December 12, 2014
On December, 9, 2014, The Ministry of Labour in Ontario introduced a new mandatory training regime for all construction workers who work at heights. The aim of the new Working at Heights Training Program Standard is to ensure all workers using fall protection systems are consistently trained and better protected on the job. This development follows through on recommendations made in the Dean Panel Advisory Report released in January 2011, and has been created pursuant to the power given to the Chief Prevention Officer to establish standards for training programs under section 7.1 of the Ontario OHSA. This will supplement the existing detailed provisions for fall protection, and the specifics for fall protection training found in the Construction Regulations under the OHSA.
Beginning April 1, 2015, Section 26.2(1.1) of the Construction Regulations under the OHSA will require employers to ensure that a worker who may use a fall protection system meets the working at heights training requirements. This will apply to all construction projects in Ontario regulated by the Regulations for Construction Projects – in other words employers will be expected to meet this standard in training.
Employers will also have an obligation to train workers on workplace-specific policies and procedures and workplace-specific equipment related to working at heights. This is in addition to the requirements of the Occupational Health and Safety Act and its Regulations.
The training standards will include a theoretical module and a practical module.
The Working at Heights Basic Theory module will contain training on:
The Working at Heights Practical module will contain training on:
A Working at Heights Training Provider Standard has also been developed to set out requirements for prospective training providers. See the new Standard here.
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