due to the nature of the content covered in this training, we do not offer online training, with all courses being conducted face-to-face.

Course Details




1 Day (8:30am to 4:30pm)


72 Powells Avenue, Bendigo VIC 3550. This course can be delivered at your workplace.