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Fall Protection Qualified Person

Course Description

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The Qualified Person training provides the fall protection knowledge necessary to design and put into place fall protection systems including anchor systems, horizontal systems, and vertical systems.

While this is a very intensive program which deals with the engineering and design issues of fall protection systems, it should be noted that it is not a structural engineering degree program which requires years of study and practice to complete. Structural building design necessary for building structural analysis, while discussed as a necessary component, is not taught as a component of the curriculum. We include a section on contracting necessary resources so that those individuals who are not structural engineers or who do not have those resources within their company can complete the design process.

  • Topics Discussed

    • ​Fall protection theory and practice
    • Development and implementation of fall protection plans and programs
    • Role of the Qualified Person
    • Hazard identification and assessment
    • Legislation and standards relevant to design
    • Due diligence and design liability
    • Understanding your limitations and choosing the right professionals
    • Clearance calculations
    • Swing fall
    • Vertical fall arrest systems, consideration and calculations Design requirements for single point anchorages
    • Vertical shock absorption
    • Horizontal fall arrest systems
    • Pre-engineered systems
    • Horizontal lifelines vs. horizontal beam and trolley
    • Sag and pre-tension
    • Calculation of anchorage requirements
    • Horizontal anchorage design considerations
    • Inline energy absorption
    • Beam and trolley design consideration​
  • Duration:
    4 days (up to 32 hours)

    Recommended Attendance:
    Professional engineers, designers and/or safety professionals or other key personnel that may be required to design and implement fall protection systems on site. This course will include design and engineering calculations, which will require a significant level of mathematic and physics background. It is recommended that participants have some form of design and/or engineering background.

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To learn more about our training and consultative services, call 800-328-6146, option 8 or visit 3M.com/FallProtection


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