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In House Training

Area North deliver a wide range of in house training courses. Training can be delivered at one of our training venues or if you prefer and have a suitable venue we can arrange to come to you. We can deliver bespoke training tailored to your specific requirements and company operations. You will find further information and details relating to each course we offer below. If however you have any specific requirements, or do not see the course you are looking for, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

Our In House Training Courses

Abrasive Wheels

The aim of this course is to ensure the user of the abrasive wheel machines are fully capable and competent and fully understand the dangers associated with abrasive wheels and how to improve safety in the work area.

Course Content:
  • The potential hazards of use, how to identify and avoid them
  • The interpretation of marking systems, carrying out visual checks and ring tests
  • Speed to be adhered to in the wheel selection
  • Abrasive wheel: characteristics, cutting action, composition and marking system
  • How to mount a wheel and know the difference between dressing and truing a wheel
  • How to operate safely
  • PPE
  • Understanding the current legislations and where to get further information
  • Demonstrating knowledge on abrasive wheel
  • Abrasive wheel: characteristics, cutting action, composition and marking system
  • Conclusions

Asbestos Awareness

This course gives an overview of asbestos properties, history, uses, risk associated with exposure and future problems. It identify's safe problems and safe solutions with asbestos and identify's the hazards and risks.

Course Content
  • History of asbestos
  • Types of asbestos
  • Health hazards associated with asbestos
  • Various HSE videos
  • Construction trades most at risk of exposure
  • Prospective asbestos containing materials
  • General emergency procedures should asbestos be discovered/disturbed
  • Asbestos identification
  • Methods of control to include appropriate PPE
  • Control of asbestos at work regulations 2012 (Brief)

Cat & Genny

The aim of Cat & Genny training is to provide both site operatives and construction supervisors with the skills and knowledge to effectively and safely carry out cable avoidance work.

Course Content:
  • Health and Safety at Work Act 1974
  • Dangers from underground services
  • Understand the need for 'safe systems of work'
  • Understanding and knowledge of how cat and genny works in power, radio and genny more
  • Knowledge of how the genny is used to 'sweep an area'
  • Knowledge of the different accessories used with the cat and genny

Confined Space Awareness

The aim of the confined space awareness course is to prepare candidates with an understanding of the legal requirements surrounding confined space operations and implementing control measures to either eliminate or reduce potential risks. Candidates will learn how to implement appropriate accident and emergency procedures and identify the wide range of confined space safety equipment and its uses.

Course Content:
  • Definition and types of confined spaces
  • Safe working procedures
  • Confined space hazards
  • Atmosphere Monitoring
  • Breathing Apparatus
  • Access and ancillary
  • Risk Assessment
  • Permit to Work
  This course does not certificate the successful candidate to enter a Confined Space!

COSHH Awareness

The aims of the COSHH Assessment course is to give delegates the ability to identify the types of substance classed under COSHH, how to carry out risk assessments and safe systems of work and how to obtain data sheets for health & safety recording. This course is for delegates from any sector who will have basic health & safety duties including identification of substances harmful to health and associated management of these.

Course Content:
  • How to deal with substances
  • COSHH Symbols
  • COSHH Assessment Procedures
  • Health and safety Risks
  • Risk Assessment Process
  • Safety Data Sheets
  • Personal Protection Equipment - PPE
  • Permit to Work
  • Practical COSHH risk assessments

Environmental Awareness

This course is to make candidates aware of Health & Safety Laws, Regulations & issues with regard to Environmental Awareness in Construction. Candidates will be able to identify ways to manage waste more efficiently, be aware of the legal aspects, identify areas of good practice to manage resources to prevent pollution and to understand and be more aware of wildlife and plant issues.

Course Contents:
  • Sustainability
  • Buying resources
  • Managing waste
  • Managing resources
  • Preventing pollution
  • Considering neighbours
  • Wildlife & Plants

Face Fit Testing

Face fit testing is a simple test which checks whether a persons mask fits their face shape and size.  It is good practice to re-test at regular intervals.

