Basic Harness Course


ESS Certificate

Course duration

Half Day

Certificate valid for

3 years

Our basic safety harness training course is suitable for any persons who may be exposed to falls from height, whether in construction, maintenance or retail, and require further knowledge and understanding to prevent accidents, injuries or near misses when using a Harness and any associated equipment. The course highlights various hazards, basic awareness information and covers both theoretical and practical awareness training on the safe use of a harness.

Falls from height still remains the highest cause of workplace fatalities within the UK.

Basic Harness Training Course Overview

  • Work at height recognition, definitions & Regulations
  • Hazard identification, collective & personal protection
  • Safe work at height procedures (including fall factors)
  • Harness & restraint system awareness & fitting
  • Inspection & record keeping – Harness, fall arrest lanyard, helmet, sling & connector
  • Fall arrest, work restraint & work positioning awareness
  • Use of fall arrest, work restraint (inertia reels, fall arrest lanyards)

Health & Safety at work act 1974 Regulations;

  • Personal protective Equipment at work regulations 1992
  • Lifting operations & lifting equipment regulations 1998
  • Management of Health & Safety at work 2005
  • A brief guide to working safely (INDG258)

Learner Numbers

In order to ensure the interaction between the learners and the tutor is spread evenly and effectively, the maximum number of learners allowed on a course is twelve.

A full observation by a competent ESS trainer and a multiple choice question paper.

Successful learners will be awarded an Essential Site Skills Basic Harness Course certificate valid for 3 years.

Benefits of Work at Height training

Second to Respiratory related illnesses only, Work at Height is the 2nd biggest cause of workplace deaths throughout the UK across all industries. To safeguard both the employer and employee, training on working at height procedures and processes is a MUST to avoid potential life changing injuries, if not death to an employee. A suitable and sufficient risk assessment for high risk activities must be carried out with the necessary safety precautions implemented and controlled - the only way to ensure legal and practical compliance is by attending one of our informative Work at Height courses.

Any person who is, or intending to work at height, and in particular those wearing a harness, must receive awareness and practical training on how to inspect and fit a harness correctly.