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Ground Floor, Helvetia House 80 Greenvale Rd, Wilbart Germiston, 1401
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Fall Protection Chamber

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Fall Protection Chamber

The Fall Protection Chamber of the IWH Professional Body represents the practitioners involved with Fall Arrest and Fall Prevention in South Africa. Fall arrest is the use of fall arrest equipment designed to arrest a fall of a person working in a fall risk position.
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DESIGNATIONS

“Professional designation” means a title or status conferred by a professional body in recognition of a person’s expertise and/or right to practice in an occupational field. Registration against a designation is valid for a period of 3 years, after which the practitioner has to apply for re-registration.

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Fall Protection Planner

A registered Fall Protection Planner is a professional responsible for the safety and protection of people working at height where there is a risk of injury from a fall.

The Fall Protection Planner:

  • Interprets the statutory requirements that must be met with regard to work at height
  • Ensures that safety at height is administered and managed within reasonable practicability.
  • Mainly considers work at height to be planned in accordance with:
    • Framework for the appointment/designation of required personnel to manage and perform work at height;
    • Information pertaining to the worksite;
    • Risk assessment in context of work height;
    • Relevant training requirements;
    • Medical fitness program;
    • Equipment management program;
    • Standard operating procedures, emergency procedures and;
    • Review of the fall protection plan.
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CRITERIA FOR OBTAINING THE PROFESSIONAL DESIGNATION

For the Professional Designation of Fall Protection Planner to be awarded, professionals must comply with the following minimum requirements:

Academic Component

Complete the following NQF registered unit standards:

  • Unit Standard 229998: Explain and perform fall arrest techniques when working at height (Level 1)
  • Unit Standard 229994: Perform a range of advanced fall arrest rescues (Level 4)

Practical/Workplace Experience

  • Must have completed a fall protection plan for a work site where work at height are performed under the supervision of a registered Fall Protection Planner or registered constituent Fall Protection Planner assessor.

Board Examination/Competency Assessment

  • Must successfully complete the IWH Prof Body’s Fall Protection Planner Professional Competency Assessment (This can also be used as RPL assessment instrument against the designation)
  • Must be in possession of a valid, current medical certificate
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CRITERIA FOR RETAINING THE PROFESSIONAL DESIGNATION

In order to ensure the currency of professional knowledge and to retain the Professional Designation, the professional must comply with the following minimum requirements:

Continuing Professional Development (CPD)

  • Members are required to provide proof to the IWH Prof Body of their CPD activities.
  • Members are required to accumulate 25 CPD points in a 3 year period by completing a range of recognized activities such as:

Compulsory (20 CPD points):

  • Proof of appointment as Fall Protection Planner in the preceding 12 months = 10 CPD points
  • Current valid Medical Certificate = 5 CPD points
  • IWH PB approved Fall Protection Planner Re-Assessment = 5 CPD points

Choose from any of the below (min 5 CPD points):

  • Membership with an international association / body for Rope Access or Fall Arrest = 2 CPD Points
  • Subscription to industry related trade magazine = 2 CPD Points (max)
  • Attendance of Work at Height conferences = 2 CPD Points
  • Committee member of an association / body nationally or internationally = 2 CPD Points
  • Registered with the IWH Professional Body as a constituent assessor / moderator = 5 CDP Points
  • Author of book / published article relating to work at height = 2 CPD Points
  • Evidence of CPD for a specific occupation = 2 CPD Points (e.g. electrician, welder etc)
  • Workshop on work ethics = 2 CPD points
  • Recognised workshop / Seminar on work at height and / or Rope Access or Fall Arrest = 2 CPD Points
  • Competence against a Rope Access Technician/Rope Access Practitioner/Rope Access Supervisor = 2 points
  • Refresher Fall Protection Planner Training programme = 5 CPD points
  • Fire fighting course = 2 CPD points
  • Recognised OHS training = 2 CPD points
  • First Aid Level Certificate = 2 CPD points
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BASIC FALL ARREST TECHNICIAN

The following Fall Arrest Registered Practitioner profiles are also recognised with the IWH PB:

For the Basic Fall Arrest Technician to be recognised by the IWH PB, he/she must comply with the following minimum requirements:

Academic Component

Complete the following NQF registered unit standards:

  • Unit Standard 229998: Explain and perform fall arrest techniques when working at height (Level 1)

Practical/Workplace Experience

Must complete IWH PB approved practical basic Fall Arrest Technician (real workplace simulation) assessment.

