Suspended Access Equipment

Resources for Employers

Working with suspended access equipment

Amendments to Regulation 242/16 introduced changes to the Construction Projects Regulation (O. Reg. 213/91) regarding the use of suspended access equipment and suspended work platform systems. These changes came into effect on January 1, 2017 and include training requirements for those who use, install, and inspect suspended work platform systems and boatswain’s (or bosun’s) chairs.

IHSA has developed a new training program for suspended access equipment, and is in the process of developing two more, to help you meet the requirements outlined in the new legislation. The fourth new training program we are working on, while not mandatory, will help employers meet some of their legal responsibilities for planning SAE work:

 

1. Suspended Access Equipment Users (available now)
2. Suspended Work Platform System Installers (available Spring 2017)
3. Boatswain's Chair (available Fall 2017)
4. Suspended Access Equipment Planners (available Summer 2017)

We have also created some free resources to help employers ensure that they are in compliance. Check out the FAQs and fact sheet below and download the Risk Assessment Form and Site-Specific Work Plan templates as starting points for developing your own documentation.

 

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

The FAQs document answers commonly asked questions about the training requirements for workers who use, install, or inspect suspended work platforms and boatswain’s chairs. This document explains what IHSA is doing to assist employers meet the training requirements described in section 138 and section 138.1 of the Construction Projects regulation. See O. Reg 213/91, section 136.1

 

Responsibilities Fact Sheet

This fact sheet is an overview of the responsibilities of workplace parties relating to suspended work platform systems and boatswain’s chairs under the Construction Projects regulation (O. Reg.213/91).

 

Risk Assessment and Site-Specific Work Plan

Employers who will put into service a suspended work platform system (SWPS) or boatswain’s chair (BC) on a project are required to ensure that a competent person prepares the following documents:

 

IHSA has posted three templates to help employers meet their legal requirement for conducting a risk assessment and preparing a site-specific work plan.

 
NOTICE

Please note that these templates are a guide only. It is the employer’s responsibility to ensure that the content meets the requirement of the regulations.


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