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Fall Protection Questions


Online Fall Protection Course - FAQs

If you have any questions about the Alert First Aid Fall Protection course you should find it here. If you have a question that's not answered here, please give us a call at (250) 595-5323 or 1-866-282-5378 and we'll be happy to answer it for you immediately. 

What is Fall Arrest?

Fall Arrest includes travel restraints such as a harness, a lanyard and an anchorage point. In some instances it can include a safety net underneath the worker.

How often must I be trained in Fall Arrest?

Neither the Legislation nor the CSA states a training interval. Alert First Aid recommends that retraining should be performed at 2 year intervals. We have observed poor safety behaviour in even the most experienced operators after long periods without training. A periodic reminder of safety practices is a wise precaution for due diligence purposes. 

When do I need Fall Arrest / Fall Prevention?

Most provinces define this as "where a worker is exposed to the hazard of falling". If a worker has to work at a height above the ground or floor, and the hazard cannot be eliminated through an enclosure, guardrails, work platforms or fall restraint, fall protection is required.

What is Fall Protection Prevention or Restraint?

Fall Protection consists of passive measures such as guardrails designed to protect workers from the risk of falls when working at elevated heights. Fall restraint systems are used to keep workers safely away from where they might fall. It can be either a full-body harness or a waist belt attached to a lanyard attached to an anchorage point.

At what working height do I need Fall Arrest Equipment?

Provincially regulated workplaces in Canada require that anyone who faces a hazard of falling more than three metres (10 feet) is required to use fall arrest equipment that meets the legal standards. In Federally regulated workplaces the specified height is reduced to 2.4 metres. See Section 12.10

After a fall, can I use the harness/lanyard again?

Most provinces have words to the effect that after a fall protection system has arrested the fall of a worker, an employer must ensure that the system is not returned to service until it has been inspected and certified as safe by the manufacturer or a professional engineer.

Where can I review the CSA Standards for Fall Arrest Systems?

CSA Standard Z259.16-04, Design of Active Fall-Protection Systems and CSA Standard Z259.13-04, Flexible Horizontal Lifeline Systems

What about Fall Arrest in Confined Spaces?

Confined space entry systems are a category of equipment designed to retrieve the wearer if he or she is incapacitated inside a confined space. They consist of a full-body harness attached at the shoulders to a lifeline. The lifeline itself is attached to a winch, usually on a tripod to allow rescuers to reel in the worker should he or she become incapacitated.

How long will it take me to complete the Fall Protection training course?

Between 1-2 hours.

What do I do if I forget my password?

Give us a call or drop us a email.

Can I leave the course open in the background while I do other work?

Yes, no problem. 

What do I do if I run out of time? Do I have to complete in 1 session?

You can take the Fall Protection course in as many sessions, and as long as you like. The system will just time you out if there is no activity for a while, but you can just log in again and continue the course from where you left off.

What happens if I don't pass the final test?

You are allowed to repeat any or all sections of the course as many times as you need. You can take the final test up to 3 times to achieve the passing grade of 80%.

Once I have completed the course, do I get a certificate proving I have completed a Fall Protection training course?

Yes the administrator can print a training certificate once you pass the final test.

What happens if I fail, do I have to pay again?

Not at all. You are allowed to take the final test 3 times.

What if I lose my proof of training certificate or wallet card?

The training administrator can reprint the wallet card or Fall Protection training certificate for you.

How can I pay for the course?

You can pay online or give us a call we take Visa or Mastercard over the phone.

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