Working at Heights

Please note: Depending on the class size, this course may extend beyond the normal course hours.

This one-day course provides a comprehensive overview of legislated requirements, hazards and hazard controls related to working at heights. The course has been designed to be in compliance with the Ministry of Labour, Immigration, Training and Skills Development's Working at Heights Program Standard. WSN is an approved MLITSD training provider.

By the end of the training, participants will have knowledge and skills that will help them avoid or prevent falls from heights. Among the topics covered in the course are:

  • factors that affect the risk, likelihood and potential severity of incidents involving falls from heights
  • warning methods, such as signage, bump lines and barriers, used to identify fall hazards to workers to prevent falls from heights
  • proper use, positioning and maintenance of portable ladders and similar equipment
  • different types of work position systems that may be available to safely perform a variety of tasks at height, including scaffolds and powered elevating work platforms
  • different types of personal fall protection systems, including their limitations, appropriate uses, components, and set-up
  • hands-on experience setting up, wearing and using personal fall protection equipment.

While Working at Heights safety training is an excellent start, site-specific training is also required. Employers must train workers on workplace-specific hazards and equipment.

Please be advised that for workers on construction projects covered by the Regulations for Construction Projects, Working at Heights training is valid for three years from the date of completion. In addition, workers are required to complete site-specific falls prevention training that meets the requirements of section 26.2 of O.Reg 213/91 (Construction Projects). For workers covered by all other regulations, including Regulations for Mines and Mining Plants and Regulations for Industrial Establishments, Working at Heights training frequency is determined by the employer; WSN recommends refresher training at least every three years.

OWWCO Continuing Education Units (CEUs)

The WSN Working at Heights (OWWCO #14759) course is Director Approved by OWWCO and 0.7 CEUs are awarded to participants that complete the course.

Intended Audience:

This training is intended for workers, supervisors, joint health and safety committee members, health and safety representatives or anyone else who works at heights, works with or supervises people who work at heights.

IMPORTANT NOTICE - Confirmation of Identification:

The instructor will be required to verify participant’s identification by checking valid photo ID prior to the start of the course. Please ensure that you bring one of the following accepted identification credentials with you: Canadian or foreign passport; Canadian citizenship card; Immigration and Refugee Report; Enhanced driver’s licence issued by Ontario; or Ontario Health Insurance Card.

Failing to provide the proper credentials will result in a non-completion of the training program and no record of training will be issued.

1 day
Material(s) included with this course
  • Participant Manual
Equipment needed
  • Valid Photo ID
  • CSA-approved footwear in good working order as per manufacturer's specifications and regulatory requirements