Working at Heights Training
As of April 1, 2015, certain workers will need to complete a working at heights training program that has been approved by the Chief Prevention Officer before they can work at heights.
The new training requirement is for workers on construction projects who use any of the following methods of fall protection:
- Travel restraint system
- Fall restricting system
- Fall arrest system
- Work belt, or
- Safety belt
The Occupational Health and Safety Awareness and Training (O. Reg. 297/13) will require employers to ensure that workers on construction projects successfully complete a working at heights training program if they use specified fall protection systems.
The Working at Heights Training Program Standard sets out the topics and information that must be included in an approved working at heights training program. There are two modules:
Module 1 (Basic Theory) is knowledge and awareness based and is a minimum of three hours long. It includes foundational elements on how to work safely at heights and covers topics such as:
- knowing rights and responsibilities related to working at heights
- identifying hazards of working at heights (focus on safety culture)
- understanding the hierarchy of controls and limitations of personal protective equipment (PPE)
- warning methods and physical barriers
- ladder safety
- basic introduction to PPE theory
Module 2 (Practical) contains more advanced information on fall protection systems and includes hands-on demonstration of equipment and procedures. It is a minimum of three and a half hours long and includes a practical demonstration of the proper use of fall protection equipment. This module also covers topics such as:
- barriers and other fixed equipment
- fall PPE (travel restraint, fall restricting, fall arrest systems)
- anchor points
- work access equipment and platforms
- rescue planning
There is a two year transition period for workers who already meet the existing fall protection training requirements set out in section 26.2 of the Construction Regulation. These workers will have until October 1, 2017 to complete an approved working at heights training program.
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