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Working at heights with North East Access Training

Many staff across various industries require at work at height safety training. Similarly, many people experience acrophobia, or a fear of heights. For some this can be debilitating, others merely a hindrance that they are determined to break.

Here at North East Access Training, we deal with a whole host of people every day on our IPAF and PASMA training courses. At heights training is a big cause for concern for many businesses as working in this manner can be dangerous. However, when attempting to train those that suffer from a fear of heights, it can be all the more difficult.

If you have staff that have a fear of heights that are going to need at heights training in the near future, then it might be worth offering some resources that can assist them in overcoming their fear.

No Holds Barred

Many staff across various industries require work at height safety training. Similarly, many people experience acrophobia or a fear of heights. For some this can be debilitating, others merely a hindrance that they are determined to break.

Here at North East Access Training, we deal with a whole host of people every day on our IPAF and PASMA training courses. At heights training is a big cause for concern for many businesses, as working in this manner can be dangerous. However, when attempting to train those that suffer from a fear of heights, it can be all the more difficult.

If you have staff that have a fear of heights that are going to need at heights training in the near future, then it might be worth offering some resources that can assist them in overcoming their fear.

Understand the Fear

Fear of heights is natural. However, it can escalate into something more overwhelming quickly, under particular circumstances. Symptoms include nausea, breathlessness, dizziness, sweating and heart palpitations.

In order to overcome fear, the reason it exists must be understood and accepted. One should consider how likely the chance of coming to harm is, and a feeling of rational thinking should replace the initial fear; which allows the sufferer to calm down. Breathing exercises help focus the mind, and avoiding caffeine when you know you are being exposed to your fear should help keep the heart rate maintained.

Overcome the Fear

Before attending any at heights training, it might be beneficial to incorporate gradual desensitisation. Visiting areas that induce fear and getting as close to your fear as possible is the first step. Noting your feelings and accepting them for what they are, is key.

Repeat this process until the gap has closed, at a rate you feel comfortable with. Note that your fate is in your hands, and that you are in control. Remember that you want to conquer your fear, to turn the experience into a positive one.

Slowly and steadily, you will reach where you want to be and the fear will subside, allowing you to undertake activities you never thought possible previously.

Now your staff are desensitised to the feelings of fear; it is time to book them onto the next available IPAF / PASMA training courses as necessary, and work can continue as normal.

For more information, please do not hesitate to contact us.