Safety speaks many languages

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This page is also available in different languages: Cantonese, Mandarin, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish.

 

Register online in English for one of the Working at Heights courses.

Safety speaks many languages

Ontario is one of the safest places in the world to work. The Infrastructure Health and Safety Association (IHSA) is your resource for health and safety information that could help save your life. Through skills-based training, we provide safety solutions to those who perform high-risk activities such as working at heights, working with energized high-voltage power systems, driving motor vehicles, transporting dangerous goods, working on suspended access equipment, and utility line clearing.

IHSA has one vision: Safe and healthy workplaces free from incidents, injuries, illnesses or fatalities. We know that 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.

 

Are you exposed to any fall hazards at your workplace?

If your job exposes you to a fall hazard, you are legally required to have working at heights training. Fall hazards, as defined by section 26.2 of O. Reg. 213/91, include working high off the ground (e.g., on roofs, high-rise buildings, or elevated work platforms), or working where there is a possibility of falling through a floor opening or onto a hazardous substance or object such as operating machinery. As of April 1, 2015, working at heights training will also be required by workers who fall under section 6 of O. Reg. 297/13.

Falls are a major cause of serious injuries and fatalities. To make this training available to all workers, IHSA is now offering its Working at Heights training in 10 additional languages (Cantonese, Croatian, Italian, Mandarin, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Serbian, Spanish, and Turkish).

IHSA's one-day Working at Heights course addresses the basic fall prevention information workers need to know to work safely in areas where they may be exposed to fall hazards. Upon completion, participants will be able to recognize common fall hazards, will know how to use various types of equipment to control those hazards, and will understand the laws and regulations related to working at heights.

For full course description, dates, and registration information click here.

 

Valuable resources

Use the links below to find valuable resources such as worker's rights in Ontario, important contact numbers if you feel those rights are being violated, information about protecting yourself when performing high-risk activities such as working at heights, and other useful material. Check back often. We are always adding new resources.

 
 
Tie Off It's the Law Poster

IHSA004 - Tie Off It's the Law Poster

This poster reminds workers to tie off on construction sites. It also provides a list of fines for contravening regulations regarding working at heights.

It is printed on weather-resistant polystyrene with holes in each corner, which will allow it to be displayed in more locations around a jobsite (e.g., affixed to chain-link fences). Full colour. 17” x 22”. Revised 2020.

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