IHSA is an Approved Working at Heights Training Provider

NOTICE: Ministry of Labour extends transition period to October 1, 2017

The Ministry of Labour has now extended the transition period by six months to October 1, 2017. Employers will have until then to ensure that workers successfully complete a CPO-approved working at heights training program.

The extension applies only to experienced workers – those who completed fall protection training prior to April 1, 2015 – who are enrolled in a CPO-approved working at heights training program scheduled to be completed before October 1, 2017.

Visit labour.gov.on.ca/english/hs/topics/heights for details.

 

The two-year transition period for workers who, prior to April 1, 2015, met the fall protection training requirements set out in subsection 26.2(1) of the Construction Projects Regulation (213/91) is nearing its end. These workers will have until April 1, 2017 to complete an approved working at heights training program.

IHSA was one of the first organizations to be approved by the MOL’s Chief Prevention Officer as a Working at Heights training provider. Our Working at Heights—Fundamentals of Fall Prevention program meets the MOL’s Working at Heights Training Standard. Don’t miss the deadline. Register for training today with IHSA or with one of our approved Training Partners.

 
 

Radio Campaign

IHSA has launched a new advertising campaign aimed at reminding workers and construction companies about the upcoming deadline for working at heights training. The focus of this campaign will be radio spots that will air on regional stations across the province. These ads will air for several weeks until the end of February.

 
 

For more information about the campaign and the stations included, please read the communique.

 

Working at Heights training in other languages

New Canadians and those whose first language is not English can be the most vulnerable workers in our society. They are often unaware of their rights and responsibilities and the type of health and safety training required to work in Ontario. Our goal is to educate them so that when they enter the workforce, they will know how to work safe for life.

In an effort to reach out to the most vulnerable workers in Ontario, we have translated our Working at Heights course into 10 additional languages. Courses scheduled after April 1, 2015 will meet the Working at Heights Training Standard.

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Working at Heights Training Partners

We make a commitment to our members to provide training when and where they need it. However, our Working at Heights course requires specially equipped training facilities. We will endeavour to do our best to meet your training needs by scheduling a course in your area if adequate training facilities are available.

To help ensure workers have access to IHSA's high-quality training, IHSA also has, to date, over 85 training partners. They include union training centres, member employers, and schools that meet our high standards of program delivery and evaluation and will be using our course material to deliver IHSA's approved Working at Heights program as of April 1, 2015. A list of approved training partners is available on our website.

Approved Training Partners
 

Working at Heights—Fundamentals of Fall Prevention

IHSA's Working at Heights—Fundamentals of Fall Prevention is a robust program that meets the Working at Heights Training Standard, the requirements of Regulation 297/13, and is approved by the Chief Prevention Officer.

This course provides workers with the basic fall prevention information they require to work safely in areas where they may be exposed to fall hazards. Participants receive the most up-to-date information with hands-on instruction from industry experts and trained adult educators who are experienced in working at heights.

While Working at Heights is a great starting point, site-specific training is also required. After the in-class session, the employer must train workers on the specific hazards faced and types of equipment used on the job.

Check the training schedule to see when the next session is taking place in your area. Please note that courses scheduled before April 1, 2015, will not meet the Working at Heights Training Standard. Anyone who takes one the courses before April 1, 2015 will have two years to take an approved course (April 1, 2017).

 

Is this training mandatory?

This new working at heights training requirement was mandated into legislation by amending Regulation 297/13: Occupational Health and Safety Awareness and Training. According to sections 6 and 7 of the regulation, which will come into effect on April 1, 2015, workers on construction projects must complete a working at heights training program that has been approved by Ontario's Chief Prevention Officer if they are required to use any of the following methods of fall protection:

  • A travel restraint system
  • A fall restricting system
  • A fall arrest system
  • A safety net
  • A work belt
  • A safety belt

Where can I find more information?

IHSA Health and Safety Magazine Volume 13, Issue 4

To learn more about the Working at Heights Standard and to see the list of approved training partners, visit the MOL's Working at Heights Training web page.

To learn more about the history and background of the standard, an interview with the Chief Prevention Officer, and and perspectives from the industry, download Volume 13, Issue 4 of IHSA.ca Magazine.

Note: This issue was updated in January 2015.

 

Why was this change made?

Reducing working at heights injuries and fatalities through standardized training was a key recommendation of the Expert Advisory Panel on Occupational Health and Safety that was led by Tony Dean in 2010.

How long is the training valid?

The training will be valid for three years from the date of completion.

However, workers who have already received training that meets the requirements set out in section 26.2 of the Construction Projects Regulation (213/91) will have two years (until April 1, 2017) to complete an approved working at heights training program.

 

Become a IHSA-Registered Working at Heights Training Partner

If you prefer to teach IHSA's Working at Heights course to workers in your company, you can apply to become an IHSA-registered instructor and your company can become an IHSA-registered training partner.

IHSA-registered instructors must meet certain requirements, such as proven experience related to working at heights. Instructors must also successfully complete IHSA's Working at Heights program, Working at Heights Instructor Workshop, and Foundations of Facilitating, Training, and Learning.

For a complete listing of IHSA approved Working at Heights Training Partners click here.

 

Working at Heights Resources

For more information about working at heights, visit IHSA's Fall Prevention topic page.

 
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