Fire Awareness

The aims of the fire awareness course is to make employees more aware of how fires start, spread and are controlled. The course focuses on learning about the threats of fire in the workplace and the behaviour of fire, so that once completed, attendees will be fully aware of the unpredictable nature of fire and the appropriate action to take should they come into contact with one.

Course Content:
  • Identify the main legislation associated with Fire
  • List examples of sources of ignition, fuel & oxygen and relevant control measures
  • Identify the 4 main ways in which fire spreads
  • Identify different fire classifications and suitable extinguishers for each class
  • Describe how to operate an extinguisher

Fire Warden/Marshal

Fire Warden/Marshals are essential in the workplace to ensure that the building is evacuated quickly and completely. Moreover, if the areas of the building have been checked, the Fire Service, upon arrival, can be directed accurately. Fire Wardens/Marshals are given a designated area to ‘sweep search’ during a fire emergency and are responsible for ensuring that people evacuate the building safely and without panic or delay.

Course Content:
  • Fire Warden/Marshals Roles and Responsibilities
  • Human Behaviour
  • Fire Evacuation Coordinator’s Role
  • Fire Emergency Bag and Contents
  • Workplace Hazards and Risks
  • Classifications of Fire
  • First-Aid Fire Fighting Equipment and Practical
  • The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005
  •  Responsibility and Compliancy

Gin Wheel

The aim of this course is to give candidates such practical and theoretical knowledge to enable the use and be able to inspect a Gin Wheel/Rope in accordance with all statutory regulations, guidance notes and the manufacturer’s instructions.

Course Content:
  • Relevant Health & Safety Regulations
  • Personal Protective Equipment Requirements
  • Manual Handling
  • Inspection of Gin Wheel & Rope
  • Safety in the use of Gin Wheel & Rope
  • Safe Positioning whilst using a Gin Wheel & Rope
  • Selection of correct knots for various loads
  • Identify hazards and risks arising from the use of Gin Wheel & Rope

Hand Arm Vibration Syndrome

This course ensures that employees are adequately trained in accordance with The Control of Vibration at Work Regulations 2005. The training includes a simple explanation on the nature of vibration, how it can cause damage, how levels can be reduced and health risks minimised.

Course Content: 
  • What is HAVS
  • What causes HAVS
  • HAV advice
  • How to Reduce the risk of HAVS
  • Tools and Equipment
  • Legislation
  • Recognising HAVS
  • What to do if you have HAVS
  • Statistics

Harness Awareness

This course is to enable delegates to identify and select the correct form of safety harness and lanyard which is applicable to their role in the work place, and be able to inspect, fit and use them effectively.

Course Content:
  • Working at Height Regulations 2005
  • The responsibilities of the employer and employee
  • HSE Prosecutions/bad practice
  • The different types of harnesses and lanyards, and their practical applications
  • Working at Height Hierarchy
  • Harness Components
  • Carrying out inspections of equipment to ensure they are safe and fit for purpose (Visual Check)
  • Select and don a harness correctly

Harness Inspection

This course is designed to provide theoretical & practical training for operatives who are required to select, inspect and use harnesses for work at height, to ensure that the equipment is safe to use, is appropriate and that participants are aware of the type of harness and lanyard to be used on different applications.

Course Content:
  • Working at Height Regulations
  • Requirements for Inspection (Regulations, Standards & Guidance, INDG367)
  • Inspection Regime – Documentation
  • Inspection – How To
  • Common Faults
  • Practical Inspection Exercise

Health and Safety Awareness

This course is designed to give operatives an awareness of essential health and safety issues and how health and safety affects their day to day role. Delegates undertaking the course will be given a comprehensive introduction to health and safety within the workplace; incorporating current legislation, occupational health, manual handling and more.

Course Content:
  • Individual responsibilities for candidates own safety and the safety of others
  • Typical construction hazards and how these are controlled
  • How everyone can help achieve better practical standards of safety on site
  • Legal requirements and liabilities
  • Working at height
  • Manual handling
  • Fire prevention
  • Work equipment
  • Occupational health

Ladder Safety

This course has been designed for supervisors and operatives who regularly inspect, use and manage the safe use of ladders during the course of their work. This course teaches the required skills to carry out these tasks safely and in accordance with the ‘Working at Height’ Regulations. At the end of the course, delegates will be more aware of their responsibilities under current and new legislation and understand that accidents in most cases can be prevented.

