Authorized Rescuer - On-Site Rescue

Brief Description:

An Emergency Action Plan (EAP) is designed to guide workers in emergency rescue situations. The best way to effectively respond to rescue emergencies is by first identifying its possibility and then rehearsing your reactions. By doing this, you can identify any potential hazardous situations which might prevent you from effecting a quick and safe rescue of a worker who has fallen at height or other incident.

The participants in this course shall have already successfully completed Authorized Person or Competent Person Fall Protection training. The main objective of rescue training is to develop an awareness level course designed to enable an Authorized or Competent Person to understand the Rescue or Emergency Action Plan. This course is not intended to replace a Competent Rescuer course.

The scope of the Authorized Rescuer level training is limited to the use of a pre-established rescue system and plan. This outline does not apply to professional rescuers or situations where the rescuer must “respond” to an incident without the benefit of pre-planning. Employees are encouraged to assess their rescue needs to determine what level of rescue will be required. A Competent Rescuer may not be necessary.

Regulatory Standards and Certifications:

OSHA CFR 1926.502(d)(20) AND CFR 1910.33-39, Subpart E (Training Requirements):

OSHA requires that employers provide for "prompt rescue of employees in the event of a fall or shall assure that employees are able to rescue themselves." This should include identifying rescue procedures that address the potential for orthostatic intolerance and suspension trauma. Rescue procedures also should address how the rescued worker will be handled to avoid any post-rescue injuries. It is each employee’s responsibility to read and follow their company’s emergency action plans.

OSHA Requirements for Rescue Plan

Workers who wear fall arrest devices while working, and those who may perform rescue activities, should also be trained in the following:

  1. How to ascertain whether their personal protective equipment is properly fitted and worn, so that it performs as intended;
  2. How orthostatic intolerance/suspension trauma may occur;
  3. The factors that may increase a worker’s risk;
  4. The appropriate rescue procedures and methods to diminish risk while suspended.

OSHA 29 CFR 1926.503 Training Requirements for Fall Protection

All employees exposed to fall hazards in construction work need training in the recognition and avoidance of fall hazards and in the use of any fall protection systems to be used, pursuant to, as applicable, 29 CFR 1926.21(b)(2), 29 CFR 1926.503, or 29 CFR 1926.1060.

ANSI/ASSE Z359.4-2013 Safety Requirements for Assisted-Rescue and Self-Rescue Systems, Subsystems and Components

E7.3.4 Workers and emergency response personnel should be trained to recognize and respond to the risks of suspension trauma.

Rescuers should be trained to rapidly respond to minimize the dangers of suspension trauma. Time is of the essence and trauma may occur if a worker is suspended in an upright position for longer than five minutes.

ANSI Z359.2-2007 (3.2.7), Authorized Rescuer ( It is the responsibility of the authorized rescuers to perform or assist in workplace rescues.

ANSI/ASSE Z359.1-2007 Safety Requirements for Personal Fall Arrest Systems, Subsystems and Components

7.3.9 emergency rescue planning and execution to include:

  • preplanning of rescue;
  • methods of rescue;
  • rescue personnel availability;
  • type of equipment for rescue and effective means to summon rescue personnel;
  • drilling of rescue personnel in rescue and evacuation procedures.

ANSI/ASSE Z359.2-2007 Minimum Requirements for a Comprehensive Managed Fall Protection Program.

Pre-certification requirements:

  1. Minimum of 18 years of age.
  2. Show proper identification.
  3. Authorized Tower Climber - Fall Protection Training.
  4. Signed statement of health.


  • Performance, Regulations and Company Policy Rescue
  • Rescue Procedures.
  • Inspection, Care and Maintenance
  • Introduction of Rescue Techniques
  • Non-entry rescue Pick-Off

Course Delivery:

Classroom lecture and practical training

Time Line:

16 hours


  1. Practical evaluation
  2. Oral evaluation
  3. Written exam
  4. Review of testing after completion of course.


In accordance with ANSI Z359.2-07, the documentation for training and evaluation shall include the following:

  1. Trainer or evaluator’s name;
  2. Students name;
  3. Third party organization’s name;
  4. Dates and times of training or evaluation;
  5. Course objective and content
  6. Performance of candidates based upon observation of physical demonstration of skill and on theoretical exercises.

Training Re-Certification Requirements:

ANSI Z359.2-2007 (, Competent rescuer training shall be conducted at least every year.

ANSI Z359.2-2007 (, Authorized Rescuer update training shall be conducted every two years.


Employers responsibility to evaluate: It is the responsibility of the employer, not the training provider, to determine if an employee is fit for employment. Having a certificate of completion does not guarantee the candidate’s performance at a later date, or how much information and skill a candidate retains over a period of time. The certificates acquired by candidates only demonstrate that they have completed the program.

Terms & Conditions

Bookings are regarded as confirmed only upon receipt of a full payment or a company purchase order.

Booking placed by purchase order are binding. Payment will be required in full for the number of candidates and duration of training specified on the order.

Entry requirements:

Candidates will not be accepted onto a course unless they can demonstrate evidence of compliance with the entry requirements for that course. Such evidence will normally take the form of valid certificate of competence. Candidates will be required to sign to confirm that they meet the pre-entry requirements including a statement of medical fitness prior to the start of the course. If a candidate is unable to meet the pre-entry requirements they may not be able to continue with training and without refund.

Provisional Hold Requests

We may provisionally hold a place for an agreed period of time, payment or purchase order will be required by the agreed date. A provisionally held place is not a booking and after the agreed date for purchase order or payment, may be offered to other candidates/companies.

Course Cancellation Fees

  • More than 1 months notice - refunded full amount less administration fee of $150.00 per person
  • Between 3-4 weeks notice of course date - 70% refund is given
  • Between 2-3 weeks notice of course date - 50% refund is given
  • Less than 2 weeks notice of course date - a refund is not available

Course Postponement Fees:

  • More than 3 weeks notice - no charge
  • Between 2-3 weeks - 20% charge to change
  • Between 1-2 weeks - 50% charge to change
  • Less than 1 week - 100% charge to change

Please Note:

  • If a candidate does not complete the course then a refund is not available.
  • Any instructor or admin expenses incurred pre-course commencement will be charged in full for any cancellation or postponement regardless of notice duration.
  • Training for work at height may involve physical exertion in conditions of exposure to height. It is essential that all candidates are physically fit and able to carry out the tasks expected of them without risk to themselves or others.
  • Impact Access, Inc cannot accept bookings for courses involving exposure to height from candidates with medical contra-indications against working at height. A non-exhaustive list of such conditions is given below:
    • Heart disease / chest pain and respiratory issues
    • High blood pressure
    • Epilepsy, fits, blackouts
    • Fear of heights / vertigo
    • Giddiness / difficulty with balance
    • Impaired limb function to include back problems
    • Alcohol or drug dependence
    • Psychiatric illness / counseling
    • Diabetes
  • It is the responsibility of the individual or organization making the booking to ensure that candidates attending the courses are free of any of the conditions described above or any other medical condition that could impair their ability on the training course to which they have subscribed.
  • By submitting a purchase order, the applicant asserts that candidates are physically fit for the intended course. It is unlikely that applicants can be certain of being free of contraindications without a proper examination by a medical Doctor.
  • A candidate will be withdrawn immediately and permanently from training by the instructor during any course time should the candidate exhibit ill health or inappropriate horseplay.