Training FAQ’s – Rescuer Re-Certifications – Why they are needed, what’s the process?
Why are they needed, Whats the process?
Day to day, we receive a lot of questions from people looking to start up a company, get into the industry or just get a better overall understanding of what is required to safely and compliantly work in the Telecom Industry.
In this newsletter, we want to spend some time talking about one of the most overlooked certifications in the industry. The Rescue certification. While this course goes hand in hand with the Climber certification, and you cannot be certified in one but not the other, many people aren’t aware of what goes into the two courses.
Climber vs Rescuer – What’s the Difference?
The first confusion we often see is that this certification is known by a few different names, most frequently: “Authorized or Competent Climber/Rescuer”, “Tower Safety and Rescue”, or “Fall Protection” certifications. Secondly, many don’t know that the two different portions of this certification have two different re-certification requirements. The Climber certification and the Rescuer certification must be renewed at different intervals.
Breaking it down, the Competent Climber portion of the course has a 2 year expiration and covers a combined two days of both classroom and “Hands On” training on the tower.
The Competent Rescuer portion of the course has a 1 year expiration and is one day of “Hands On” tower rescue training
The industry mandated standards that lay out the climbing and rescue requirements that workers must follow is the NATE CTS and ANSI Z359 standard.
How to train for the Rescuer Re-certification
There are 2 ways that companies are able to recertify the rescuer certification.
1 – Just check the boxes and wait until your year is coming up, send your employee through the tower portion of class and move on.
2 – For companies enrolled in the in-house Train the Trainer program may recertify throughout the year. Instead of waiting until the 1 year expiration date comes up to retrain your crews – potentially requiring to shut them all down for a day to do so – make up the time throughout the year. You can do this when you’re on site waiting for equipment, or when you get to the first job-site of the week/month rig up your ropes and run through 2-3 rescues for 15-30 minutes.
As long as you log each time you do this, by the time you get to the end of the year, your team will have done the required 8-16 hours of refresher training. Not only will this cut down the time away from work but running constant refresher trainings will make sure that your crews are ALWAYS going to be ready and know what to do in the event of an emergency.
Safety LMS recommends that all companies follow this schedule regardless if they have an in house trainer or not. You can never be too ready for a rescue.
Although a brief outline, we hope that this may help a few companies understand the difference between the 2 courses and what you need to do to stay compliant with all of the certifications required to work in the industry.
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We hope that this may have answered some questions that you or your company may have been asking. If you would still like to get more information on this topic, please don’t hesitate to reach out!
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