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A new type of rooftop training course with online learning and virtual reality exercises has been launched in the UK.
The Certified Blended Learning Rooftop Training Course allows trainees to complete the educational section of the course online – which has previously had to be completed in-person in a structured one-day session.
The course, developed by Arco Professional Safety Services, is approved by the Mast & Tower Safety (MATS) Group and accredited by Energy & Utility Skills Register (EUSR).
It aims to give those attending the skills and experience required to safely access flat roofs in protected and unprotected areas.
Steve Dawson, Manager – Working at Height Training at Arco Professional Safety Services, said: “When it comes to working from height, regard for safety is paramount.
“We’re proud to be able to offer this brand-new training course carefully designed with the considerations to keep people safe when working on rooftops.
“Arco understands the necessity to provide these learning opportunities with specialist support to ensure the safety of workers where it matters most.”
This blended learning version of the Rooftop Worker Scheme sees participants complete seven online modules which can be accessed as often as needed.
Topics covered include legislation for working at height, risk assessment awareness, rooftop hazards and control measures, PPE – pre use checks and fitting harness, helmet, fall arrest and work positioning lanyards, safe use of portable ladders, edge protection, horizontal and vertical systems – fixed and temporary, climbing techniques using harnesses, lanyards, and fixed systems and awareness of emergency procedures.
Once completed, candidates have 90 days to attend a practical training and assessment session at one of four possible sites in Stafford, Bracknell, Trafford or Linlithgow, Scotland.
The Rooftop Worker Scheme certificate will be valid for three years once completed.
For more information about the course visit the website.