Board Examination/Competency Assessment

  • Must successfully complete the IWH Prof Body’s basic Fall Arrest Technician Professional Competency Assessment (This assessment can also be used as an RPL assessment against the designation).
  • Must be in possession of a valid, current medical certificate
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CRITERIA FOR RETAINING THE PROFESSIONAL DESIGNATION

In order to ensure the currency of professional knowledge and to retain the Professional Designation, the professional must comply with the following minimum requirements:

Continuing Professional Development (CPD)

  • Members are required to provide proof to the IWH Prof Body of their CPD activities.
  • Members are required to accumulate 25 CPD points in a 3 year period by completing a range of recognized activities such as:

Compulsory (20 CPD points):

  • Current valid Medical Certificate  =  5 CPD points
  • 2 CPD points per 100 relevant workplace hours to a max of 10 CPD points (Total 500 hours), logged within the preceding 12 months prior to re-registration
  • IWH PB approved Fall Arrest Operator Re-Assessment = 5 CPD points

Choose from any of the below (min 5 CPD points):

  • Membership with an international association / body for  Fall Arrest  =  2 CPD Points
  • Subscription to industry related trade magazine  =  2 CPD Points (max)
  • Attendance of Work at Height conferences  =  2 CPD Points
  • Committee member of an association / body nationally or internationally  =  2 CPD Points
  • Registered with the IWH Professional Body as a constituent assessor / moderator  =  5 CDP Points.
  • Author of book / published article relating to work at height  =  2 CPD Points
  • Evidence of CPD for a specific occupation  =  2 CPD Points (e.g. electrician, welder etc)
  • Workshop on work ethics =  2 CPD points
  • Recognised workshop / Seminar on work at height and / or Fall Arrest =  2 CPD Points
  • Competence against US 229999 and/or 229994 and/or rope access technician = 2 CPD Points
  • Refresher basic Fall Arrest Technician Training programme = 5 CPD points
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FALL ARREST TECHNICIAN

For the Fall Arrest Technician to be recognised by the IWH PB, he/she must comply with the following minimum requirements:

Academic Component

  • Unit Standard 229995: Install, use and perform basic rescues from fall arrest systems and implement the fall protection plan (Level 2)

Practical/Workplace Experience

  • Must complete IWH PB approved practical Fall Arrest Technician (real workplace simulation) assessment.
  • Proof of minimum 200 hours logged workplace experience (all registered technicians receive a logbook for this purpose) as a Basic Fall Arrest Technician

Board Examination/Competency Assessment

  • Must successfully complete the IWH Prof Body’s Fall Arrest Technician Professional Competency Assessment (This assessment can also be used as an RPL assessment against the designation).
  • Must be in possession of a valid, current medical certificate
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CRITERIA FOR RETAINING THE PROFESSIONAL DESIGNATION

In order to ensure the currency of professional knowledge and to retain the Professional Designation, the professional must comply with the following minimum requirements:

Continuing Professional Development (CPD)

  • Members are required to provide proof to the IWH Prof Body of their CPD activities.
  • Members are required to accumulate 30 CPD points in a 3 year period by completing a range of recognized activities such as:

Compulsory (25 CPD points):

  • Current valid Medical Certificate  =  5 CPD points
  • 2 CPD points per 200 relevant workplace hours to a max of 10 CPD points (for a total maximum of 1000 hours), logged within the preceding 12 months prior to re-registration
  • IWH PB approved Fall Arrest Technician Re-Assessment = 5 CPD points
  • First Aid Level 1 Certificate = 5 CPD points

