The Workplace Safety and Health Act of 2006 put in place a requirement that all employers develop a plan for dealing with emergencies in the workplace. One way many employers are addressing this concern is through Rescue Courses for their employees. Rescue training courses not only keep workplaces in compliance with federal regulations, they also ensure employees work in a safe environment. A good program of rescue training should include rope access training, rescue after a fall, and occupational first aid.
Rope Access Training
This type of training is recommended for any workers who access industrial rope as a part of their regular work routine. A rope access training course should cover the hazards associated with rope access, methods of inspecting and maintaining the equipment used, factors that increase the likelihood of a fall, and safe rigging methods. Practical applications of the course content should involve specific methods of fall protection, safety checklists and procedures, rope transfers and climbing, and multiple rescue methods for a person who has fallen and is suspended by a rope.
Rescue After A Fall
This type of training is recommended for supervisors who oversee workers who might fall from a height. A good rescue course should introduce the need for fall protection and go over specific Work at Heights (WAH) regulations. In addition, the course should address what to consider when performing an emergency rescue, how to select proper anchors, and what the dangers are to a person who is suspended from a rope or pulley. Trainees should learn how to safely attach, lower, and lift a person who has fallen while attached to a lanyard.
Occupational First Aid
Occupational first aid training is designed to teach basic life-saving skills to any employee designated as a first-aid responder within his or her work area. An occupational first aid course will typically include CPR, rescue breathing, and use of AED devices. In addition, participants should learn the basic principles of first aid and be able to respond to a fellow worker who has an eye injury, a burn, a fracture, a soft-tissue injury, or is unconscious. Participants should learn how to touch or move injured coworkers without causing further harm.