About the HS4 Work & Rescue at Height Supervisors Course.

In this day & age height safety systems and work methods are evolving at an ever increasing rate. Along with this there is greater pressure than ever on employers, supervisors and workers to adopt and adhere to OH & S regulations and Work Cover guidelines. Supervisors and team leaders are under increasing pressure to train and equip their workers appropriately and it is with this in mind we developed the HS4 Work & Rescue at Height Supervisors Course. Over three days we will introduce you to the latest fall arrest & work positioning systems, harnesses, anchors, static lines and post fall retrieval devices as well as covering relevant legislation, standards and guidelines. We look at the threat posed by Harness Hang Syndrome to an unconscious suspended operator and assist in developing new workplace strategies to make your site safer.


The course is both theoretical and practical with an emphasis on real life scenarios and hands on practice by students of each of the systems and devices discussed.




The HS4 course identifies the following nine units:


Select, use and maintain equipment for working at height

We look at height safety equipment selection, inspection regimes and maintenance processes. In depth information on harness types, fall arrest systems, work positioning methods and rope access techniques is provided in realistic scenarios.


Interpret legislation

Relevant OH & S regulations, Australian Standards and Work Cover guidelines are discussed in detail.


Conduct a risk assessment for working at height (based on AS / NZS 4360: 1999 Risk Management)

An OH & S requirement for all specified work at height (>2 metres in NSW), we look at the Risk Management Standard AS4360 and the hierarchy of risks & fall protection options.


Implement & monitor risk management policies & procedures for working at height

Implementation of procedures and appropriate management of risk specific to your workplace.


Use a ladder to gain access to the work position

Work Cover Guide 4503 Use of Portable Ladders is discussed and methods implemented in scenario based activities.


Install an anchor system

Personal fall restraint / arrest, work positioning, temporary static line and retrieval system anchors are all covered. We look at safe use of round & flat slings, eyebolts, masonry fixtures, roof anchors and other temporary devices such as I beam clamps, manuclaves, scaffold hooks and so on.


Demonstrate vertical mobility at height

Ladder safe systems, tower lanyards, rope grabs and abseil / ascending systems are all identified.


Work in a vertical environment while supported by a rope suspension system

An introduction to the wide ranging capabilities of rope access and work positioning techniques.


Respond to emergencies at height

Harness Hang Syndrome and the need for immediate response, post fall recovery systems and patient transport devices are discussed and demonstrated.


These units are delivered contextually within a framework of industrial height safety.

Students receive a nationally recognized Statement of Attainment on successful completion of the training & assessment.



3 days (24 contact hours)



Please contact our office or see SAR Program Info for rates.

Minimum number of four students per course. The course fee covers training resources, all equipment, assessment, provision of Statements of Attainment.



Must be at least 17 years of age

Speak, read and understand the English language (unless accompanied by a skilled translator)

Fit and healthy for working at height



On-the-job or at a site that provides realistic workplace conditions.



Existing personal or workplace equipment (if possessed) should be used for consistency, however SAR will supply the latest in height safety, work positioning and rescue gear as well as individual PPE (personal protective equipment).



Statement of Attainment in Height Safety Techniques.


HS4 Work & Rescue at Height Supervisors Course


HS1 Basic Harness Awareness

HS2 Fall Arrest Systems

HS3 Work Positioning

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