As of April 1, 2015, Ontario’s new working at heights training standards are in effect. They currently apply to employers of workers on construction projects, but could be expanded in the future.
Basic requirement: Workers who are required by the Construction Projects Regulation to use any fall protection methods, including a travel restraint system, fall restricting system, fall arrest system, safety net, work belt or safety belt, must complete working at heights training from an approved provider.
If workers completed training that met the requirements of Sec. 26.2 of the above regulation before April 1, 2015, they’ll have two years—until April 1, 2017—to complete an approved working at heights training program that’s delivered by an approved training provider.
That is, the working at heights training must satisfy the requirements of the training program standard and must be delivered by a trainer that meets the requirements of the training provider standard.
To learn more about the requirements of these standards, watch our recorded webinar by Dylan Short, Managing Director of The Redlands Group and a senior safety, health and education executive leader, in which he reviewed:
- The scope of the impact of the Working at Heights Training Standard
- The definition of “working at heights”
- An overview of the Standard Theory training requirements
- Practical training requirements
- Learning Outcome Self-Assessment Tool (both theory and practical)
- Application and implementation timelines.
The OHS Insider has additional resources that can help employers in Ontario and across Canada protect workers from falls from heights, including:
- Fall protection plan requirements
- Fall protection plan template
- Hierarchy of fall protection
- Fall protection inspection checklist.