Working at Heights Information
The purpose of Working at Heights training is to establish a threshold criteria of high quality, consistent training for Ontario workers who work at heights. This strengthens workplace safety culture, improves worker knowledge and helps reduce the number of fall-related incidents, injuries and fatalities.
Employers must ensure that workers, who are required to use fall protection, successfully complete mandatory oral, written and practical 'Working at Heights' training that meets training program standards established by Ontario's Chief Prevention Officer (CPO).
Who Needs to Take This Training?All workers exposed to a fall hazard, as defined by the Occupational Health and Safety Act, need training, knowledge and experience to recognize hazards when working at a height or depth greater than three metres (10 feet). These workers include users of fall protection working at:
- Service or Maintenance Workers
- Construction & Construction-Related Industry Workers
- Utility Workers
An Approved Course Overview
Falls happen all too often, and are the leading cause of fatalities in the construction industry. The course should provide participants with the basic knowledge needed to work safely in work areas where there may be exposure to fall hazards.
The course will address safe work practices and procedures as specified in Regulations empowered by the Ontario Occupational Health and Safety Act. This course is delivered in two parts, a theoretical portion and a practical component.
Mandated Course Details
Part One: Basic Theory
- Rights & Responsibilities related to Working at Heights under the OH&S Act & Reg. 213/91
- Fall Hazard Recognition
- Hierarchy of Controls & Safe Work Strategies
- Safety Procedures for Hazard Warning Methods & Physical Barriers
- Safety Procedures For Ladders & Similar Equipment; Lifting Devices
- An Introduction to Personal Fall Protection Equipment-Selection, Donning, Doffing & Maintenance
Part Two: Practical
- Hands-on demonstration of specific Personal Fall Protection Equipment
- Barriers & Safety Nets
- Anchor Points
- Fall Prevention & Rescue Plans
- On-site First Aid for a Fallen Worker
After the three year period, refresher training must be taken by a worker. Workers will be able to renew the validity of the working at heights training by successfully completing a CPO-approved half-day “refresher” training program, delivered by a CPO approved training provider.
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