We are experts on safety. Our courses combine theory and practice and teach about the inspection, maintenance, and safe use of personal fall protection equipment.

Training as a specialist in the inspection and assessment of personal fall protection equipment

Personal fall protection equipment has to meet high requirements as it is intended to protect lives. This means that in addition to proper production and use, such equipment also needs to be regularly inspected. The training provides the background knowledge and practical skills needed to professionally inspect, maintain, and assess personal fall protection equipment and is conducted in accordance with DGUV Principle 312-906. 

  • What is PPE?

    Personal protective equipment (PPE) is used to protect people against one or more risks to their health or safety. It is carried, held, or worn by the user. In other words, PPE is used wherever there are risks to a person's health or life. Examples of risks can include respiratory damage due to toxic fumes/smoke, hearing damage due to loud noises, falling objects, or falls from great height. Breathing devices, hearing protection, cut protection pants, work safety footwear, protective helmets, and harnesses are all examples of PPE. Permanently installed safety equipment, such as nets or anchor points, is not classed as PPE as it is not something that people carry or wear.
    Regulation (EU) 2016/425 regulates which items are classed as PPE in the European Union.

    Personal fall protection equipment (PFPE) is a sub-category of PPE that protects people against falls when working at height.

    In commercial and institutional contexts, PFPE is used, amongst others, by scaffolders, roofers, fitters, special police units, fire services, and work-at-height rescue teams, i.e. by people who are exposed to dangerous heights and depths within the scope of their work.

    PFPE is also used in the sport and leisure sector, for example in climbing gyms, on high ropes courses, and in the mountains.

    If PPE fails, major risk to life and limb ensues. The requirements regarding the design and manufacture of PPE are therefore accordingly strict. They are legally stipulated by Regulation (EU) 2016/425 and the 8th Regulation on the Product Safety Act—8. ProdSV. To protect users, it is not only the requirements to be met by new PPE that are important, but also regular inspections and servicing.

  • Training objective

    The qualification aims to familiarize participants with the field of personal fall protection equipment as well as the pertinent laws, regulations, and rules in relation to occupational safety and accepted engineering practices so that they can assess the orderly condition of equipment under consideration of its intended use.
    Depending on the course (see course description), the training may cover one or more sub-areas of application for PPE:

    • Personal fall protection equipment
    • Equipment for (special) rescue from heights and depths
    • Equipment for rope access and positioning work
    • Equipment for rope climbing techniques
    • Equipment based on device sets for the fire brigade
    • Mountaineering equipment
    • Equipment for sports and leisure facilities, high ropes courses, and rope techniques for outdoor education
    • Equipment for height intervention techniques
    • Equipment for mountain rescue services/teams

    Company-related content requests are gladly considered and discussed during the course.

  • Course content

    Rules, regulations, and standards:

    • National occupational safety regulations, EC Directives on PPE
    • Technical regulations (e.g. DIN/EN standards); BGR 198, BGR 199
    • CE mark, standardization and certification process

     

    Proper handling of personal fall protection equipment:

    • Areas of use and application of PPE
    • PPE designs, assessment, selection, and components
    • Proper handling, storage, cleaning, and maintenance
    • Manufacturers' guidelines and their implementation (e.g. product information)

     

    Inspection and assessment:

    • Materials and construction
    • Inspection and assessment by a specialist
    • Organization and documentation of the product inspection

     

    Practical testing:

    • Construction of PPE components
    • Assessment and comments on various defects and types of damage

     

    Product areas:

    • EN harness systems (EN 1497, EN 1498, EN 358, EN 361, EN 813, EN 12277)
    • Ropes (EN 1891, EN 892, EN 564)
    • Connectors (EN 362, EN 12275)
    • Lanyards and slings (EN 354, EN 795, EN 566, EN 565)
    • Energy absorbers (EN 355, EN 958)
    • Rope devices (EN 12841, EN 1496, EN 341, EN 353-2, EN 12278, EN 567, EN 15151)
    • Helmets (EN 12492, EN 397)
    • Miscellaneous (12270 chocks, EN 12276 camming devices, EN 893 crampons, EN 13089 ice tools, EN 568 ice anchors)
  • Eligibility requirements

    All training participants must:

    • be at least 18 years of age
    • demonstrably possess sufficient practical and theoretical knowledge with regard to the use and handling of personal fall protection equipment in the relevant sub-area as a result of their professional training and experience.

