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SAEMA User Training, which was launched in January 2021, is a unique way for those who work at height to be assessed on their technical understanding of the processes and equipment involved.

Part 1 of the User Training is a theory test that can be taken remotely, at the user’s convenience. It can be accessed securely on SAEMA’s training website ( via the user’s computer or device.

Almost 320 certificates and virtual cards have now been issued, signifying that the user has passed Part 1 of SAEMA User Training.

The virtual card is stored on the user’s smartphone and can be checked by Duty Holders in real time when users arrive on site for Part 2 Training – the practical element, which has a standardised syllabus.

Part 2 – On-Site Training – was launched in August last year, after a successful trial period. The course content is outlined below.

Unit 1 – General, which includes:

  • Arrival on site
  • Site-specific hazards
  • O&M Manual
  • Duty Holder’s Responsibilities
  • Emergency, Evacuation and Breakdown Procedures
  • Communication
  • RAMS Checks
  • LOLER Report
  • Test Certificate
  • PPE Check
  • Exclusion Zones

Unit 2 – Safety Checks, which includes:

  • Roof Access and Pedestrian Routes
  • Weather
  • Obstructions
  • Exclusion Zones
  • Accessing and Egressing Equipment
  • Preparation of Equipment
  • Signage
  • Complete Pre-list Checklist
  • Communication Check

Unit 3 – Demonstration of SAE Controls and Functions

Unit 4 – Assessment of Candidate

Unit 5 – Emergency/Evacuation/Breakdown Procedures

Unit 6 – Completion of Works

It is well worth remembering that falls from height remain one of the biggest causes of workplace fatalities and major injuries, as reported by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE). Until now, the task of giving operatives the required level of background knowledge and experience was widely variable. That’s why SAEMA User Training is helping to advance the industry with regard to training and worker safety delivered consistently to all users by all member companies.

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