NPORS N401 APPOINTED PERSON
TRAINING COURSE

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NPORS Appointed Person Training Course N401

Learn how to safely plan lifting operations in accordance with LOLER and BS 7121

An Appointed Person plays a crucial role within the lifting industry. The role of the Appointed Person is to plan, implement, and assume responsibility for a safe system of work for a lifting operation.  Appointed Persons are required to work in accordance with the relevant legislation and standards, including LOLER 1998 and BS 7121. 

Our NPORS Appointed Person training course (N401) is designed to provide the necessary knowledge and training qualifications to allow a person to carry out the duties of an Appointed Person in accordance with the relevant legislation, best practice, and standards. The training course is available as a Plant and Safety Certified training course, or an NPORS Accredited training course. The NPORS training course reference is NPORS Appointed Person N401.

Our training courses meet the latest standards set by the Accrediting Bodies Association – Workplace Transport (ABA) and the National Plant Operator Registration Scheme (NPORS), who are advised by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE). 

Plant and Safety are an NPORS Accredited and Approved National Training Provider. Our training courses can be delivered at your premises or at our training centre located in Lichfield – West Midlands/ Staffordshire. 

NPORS Appointed Person N401 Training Course
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NPORS Appointed Person Training Course N401

Training Course Name(s):

  • Appointed Person (Plant and Safety Course Name)
  • NPORS Appointed Person N401

Course Aims:

To teach the delegate how to develop a safe system of work, including designing safe lifting plans that take into account all health and safety requirements on site, LOLER 1998 and BS 7121. To provide knowledge and understanding in the following areas: 

  • To have a basic understanding of the relevant regulations including LOLER 1998, PUWER 1998, the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974, and BS 7121
  • Have a basic understanding of the industry, the dangers of working in the industry and their responsibilities as an Appointed Person
  • Explain the duties and responsibilities of: Crane / Lift Supervisor, Crane operator,
    Slinger/Signaller, Crane erector and Maintenance personnel
  • Demonstrate and explain how to interpret and extract information on all relevant documentation including legislation, regulations, codes of practice that relate to all lifting operations and duties
  • Explain and identify the different requirements to be followed for the lifting of persons, a basic lift, standard lift, complex lift and additional requirements for lifting from height
  • Explain the notification process and the requirements for reporting procedures to
    Authorities, Utility bodies, and any other parties if affected by the lifting operation
  • Identify different types of Cranes, their capabilities and limitations for lifting
  • Explain the maintenance, inspection, thorough examination and testing requirements for lifting equipment and all accessories
  • Explain setting up, erection, leveling and dismantling requirements for diverse types of lifting equipment and lifts
  • Explain and demonstrate how to calculate point loadings and outrigger loadings, spreader mat types and sizes
  • Explain the function and use of the RCI, LMI and anti-collision systems and utilise the information provided
  • Demonstrate and explain the selection of the correct cranes for specified lifts including all accessories, ensuring correct duties charts, range diagrams and specification sheets
  • List and explain relevant information relating to different types of lifting accessories and explain their applications
  • Explain and demonstrate different slinging techniques, calculating sling sizes and angles, balanced and unbalanced, centers of gravity and loose loads etc
  • Identify weights and centres of gravity for various types of loads and specify appropriate lifting accessories for various types of load
  • Demonstrate and Illustrate different types of communication methods for lifting purposes and state
  • Explain the importance of completing a reflective report on a lifting operation
  • Identify and demonstrate how to and plan an area with exclusion zones for diverse lifting operations identifying any proximity/underground hazards from supplied plans and drawings
  • Identify and plan an area with exclusion zones for diverse lifting operations identifying safe access and egress before, during and after any lifting operation
  • Explain and identify the requirements for safe site access and egress for different types of lifting equipment
  • Demonstrate how to construct a safe system of work by producing risk assessments, method statements and lift plans with information supplied
  • Prepare and explain lift plan information to all personnel involved in lifting operations
  • Specify and explain the positioning of the crane and load, identifying limiting factors and immovable obstructions that must be considered
  • Identify and explain how environmental factors outside the lift zone but within the surrounding area can effect planned lifting operations and the possible outcome

Training Course Locations:

Customer site or Plant and Safety Training Centre (Lichfield – West Midlands/ Staffordshire)

Duration and Experience Levels

This course is as a Novice, Refresher, and Experienced Worker Assessment (EWA) training course. The duration of the training course will be 1-5 days (Depending on experience and previous qualifications)

Accreditation/ Certification:

Upon successful completion of this training course, the learner will receive either a Plant and Safety Certified or NPORS Accredited Training Course (Depending on the learners requirements)

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