The most common and the single biggest cause of workplace fatalities and major injury on sites in South Africa is falls from height. We are witnessing constant breach of regulations by construction, agricultural, cleaning, mining industries and other related stakeholders throughout South Africa. The Institute for Work at Height is addressing these challenges through collaboration thereby facilitating positive change and an improved safety culture across all industries in SA.
IFWH Professional Body
The Institute for Work at Height Professional Body (IWH PB) is recognised by the South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA) as the Professional Body for the work at height industry in South Africa.
Who does it affect?
- All persons involved in working at heights that are exposed to the risk of falling.
- Any person that wears a safety harness at work.
- All persons that employ other persons that have to perform work whilst at height.
- All persons that use contractors to carry out work whilst working at height.
- All designers of structures that will expose persons to the risks of working at height.
- All builders of such structures.
- All clients that have such structures erected on their behalf.
- Accredited Providers that train persons who work at height.
What does it mean for the industry?
- Regulated training of all persons exposed to the risks of working at height, strictly in accordance with the requirements of the National Qualifications Framework (NQF).
- All persons that are trained in accordance with the NQF can apply for membership of the IWH PB and if found to be competent, such persons will be awarded a professional designation and become registered practitioners of the Institute.
- The IWH PB also recognises certain non-credit bearing (LNQ) work at height training programmes for which practitioners will receive official recognition.
- All such registered practitioners are bound by a code of conduct that is administered by the IWH PB. Any practitioner that is found guilty of a serious breach of this code can have his/her professional designation/recognition revoked by the professional body.
- All complaints against unsafe working practices by registered practitioners that are received by the IWH PB will be are investigated by its rules committee.
- All accredited training providers are carefully monitored to ensure that the training standard offered meets with the requirements of the NQF and those of the IWH PB.
- Peace-of-mind for clients that make use of the services of such registered practitioners.
How does this affect Practitioners and Training Providers?
- Any person that wishes to be awarded a professional designation or receive IWH PB recognition must seek the support of a training provider that is recognised by the IWH PB and that can offer the correct training.
- Any training provider that wishes to offer training that leads to the awarding of a professional designation or IWH PB approved programmes in the work at height industry should seek recognition from the professional body.
- All accredited training providers who wishes to be recognised by the IWH PB are encouraged to contact the professional body to make arrangements for evaluation of their learning materials, trainers and facilities. All recognised training providers will then be listed on the IWH PB website and are entitled to display the words “IWH PB Recognised Training Provider” on their documentation.
What does it mean for the IWH PB to be recognised by SAQA?
- Since the IWH PB was registered with SAQA, all the recipients of NQF based training that are found to be competent can be registered against a SAQA registered designation and issued with a ‘Licence-to-operate’ ID card and certificate stating that the person is a “Registered Practitioner”. These persons are allowed to use that title and place Corresponding designator letters behind their names.
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- Designations are valid for a period of 3 years unless specified otherwise. The Professional Body also recognises various non-credit bearing and skills programmes.
What about Accreditation and Quality Assurance of Training Providers?
- The quality assurance of all training in occupational qualifications, resides with the Quality Council for Trade and Occupations (QCTO). The QCTO has delegated this function to some of the relevant SETA ETQA’s and other Quality Assurance Bodies.
- All training providers, assessors and moderators operating in the work at height sector are still required to apply to the relevant Quality Assurance Body for accreditation before recognition with the IWH PB can be granted.
IWH Trade Association
The Institute for Work at Height is a Trade Association which came about as a merger of the SAEMA (Specialised Access Equipment Manufacturers Association) and RAFAA (Rope Access and Fall Arrest Association) in January 2009 as both Associations recognised the common factor was “working at height”. The degree of success of an organisation such as the IWH Trade depends to a large extent upon member participation and input into its affairs. Membership affords the opportunity of sharing experiences and knowledge to fellow members. Membership is voluntary and is open to enterprises for whom the supply of equipment and/or contracting services concerning work at height is their core business. No Industry can afford to be without its own authoritative National Body, as a fragmented industry is of little or no consequence to Government, Industry stakeholders, or the end-user. The association therefor creates a “unified voice”
Technical Standards and Good Practice Notes
The Institute is represented on all relevant work at height Technical Committees at the South African Bureau of Standards (SABS). These committees research and develop South African National Standards (SANS). Published standards are the end result reflecting the views and values of the people who serve on these committees involving SABS expert standard writers and facilitators, other government representatives, sector experts, industry bodies, NGO’s consumer groups and other stakeholders. The development and publishing of Good Practice Notes is an on-going activity of the Institute. These notes provide guidance in achieving best practice in a particular sector of the work at height industry, and by following this advice it makes it easier to account to clients for your action/s.
Outsourcing of work at height services
The outsourcing of work at height services is common practice, as evidenced by the fact that many clients require organisations who offer these services to be a member of the Institute. This in itself illustrates that clients have confidence that IWH members are professionally qualified and competent to carry out the work required.
The Institute convenes Chamber meetings from time to time which provide a forum for members to network and discuss matters of mutual interest. Latest industry news is sent out to members on an on-going basis. The Institute acts as a conduit in representing industry views to the relevant Government Departments and also the Private Sector.
The Institute is the only source for raising the level of professionalism and in turn status of the work at height industry. As such, the Institute adopts a pro-active marketing approach in promoting its interests with regard to:
- Client awareness of the benefits of enlisting the services of an IWH member.
- Promoting the image of the work at height industry.
- Providing information relevant to the Institute’s membership and the Industry at large.
- The Institute issues media releases from time to time which are sent to trade journals and the like for publication. These releases are also shown on our web-site.
Member Company advertising on the association’s website is available at attractive rates.
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