Rescue Harness must be worn.

Rescue Harness Course Introduction

A rescue harness fitted with a overhead rescue attachments is designed to protect you in a fall but is not designed for prolonged suspension.

In the event of a fall the harness is designed to absorb the shock forces and, through its system of straps and buckles, distributes them to the parts of the body best suited to absorb force and support your weight.  Should this happen, provided the harness is worn and adjusted correctly to suit the individual, the spine will be kept vertical which –

  • is the best body position to absorb the compressive forces of a fall.
  • ensures fall arrest devices will properly deploy or work
  • is the optimal body position for rescuing or lowering a person to a safe location especially through tight or restrictive openings.

The rescue harness needs to be selected to ensure proper fit the user, that it is thoroughly examined and tested before use and is adjusted using all of the straps and buckles to ensure a snug, but not overly-tight fit.  

This training course, more than adequately, covers these requirements.

Rescue Harness Course Design.

The Rescue Harness Course is intended for anyone required to select, test, wear and adjust a rescue harness.  

This training is delivered as part of Confined Space Training Courses but is offered here as “Stand Alone” training for:

  1. Initial training
  2. Refresher training
  3. Qualification update from Low Risk Confined Space to Medium Risk Confined Space.

Rescue Harness Course Content

The course consists of:

Knowledge Element.

  1. Awareness of the legislation, guidance documents and approved codes.
  2. Explanation of the purpose and use of a rescue harness.
  3. Identification and naming the main features of the harness.
  4. Selection criteria and CE conformity
  5. Explanation of test procedures, competent person and legal requirements of LOLER.
  6. Detailed examination and inspection of the harness.
  7. Recognition of expiry date of the harness based on date of manufacture or date of first use.
  8. Completion of test records.
  9. Detailing the faults, defects or wear and tear that would render a harness unsafe for use.
  10. Detailing other factors that would prevent the use of a harness.
  11. Identification of approved attachments, how to correctly attach and use.
  12. Recognition of suspension syncope, its effects and actions to take in accordance with current guidelines and advice.
  13. Emergency procedures.
  14. Harness care and cleanliness.

Practical Element.

  • Donning and adjustment of the harness
  • Safe wearing and actual use.
    Actual use covers the wearing of the harness attached to a rescue retrieval device and being winched out of an access chamber.

Suspension Trauma

  • Description of the cause and effects of suspension trauma
  • Identifying the people at risk from suspension trauma
  • Recognising the time limit for the onset of suspension trauma in an immobile person
  • Recognition of the importance to maintain circulation when suspended
  • Recognising the signs and symptoms of suspension trauma
  • Description of venous pooling
  • Listing the factors that can affect the degree of trauma
  • Detailing the actions to be taken when rescuing persons suspected of suffering from suspension trauma.
  • Recognising the need for specialist medical support.
  • Identifying preventative equipment
REscue Harness in Confined Space.

Rescue Harness Course Pre-requisites


Rescue Harness Course Notes

  1. It is a legal requirement that all employees required to use a safety harness receive training.
  2. The training detailed on this page is “generic” Rescue Harness training
  3. Training can be carried out at your premises provided suitable resources are available:
    • Sufficient space to accommodate course numbers
    • Space to use whiteboard, laptop and projector
    • External training area for practical training and exercises..
  4. We use IKAR Rescue Harnesses for training. 
  5. We can design and deliver training for other manufacturers equipment.
  6. Specific training can be designed and delivered to meet your needs.
Contact Us

Rescue Harness Course Venue

Training can be conducted at:

  • Fire Safety Trainer practical training premises.
    Details of these can be found on the contact page.
  • Your premises.  Please see the attached notes.
  • Other suitable agreed venues.

Rescue Harness Course Duration

Rescue Harness  2 hrs 

Rescue Harness + Retrieval Equipment  4 hrs

Rescue Harness Course Size

Maximum 12
Minimum 6

Rescue Harness Course Assessment

  • In house written tick box questionnaire
  • Practical assessment and recorded to our standards

Rescue Harness Course Qualification

  • Candidates will obtain our company certification of successful pass.
  • Certificates will be sent to the company and not to individual candidates and will be valid for 3 years.

Rescue Harness Course Refresher

Determined by Employer based on:

  • Perceived need
  • Change in equipment