Additional aquaculture certificate option launched for General Winching Theory and Practice course
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July 1 2021

The Aquaculture industry is a fast-paced and growing sector, but due to the physical nature of the many roles involved, there can be risks of potential occupational hazards.

As many activities involve manual labour with the additional use of operating certain equipment such as winches, it is imperative that safety awareness and correct use of various machinery is applied to reduce the risk to operators, along with fellow colleagues who could be present.

After consultation with industry and our Instructors, Assessors and Verifiers, we have updated our General Winching Theory and Practice training and assessment course WIN01.

The course has been updated to include:

  • Relevant health and safety legislation and winch operation all in one user friendly Technical Guide
  • Information relating to the safe use of Capstan winches in the Aquaculture industry
  • Clear guidance on practical assessment and which criteria are applicable to the use of Capstan winches
  • Exemplar assessment documents in the Instructor Guide.

This course enables the workers to understand the principles of winching, realise the possible hazards and manage health and safety. Individuals will also be able to risk assess a situation and carry out a suitable method of winching to maintain personal, vehicle/vessel and contents safety, and gain experience in the use of a winch for moving an object from point A to point B.

This training and assessment course will also include a +Aquaculture certificate option, which is available to those working in or wanting to work in the Aquaculture industry and where use of Capstan winches is common practice.

Ian Wilson, Health and Safety and Training Manager at Dawnfresh Farming commented on the course: “Aquaculture (fish farming) is a relatively young industry, but one that is highly regulated and one which requires staff to be multi-skilled for their work with different equipment.  One day they might be working with a telescopic forklift ashore, the next they could be sat at a computer, and the next they may be working over water in command of a boat with a crane and other lifting gear. 

The risks are all high in this environment and with this equipment, so training is essential. We are delighted to see another top quality and very relevant course from Lantra for our boat crews using capstan winches”

If you’re interested in becoming a Provider or Instructor for our General Winching Theory and Practice course, or would like more information, please contact Alec Hands.

If you have any questions regarding the course, please contact Emma Green.