October 1, 2017 was the 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. Construction Projects Regulations 213/91 Sec. 26.2(1) 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.
1. Make sure that the training provider you choose uses an approved training program.
3. Retain copies of training records and ensure to include:
a. Worker’s name
b. Name of the approved training provider & training program
c. Training date