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PPE Inspection Course – SISXFAC001 Maintain Equipment for Activities

This nationally accredited inspection course gives your team skills to inspect and maintain PPE keeping it compliant and in proper working order.

Personal protective equipment (PPE) is a vital part of the safety process, especially for those working at heights, in confined spaces or with dangerous substances. Not maintaining your PPE correctly can increase your risk of suffering a major injury, or worse, in the event of an accident on a worksite.

Our SISXFAC001 Maintain Equipment for Activities course is designed to provide the skills and knowledge required to properly inspect and tag a range of PPE items including harnesses, lanyards, self-retracting lifelines and more.

This nationally accredited course can be undertaken by anyone who uses PPE as part of their usual work activities. The course has been developed in line with AS/NZS 1891.4, meaning that successful completion of the course enables students to meet their obligations under the Australian standards for maintaining PPE safety equipment.

PPE inspections should be carried out twice per year on all your PPE items.
Carabiners and all connectors should be checked every six months.
Ropes and fall arrestors should be checked by a certified PPE inspector.
Ropes should be checked for physical damage and that they are not fraying.

Learn how to fully inspect, maintain and document your PPE

Inspecting and maintaining personal protective equipment (PPE) is not just about giving it a quick look over and declaring “she’ll be right”. Our comprehensive PPE inspection training course will cover all aspects of inspecting and maintaining your PPE.

Students participating in SISXFAC001 Maintain Equipment for Activities will learn about the legislative requirements for inspecting PPE under the relevant Australian standards, the importance of keeping accurate and detailed records as well as correct usage of out of service tags.

Course content also includes instruction in developing and implementing quarantine procedures for defective equipment, the RGBY tagging system, checks to perform for a variety of common PPE items, best practice maintenance procedures, correct storage procedures and servicing.

PPE item life expectancy will also be covered as part of this course.

Have questions? Our team of experts has answers!

SISXFAC001 Maintain Equipment for Activities FAQs

Why should I choose Height Safety Engineers over another provider?

Good question! While there are many providers out there that can provide you with the standard Maintain Equipment for Activities training that you or your team needs. However not all competencies are created equal.

At HSE, we go beyond the basics.

There are a range of other PPE inspection courses out there at the moment offering the same certification, but in less time or without going into the best amount of detail. Ultimately, this means you or your team will end up with fewer skills.

It is critically important that we do not just have the appearance of safety, we should actually practice safety at all times. Sure, your team can learn how to give a lanyard a quick look over before use. But if that lanyard is not comprehensively inspected on a regular basis, issues and defects could go unnoticed. These would render the lanyard useless and inadequate to prevent or arrest a fall from height.

We give you real practice scenarios using real equipment.

You want to ensure your team is getting real experience looking for real problems with real pieces of PPE, not just pretending that a harness’s webbing is coming apart and getting a check mark for playing pretend.

Our training course offers students the ability to carry out real inspections on real PPE items to put their skills into real world use before they leave the classroom.

Our trainers are all highly qualified with years of industry experience.

Our instructors are the best in the industry. Together they bring over 100 years of combined experience into every class they teach.

We re-train all our instructors on a regular basis. This ensures their skills and knowledge of latest industry trends is ahead of everyone else. Our aim is to have a consistent approach to our courses, with ongoing improvement always front of mind.

Do I really need to worry about this certification if my team does not use PPE regularly?

Under Australian law and standards, personal protective equipment (PPE) is required to be inspected by a competent person every six (6) months, regardless of how often it is actually used. This is on top of the inspection it is advised everyone should undertake immediately before and after use any PPE item.

Many PPE items also have a defined shelf-life. That is, once the prescribed period of time has elapsed after it was manufactured, the item should be discarded and replaced.

Being able to perform these tasks on schedule, and complete accurate inspection records will help make sure no one is caught out using out-of-service PPE, making worksites safer for everyone.

Basically, if you have PPE as part of your typical work equipment, you should complete SISXFAC001 Maintain Equipment for Activities training course.

What are some benefits of having my employees take this course?

Apart from saving time and money having a third party perform these important inspections, your team will have the skills and knowledge to be proactive in making sure the PPE they rely on is kept compliant and in full working order.

As a person conducting a business or undertaking (PCBU), sole trader or employee, you want to see a definite return on investment if you are paying to undertake this course. HSE can absolutely guarantee yourself or your team are going to know more about keeping PPE items in compliant and full working order when they leave the course than when they arrived. Safety skills and awareness are going to be higher than ever before.

Sure, they may already know a little bit about quickly checking their PPE prior to starting work. But they do not often know the full range of defects to look for or maintenance procedures to follow to make sure that PPE can be relied on to act appropriately if it is called upon in the event of a fall or other worksite accident.

Do I need to complete the training as well, or just my employees?

As a PCBU, you are responsible by law to ensure you keep your team safe at all times. If your employees are not sure about whether their PPE is compliant or not – how are you going to know they are in compliance with Australian law and standards?

If you cannot recognise faults or deterioration in the functionality of your PPE then, quite frankly, you are not able to fulfil your legal obligation of ensuring a safe place of work and/or safe systems of work are both being provided and properly used.

Ready to enrol your team in SISXFAC001 Maintain Equipment for Activities?

Or if you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us by calling 1300 884 978. We would be happy to provide you with any more information that you might need.

Carabiners should be checked for unobstructed operation