     

    The following list provides examples of evidence considered to be sufficient for the various sub-areas:

    • Personal fall protection/rescue equipment: training certificates, entrance tests
    • Special rescue from heights and depths: proof of practical experience (recommendation by the Professional Fire Brigades' Working Group (AGBF)—special rescues from heights and depths)
    • Rope access and positioning work: at least level 1 (see DGUV information 212-001)
    • Rope climbing techniques: at least RCT level B (see Gartenbau-Berufsgenossenschaft (German Landscapers' Association) guidance GBG 1.1)
    • Equipment based on device sets for the fire brigade: basic course according to AGBF recommendations
    • Mountaineering equipment: professional sports training or mountain guide aptitude test
    • High ropes courses and rope techniques for outdoor education: person qualified in the fields of sports and leisure facilities, high ropes courses, and rope techniques for outdoor education, a rescuer as a minimum or with a higher level of training
    • Height intervention techniques: proof of service, height intervention technique group, training certificates
    • Mountain rescue: proof of completed basic training (summer-winter course)
  • Location, duration and required materials

    Location:
    The courses are held at Edelrid in Isny, Germany, or at one of our audited training partners. The training site is indicated in the course list.

    Duration:
    The course lasts three days (from 8 a.m. to approx. 6 p.m. each day with a 30-minute lunch break).

    Required materials:

    • Please bring a Wi-Fi-compatible laptop or tablet and a pen and paper.
    • Course documents will be provided.
    • If you have any, you are welcome to bring used climbing products for demonstration purposes or to subject to destructive testing in the Edelrid laboratory.
  • Corona measures

    By following the rules below, we reduce the risk of COVID-19 infection in the training center to a reasonable level:

    • The maximum number of course participants is restricted to eight.
    • The training premises are large enough to enable a minimum distance of 1.5 m between participants at all times.
    • If the 1.5 m distance cannot be maintained, we provide face masks.
    • If objects are touched by several people (e.g. demo materials), either these are disinfected or gloves are provided.
    • All participants must complete a coronavirus questionnaire and must not attend the training course or enter the company building if they have any COVID-19 symptoms, such as a cough or high temperature.
    • To protect others, participants are encouraged to follow hygiene recommendations when coughing or sneezing. They must also regularly wash their hands with soap and water.

    *The coronavirus measures used by our training partners may vary. Please contact the relevant training partner for information about their protective measures prior to starting the course.

  • Recertification

    According to the DGUV principle 312-906, the qualification as a competent person must be maintained. With this refresher course, competent persons fulfil their duty of care as required by the DGUV principle to continuously adapt their knowledge to the state of the art.

    Edelrid recommends that PPE competent persons refresh their knowledge every 3 years by taking part in a PPE competence training seminar in order to stay up to date with standards, regulations and products.

    The content of the training covers all areas.

    The prerequisite for participation is a successfully completed training as a competent person for the inspection and assessment of PPE against falls from a height.

  • Individual training courses

    Do you want to organise PPE technical training for your company with selected sub-areas or supplemented by application knowledge? Then we or one of our cooperation companies worldwide will be happy to offer you a customised solution.

    Examples:

    • 2 or 3 days of technical training with selected sub-areas
    • 4 or 5 days of PPE technical training supplemented by user knowledge for consolidation or preparation
    • 1 day introduction to the assessment of PPE with confirmation of participation

    Modern seminar rooms and practical training opportunities offer real added value alongside professional and experienced trainers with specialist manufacturer knowledge.

    Please send us your contents and requirements in the contact form with the desired location.

