Legislation effective April 1
Falls from heights continue to be a significant hazard, leading to injuries and deaths of workers in all sectors – particularly with construction activity. To improve workplace health and safety, new training for those who work at heights will be mandatory in Ontario as of April 1, 2015.
The legislation applies to workers on construction projects as defined by the Construction Projects Regulations. ‘Construction activity’ applies to and can be found in all industries in Ontario. To help prevent serious injury and fatalities, WSN encourages employers to proactively schedule updated training for workers. To meet anticipated demand for Working at Heights safety training, WSN has scheduled open courses at locations across the province, beginning in February.
Working at Heights safety training ensures you’re in compliance with legislation
Designed for compliance with the Ministry of Labour’s new Working at Heights training requirements, WSN training participants receive the most up-to-date information with hands-on instruction from industry experts and trained adult educators.
Intended for workers, supervisors, joint health and safety committee members, health and safety representatives, and anyone else who works at heights, the one-day WSN course provides a comprehensive overview of legislated requirements, hazards, and hazard controls.
What workers learn
- Factors affecting the risk, likelihood and potential severity of a fall from heights
- 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
- Work positioning systems available to safely perform a variety of tasks at height, including scaffolds and powered elevating work platforms
- Proper use, positioning, and maintenance of portable ladders and similar equipment
- Warning methods, such as signage, bump lines and barriers, to identify fall hazards to workers.
The Ministry of Labour Prevention Office is consulting with stakeholders with regards to expanding this new training requirement to all sectors. The new Working at Heights Training Program Standard will ensure everyone using fall protection systems is consistently trained and better protected on the job.