Ontario Update: Are You Ready for the Working at Heights Deadline?

Posted Jul 19th, 2017 in Regulation Updates, Tips & News

Ontario Update: Are You Ready for the Working at Heights Deadline?

October 1, 2017 is the extended deadline to comply with the occupational health and safety Working at Heights training regulations.  

Who Must be Trained?

Both of the following conditions must be met:

   1.      Training is required for all workers who are required to use fall protection, which includes any of the following methods:

  • Fall Arrest Systems;
  • Travel Restraint Systems;
  • Fall Restricting Systems;
  • Safety Nets;
  • Elevated Work Platforms, Suspended Access Equipment
  • Safety Belts, Full Body Harness

2.     The workplace is a construction project where Construction Projects Regulation apply.

*NOTE – Mandatory fall protection training for workers hasn’t changed. Sec. 26.2(1) of the Construction Projects Regulations requires employers to make certain that workers are “adequately trained” in any fall protection system they may be required to use. The new Working at Heights awareness training is in addition to, not a replacement of the current training requirements.

It is a full-day training consisting of Module 1 - Basic Theory, and Module 2 – Practical.

There has been a lot of confusion around the definition of “construction”. The following information offers clarification:

‘construction’ includes repair, alteration, dismantling, demolition, structural maintenance, painting, land clearing, earth moving, grading, excavating, trenching, digging, boring, drilling, blasting or concreting, erection, installation of any machinery or plant, and any work or connected with a project. It does not include any work or undertaking underground in a mine.

Employer’s Obligations

1.     Make sure that the training provider you choose uses an approved training program.

                  **** WSG uses an approved MOL training program with approved instructors****

2.     Check workers’ training dates to validate the currency of their training Do NOT let them work at heights if they have not had the approved training or if their training has expired (three years from the date of their original training). In this case they must prove they have taken a refresher training. Training is valid from one workplace to another. Make sure that trained workers are familiar with the fall protection systems used in your workplace.

3.     Keep training records to include:

        a.     Worker’s name
        b.     Name of the approved training provider & training program
        c.     Training date

The MOL granted a 6-month extension for the training. This extension is set to expire on October 1st. Reserve your training early because experience has shown that classes will quickly fill before the deadline. WSG has added 8 classes between now and October 2nd.


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