    Contact form
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    Achener Weg 66
    88316 Isny im Allgäu

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Name
Type of course
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Location
Course provider
Language
 
PPE Training
PPE Training
Type of course
Training
Start
29. – 31.08.2022
Start
29.08.22
End
29.08.22
Language
Location
Bremen
Course provider
Steady Climbing GmbH
Location
Bremen
Course provider
Steady Climbing GmbH
Language
PPE Training
PPE Training
Type of course
Training
Start
05. – 07.09.2022
Start
05.09.22
End
05.09.22
Language
Location
Hamburg
Course provider
Hanse Climbing GmbH
Location
Hamburg
Course provider
Hanse Climbing GmbH
Language
PPE Training
PPE Training
Type of course
Training
Start
14. – 16.09.2022
Start
14.09.22
End
14.09.22
Language
Location
Köln
Course provider
Kölner Seil Kommando GmbH
Location
Köln
Course provider
Kölner Seil Kommando GmbH
Language
PPE Training
PPE Training
Type of course
Training
Start
27. – 29.09.2022
Start
27.09.22
End
27.09.22
Language
Location
Isny
Course provider
EDELRID
Location
Isny
Course provider
EDELRID
Language
PPE Training
PPE Training
Type of course
Training
Start
10. – 12.10.2022
Start
10.10.22
End
10.10.22
Language
Location
Bremen
Course provider
Steady Climbing GmbH
Location
Bremen
Course provider
Steady Climbing GmbH
Language
PPE Training
PPE Training
Type of course
Training
Start
18. – 20.10.2022
Start
18.10.22
End
18.10.22
Language
Location
Isny
Course provider
EDELRID
Location
Isny
Course provider
EDELRID
Language
PPE Training
PPE Training
Type of course
Training
Start
25. – 26.10.2022
Start
25.10.22
End
25.10.22
Language
Location
Haiger
Course provider
Hailo Wind Systems
Location
Haiger
Course provider
Hailo Wind Systems
Language
PPE Training
PPE Training
Type of course
Training
Start
09. – 11.11.2022
Start
09.11.22
End
09.11.22
Language
Location
Köln
Course provider
Kölner Seil Kommando GmbH
Location
Köln
Course provider
Kölner Seil Kommando GmbH
Language
PPE training
PPE training
Type of course
Recertification
Start
15.11.2022
Start
15.11.22
End
15.11.22
Language
Location
Isny
Course provider
EDELRID
Location
Isny
Course provider
EDELRID
Language
PPE training
PPE training
Type of course
Recertification
Start
15.11.2022
Start
15.11.22
End
15.11.22
Language
Location
Isny
Course provider
EDELRID
Location
Isny
Course provider
EDELRID
Language
PPE Training
PPE Training
Type of course
Training
Start
21. – 23.11.2022
Start
21.11.22
End
21.11.22
Language
Location
Isny
Course provider
EDELRID
Location
Isny
Course provider
EDELRID
Language
PPE Training
PPE Training
Type of course
Training
Start
22. – 24.11.2022
Start
22.11.22
End
22.11.22
Language
Location
Isny
Course provider
EDELRID
Location
Isny
Course provider
EDELRID
Language
PPE Training
PPE Training
Type of course
Training
Start
05. – 07.12.2022
Start
05.12.22
End
05.12.22
Language
Location
Bremen
Course provider
Steady Climbing GmbH
Location
Bremen
Course provider
Steady Climbing GmbH
Language
PPE Training
PPE Training
Type of course
Training
Start
13. – 15.12.2022
Start
13.12.22
End
13.12.22
Language
Location
Isny
Course provider
EDELRID
Location
Isny
Course provider
EDELRID
Language
PPE Training
PPE Training
Type of course
Training
Start
19. – 21.12.2022
Start
19.12.22
End
19.12.22
Language
Location
Hamburg
Course provider
Hanse Climbing GmbH
Location
Hamburg
Course provider
Hanse Climbing GmbH
Language