Course Contents:
  • Background: Falls from height and ladder accident statistics
  • Legislation: Working at Height Regulations, Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations, Management of Health and Safety Regulations, Health and Safety at Work Act
  • Working at Height: Risk assessment, hierarchy of control, alternative methods of work, Permits to work
  • Ladders: Ratings and load limits, selection of equipment, manufacturers instructions, pre- use checks, detailed inspections, reporting and isolation of defective equipment, extending and raising of ladders, safe working angles, securing of ladders, climbing/descending of ladders (3 point contact), stepladder do’s and don’ts
  • Theory & Practical Assessment (Ladders & Stepladders)
  • Course summary & review, questions and answers

Manual Handling

This course should be undertaken by all, where a risk of injury may occur in the workplace, this may include, pushing, pulling, carrying or lifting, under the terms of:

  • Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999,The Manual Handling Operations Regulations 1992,
  • IND(G) 143 Getting to grips with manual handling
  • IND(G) 398 Are you making the best use of lifting & handling aids
  • HSG 115 Manual Handling: Solutions you can handle
  • HSG 149 Backs for the future

Course Content:
  • Legislation
  • Definition of Manual Handling
  • Causes of Accidents
  • The Spine
  • Vertebrae
  • Back Injuries
  • Mechanics of lifting
  • Avoidance of Manual Handling
  • Risk Assessments
  • Team Lifting

Mobile Towers

This course aims to give the delegate either basic or refresher training on mobile tower scaffolds. The aim of this course is for the delegate to understand the legislation governing mobile alloy towers, as well as the need for safe erection and dismantling of the towers

Course Contents:
  • HASAWA] 1974/Working at Height Regulations 2005
  • Standards and exemptions
  • Inspection of alloy tower components
  • Care, maintenance, transport, handling and storage
  • Hazards / Safe use of the tower
  • Practical Erection and Dismantling - 3 t - through the trap technique

Plant Training

More information coming soon.

Risk Assessment and Method Statements

This course is designed for staff who have to undertake Risk Assessments and produce Method Statements. The course will provide personnel with sound practical skills, the knowledge to carry out thorough Risk Assessments and then put in place suitable risk control measures, including valid Method Statements.

Course Content:
  • Introduction to Risk Assessment and common Health & Safety terms, including hazard & risk
  • Legal aspects of Risk Assessment
  • Hazards awareness exercises
  • Five steps to Risk Assessment
  • Types of Risk Assessment formats
  • Hierarchy of Control
  • Method Statement (Safe System of Work)
  • Risk Assessment Exercises
  • Production of Method Statement

Spill Kit Training

This course is to provide training to employees to help prevent and cope with liquid spills. Although this course is a non-accredited course it is based on the BSIF (British Safety Industry Federation) training course which includes spill control training and spill risk minimisation site assessments.

Course Content:
  • Risks involved with handling, storing and dispensing liquids
  • Dangers to the environment posed by liquids escaping from drums, pipes or other containers and thus having the potential to enter the drainage system and thus a watercourse
  • Prevention – looking at simple ways to prevent spills of liquids – various containment methods to prevent escape of spilt liquids into the environment – efficient handling of drums, containers and liquids to prevent escape of liquids and ensure the safety of the workforce
  • Materials and equipment useful for response in the clean-up of any spills or incidents that might occur
  • How to respond to the escape of any liquid in a spill situation

Working At Height

The aim of this course is to identify the factors involved in the assessment and control of the risks associated with working at heights. The course provides an understanding of how to apply the hierarchy of control measures to work at height, understanding of employer and employee duties in ensuring safe work at height procedures and the suitable equipment to minimise or eliminate the risk of falls from height.

Course Content:
  • H & S Law/Working at Height Regulations 2005
  • Fragile Surfaces
  • Falling Persons/Objects
  • General/System scaffolds (Quick-stage)
  • HSE Prosecutions
  • Inspection Requirements
  • Mewps/Scissors
  • Ladders & Stepladders
  • Mobile Towers


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