Working at Heights Safety Training certification period extended

Monday, March 30, 2020

Certification extended one year for workers who successfully completed training between Feb 18-Aug 31, 2017

Worker checking fall prevention harnessEffective March 27, 2020, the Ministry of Labour, Training and Skills Develoment (MLTSD) announced that Regulation 297/13 of the Occupational Health and Safety Act is amended by Regulation 96/20 to temporarily extend the validity period of Working at Heights training for workers who successfully completed an approved Working at Heights training program between February 28, 2017 and August 31, 2017. The validity period for these workers is extended to four years from the current three.

As a result of the current COVID-19 outbreak, workers may be unable to complete refresher training due to course cancellations. This amendment allows the affected workers to continue to work and constructors and employers to engage these workers on construction projects.

Related training requirements for workers who use fall protection systems on construction projects, which are in section 26.2 of O. Reg. 213/91 (Construction Projects) under the OHSA, are not affected by these amendments, and employers must continue to ensure that the requirements in section 26.2 (related to fall protection training) are complied with. 

Please see the amended regulation: https://www.ontario.ca/laws/regulation/r20096

New prevention branch email address

There is a new email address for questions about the implications COVID-19 may have on training programs approved by the Chief Prevention Officer. If you are a training provider, learner, or employer and have a question about how COVID-19 will affect your training, please email COVID19LearnerLine@ontario.ca. For non-COVID-19 questions about training (e.g. lost card or learner ID, training provider applications, etc.), email:

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