Falls from heights are one of the most common safety incidents and too often result in serious injuries and fatalities. To address this hazard, the Ontario Ministry of Labour released a new working at heights training program standard, which provides for the development of curriculum about fall hazards and general safety practices for working safely at heights.
Although compliance with the standard isn’t currently required, the MOL is working on regulations to make it mandatory and expect that process to begin early this year.
So if your workers are exposed to the risk of falls from heights, you should learn about this standard now and take steps to ensure that your training complies with its requirements. (Even if you’re not based in Ontario, the training standard can still help you improve your working at heights training.)
A perfect way to begin is by attending our webinar on March 20, 2014, at which Dylan Short, Managing Director of The Redlands Group and a senior safety, health and education executive leader, will review:
- 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.
There will also be a Q&A session at the end during which you can get answers to your questions about the new training standard.
Attendance at the webinar is FREE for all OHS Insider members—just register.
All others can purchase a seat at this highly informative session.
In the meantime, here are just a few of the OHS Insider resources that can help you protect workers from falls:
- Fall protection plan requirements
- Fall protection plan template
- Hierarchy of fall protection
- Fall protection inspection checklist.