Working at Heights certification is a mandatory requirement in Ontario for employees/contractors who work at over 3 meters (10 feet), as noted on Government of Ontario website.
What does Occupational Health and Safety Act say with regards to employer’s duties?
Before we delve deeper into fall protection training, this is a good starting point. In fact, Sec 25 of the Occupational Health and Safety Act sets out general and specific duties for an employer.
The employer has the key general duties to:
- Take all reasonable precautions for protecting workers’ health and safety
- Ensure that the company maintains all equipment, material, and protective equipment in good condition
- Provide workers with information, instruction, and supervision for protecting their health and safety
- Cooperate with the Joint Health and Safety Committee
- Comply with all the regulations made under the Occupational Health and Safety Act
- Develop and implement an OHS program and policies
- Provide Joint Health and Safety Committee with health and safety reports
Moreover, sub-section 1 of sec 23 of the OHS Act lists out the duties of a constructor.
Duties of a constructor:
- Ensure the company complies with all the measures and procedures prescribed by the OHS Act and its regulations
- Make sure every employer and worker engaged in a construction project complies with the Act’s regulations and requirements
Working At Heights as a mandatory requirement in Ontario
What does the OHS Act say?
The Occupational Health and Safety Awareness and Training Regulation (Ontario Regulation 297/13) under the OHS Act clearly sets out WAH as a mandatory requirement.
Moreover, the regulation clearly specifies the training requirements for the working at heights program. Furthermore, the training will have a validity period of three years from the date of completion. Also, a participant needs to complete this training only through a CPO-approved training provider.
Employers have to ensure workers use fall protection
Under construction projects, sub-section 26.2 (1) of O. Reg. 213/91states that:
- Employers will continue to have a duty to ensure that their workers who may use a fall protection system are trained properly
- Moreover, the training can be through oral and written instructions provided by a competent person
Furthermore, please note that the Occupational Health and Safety Act defines a workplace as any land, premises, location or thing at, upon, in, or near which a worker works.
Therefore, the Occupational Health and Safety Act considers a construction site as the workplace for construction workers. Hence, employers should follow the construction regulations falling under the Act. Further, the regulations clearly state that working at heights is a mandatory requirement in Ontario.
Working at Heights Training Course Outline
Working at Heights is CPO-approved course delivered as Parts 1 and 2. 4S Consulting delivers Part 1 online and Part 2 as classroom training practical session. Hence, you limit your exposure. Moreover, you don’t have to take a full day off to get certified.
Part 1: Theory, online module (4 hrs)
Participants can easily complete part 1 theory module online. It covers the following topics:
- Understanding of rights, responsibilities
- Risk assessment, hazard recognition
- Safety procedures for ladders, other similar equipment
- Safety procedures for warning methods, physical barriers
Part 2: Practical training (3.5 hrs)
We follow strict COVID-19 protocols. Part 2 covers the following topics:
- Barriers, safety nets
- Personal fall protection equipment
- Anchor points
- Work positioning systems, work access, platforms
Working at Heights Refresher training
Update from MinistryIf your WAH training has expired between February 28, 2020 and August 31, 2020 then you were granted a ONE-YEAR EXTENSION to the validity period of your certificate. A half-day WAH Refresher training must be completed before the expiration to maintain the Certificate’s validity for another 3 years.
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