Choose from any of the below (min 5 CPD points):

  • Membership with an international association / body for  Fall Arrest  =  2 CPD Points
  • Subscription to industry related trade magazine  =  2 CPD Points (max)
  • Attendance of Work at Height conferences  =  2 CPD Points
  • Committee member of an association / body nationally or internationally  =  2 CPD Points
  • Registered with the IWH Professional Body as a constituent assessor / moderator  =  5 CDP Points
  • Author of book / published article relating to work at height  =  2 CPD Points
  • Evidence of CPD for a specific occupation  =  2 CPD Points (e.g. electrician, welder etc)
  • Workshop on work ethics =  2 CPD points
  • Recognised workshop / Seminar on work at height and / or Fall Arrest =  2 CPD Points
  • Competence against US 229999 and/or 229994 and/or rope access technician = 2 CPD Points
  • Refresher Fall Arrest Technician Training programme = 5 CPD points
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FALL ARREST RESCUE TECHNICIAN

For the Fall Arrest Rescue Technician to be recognised by the IWH PB, he/she must comply with the following minimum requirements:

Academic Component

Complete the following NQF registered unit standards:

  • Unit Standard 229994: Assess a worksite for work at height and prepare a fall protection plan (Level 4)
  • Unit Standard 229995: Install, use and perform basic rescues from fall arrest systems and implement the fall protection plan (Level 2)
  • Unit Standard 229999: Perform a range of advanced fall arrest rescues (Level 4)

Practical/Workplace Experience

Must complete IWH PB approved practical Fall Arrest Rescue Technician (real workplace simulation) assessment.
Proof of 200 hours logged workplace experience as a Fall Arrest Technician

Board Examination/Competency Assessment

  • Must successfully complete the IWH Prof Body’s Fall Arrest Rescue Technician Professional Competency Assessment (This assessment can also be used as an RPL assessment against the designation).
  • First Aid Level 1 Certificate
  • Must be in possession of a valid, current medical certificate
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CRITERIA FOR RETAINING THE PROFESSIONAL DESIGNATION

In order to ensure the currency of professional knowledge and to retain the Professional Designation, the professional must comply with the following minimum requirements:

Continuing Professional Development (CPD)

  • Members are required to provide proof to the IWH Prof Body of their CPD activities.
  • Members are required to accumulate 30 CPD points in a 3 year period by completing a range of recognized activities such as:

Compulsory (25 CPD points):

  • Current valid Medical Certificate  = 5 CPD points
  • 200 hours of supervising an actively working fall arrest team = 2 CPD points to a max of 10 CPD points (Total 1000 hours), logged within the preceding 12 months prior to re-registration (Supervision refers to: Supervision of a fall arrest operation under normal circumstances).
  • IWH PB approved Fall Arrest Rescue Technician Re-Assessment = 5 CPD points
  • First Aid Level 1 Certificate = 5 CPD points

Choose from any of the below (min 5 CPD points):

  • Coordinate an actual rescue in the unlikely event of a fall arrest accident = 2 CPD points
  • Membership with an international association / body for Rope Access or Fall Arrest  =  2 CPD Points
  • Subscription to industry related trade magazine  =  2 CPD Points (max)
  • Attendance of Work at Height conferences  =  2 CPD Points
  • Committee member of an association / body nationally or internationally  =  2 CPD Points
  • Registered with the IWH Professional Body as a constituent assessor / moderator  =  5 CDP Points
  • Author of book / published article relating to work at height  =  2 CPD Points
  • Evidence of CPD for a specific occupation  =  2 CPD Points (e.g. electrician, welder etc)
  • Workshop on work ethics =  2 CPD points
  • Recognised Workshop / Seminar on work at height and / or Fall Arrest =  2 CPD Points
  • Competence against US  229994 and/or US 229996 = 2 CPD Points
  • Refresher Fall Arrest Rescue Technician Training programme = 5 CPD points

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