Safety Services


Slinging and rigging refresher training course

This instructor-led course is for staff who want to refresh or renew their "Safe use of slings, hoists and mechanical aids" certification.

Course description

If you use slinging and mechanical lifting equipment, hoist and overhead crane as part of your work activities you must complete the "Safe use of slings, hoists and mechanical aids" training course. You must complete a refresher course every 3 years. This training course consists of a one-hour theory session followed by one hour of practical instruction. 

You are required to bring your own Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) in the form of a safety helmet, boots and gloves and you should refer to the Health Checklist to confirm that you are fit to undertake this training.


You must have successfully completed the Safe use of slings, hoists and mechanical aids within the last 3 years.

All safety instructor-led training courses are delivered by our team of safety experts.


The aim of this training course is to refresh your knowledge on current legislation and the theoretical and practical applications of slinging.

  • Lifting and the law
  • Slinging materials including chains, webbing slings, lifting equipment, shackles, eyebolts, hooks
  • Pre-use safety checks and inspection
  • The principles of slinging
  • Working Load Limit (WLL) angles
  • Safe use of overhead crane gantry

Target audience

Staff who use slinging and mechanical lifting equipment, hoist or overhead crane.


Training courses are free to UCL staff however your Department will be charged £50 if you fail to attend when booked on a course.  Non-attendance at first aid courses will incur a higher non-attendance fee.

Late applications

If you have not received your confirmation notification from the MyHR Mailer please email safetytraining@ucl.ac.uk.

External delegates

Places to external delegates are only offered if there is spare capacity on an instructor-led course.

Please email safetytraining@ucl.ac.uk to be placed on a waiting list stating the course title and date you wish to join. 

To book

Training courses are accessible using UCL MyLearning. 

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Last updated: Monday, January 30, 2023