Working at Heights Safety Training deadline extended to October 1

Tuesday, April 04, 2017

Transition period lengthened in specific circumstances

Working at Heights Safety Training - information sheet

Worker wearing fall arrest equipment

On April 1, 2015, the working at heights (WAH) training requirements set out in Ontario’s Occupational Health and Safety Act, O. Reg. 297/13, came into force, requiring that employers must ensure that workers on construction projects successfully complete a Ministry-approved working at heights safety training program before they can work at heights. 

There was a two-year transition period for workers who, prior to April 1, 2015, met the fall protection training requirements set out in subsection 26.2(1) of O. Reg. 213/91. These workers had until April 1, 2017, to complete an approved working at heights training program. 

After receiving requests from industry, the regulation 297/13 has been amended to extend the time for workers to receive the training.  

The deadline is being extended to October 1, 2017, lengthening the transition period by six months in specific circumstances.  

Workers require proof of enrolment in training before October 1, 2017 

The worker(s) in question must have completed fall protection training that met the requirements of section 26.2(1) of O. Reg. 213/91 (Construction Projects) before April 1, 2015, and the worker must be enrolled in a WAH training program that will be completed before October 1, 2017. The employer must have written proof of enrollment, which must be made available to an inspector upon request.

The proof of enrollment must include the name of the worker, the name of the approved training provider, the date on which the approved training is scheduled to be complete, and the name of the approved training program. Your clients may request you provide them with this proof of enrollment with these four required items.

The Ministry will continue to enforce all occupational health and safety training requirements, including those for working at heights.

More than 160 Ministry of Labour-approved working at heights training providers offer this crucial training. By ensuring employers and workers participate in the Working at Heights Safety Training, Ontario workplaces will become safer.

For more information, please contact info@workplacesafetynorth.ca

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