PPE User Checks for the Adventure Activities Sector

Who Is This Course For?

All users of adventure activity personal protective equipment including climbing, mountaineering and caving equipment as well as water helmets and buoyancy aids such as independent instructors, outdoor education centre instructors, stores staff and mountain rescue team members.

Duration 1 day
Venue Lyon Equipment Work and Rescue Training Centre (training may also be available at customers’ own venue)
Course code LT08AA
Cost Exc VAT £180

To enquire about this course or make a booking please contact us on 015396 26250 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

All adventure activities personal protective equipment (PPE) requires checking prior to and after use. All personnel who use PPE must be able to check their own equipment and equipment used by group members who they are responsible for to ensure its safe condition before use.

We have designed this course to give the appropriate background information on legislation and equipment performance as well as passing on the skills necessary to carry out suitable inspections.

Topics are covered using a combination of hands-on product checking training and classroom presentations.

At the end of the course, following successful completion of a formal assessment, you should be able to undertake your own pre-use checks. You should also be able to identify damage and/or defects that would necessitate an item being taken out of service and passed to a ‘competent’ person for thorough examination.

PPE Training Course


Ideally to be familiar with the operation and use of Personal Protective Equipment for work at height The minimum age of candidates is 18 years.

Course Content

Legislation and management systems:

  • CE Marking and Standards
  • Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations (LOLER)
  • Work at Height (Amendment) Regulations 2007
  • The Activity Centres (Young Persons safety) Act 1995
  • Product marking
  • Record keeping
  • Certificates of conformity
  • Disposal of failed items

Equipment checking and selection:

  • Inspection techniques
  • Failure criteria
  • Common failures
  • Obsolescence

Care, maintenance and storage of the following:

  • Helmets (including water activity helmets)
  • Ropes
  • Harnesses
  • Connectors
  • Slings/anchor strops
  • Ascenders
  • Descenders
  • Belay devices
  • Energy absorbing devices
  • Buoyancy aids

There may be the opportunity to view destructive tests on slings and connectors.


The course assessment is by short written test and practical assessment by Lyon staff.


A certificate of attendance and test and ID card record of training will be issued to successful candidates. Certificate valid for three years from date of assessment.