April 1 training transition deadline for Working at Heights Safety Training

Wednesday, March 01, 2017

What Ontario employers and workers should know

Working at Heights Safety Training - information sheet

Worker wearing fall arrest equipmentAs of April 1, 2017, Ontario employers are legally required to ensure workers on construction projects using fall restraint equipment have taken the new Ministry of Labour-approved Working at Heights Safety Training course.

What is the training transition deadline?  

Safety legislation, enacted in 2015, gave employers and workers a two-year time frame to upgrade training to the new MOL-approved standard. The legislation came about following a tragic Christmas Eve workplace incident in Toronto in 2009 that occurred when a high-rise scaffold collapsed and four workers lost their lives and another was seriously injured. 

Is the training mandatory? 

Yes, regulatory amendments came into effect April 1, 2015 – initially, these amendments affect firms that operate under the Construction Projects Regulation (O. Reg. 213/91), which includes any industry where workers are required to work at heights of three metres or more and use fall protection equipment. 

How often is refresher training required?  

All MOL-approved Working at Heights Safety Training programs are valid for three years from the date of training; refresher training is required every three years. For workers covered by all other regulations, including Regulations for Mines and Mining Plants and Regulations for Industrial Establishments, this safety training frequency is determined by the employer. Workplace Safety North recommends refresher training at least every three years.

What should Ontario employers do? 

If your workers face fall hazards on construction projects, Ontario employers are legally required to provide fall protection training. Employers need to provide workers with training for working at heights that meets or exceeds the MOL standard, such as Working at Heights Safety Training from WSN, a one-day course that provides a comprehensive overview of legislated requirements, hazards, and hazard controls related to working at heights. 

For more information, please contact info@workplacesafetynorth.ca

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