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WHSC Releases Revised Working at Heights Program

 WHSC Releases Revised <i>Working at Heights</i> Program
Thanks to the feedback from instructors, participants and union representatives, WHSC’s Working at Heights program has been recently improved. The new Version 4 brings more information in some areas, clarity to some difficult topics, brightens up some photos and replaces others images. 
WHSC program developers expanded the new participant manual to include additional information on Canadian Standard Association (CSA) classes of harnesses and lanyards. Some text has been edited to provide more clarity and reduce repetition. More information has also been added about the employer’s requirement to supplement working at heights training with site specific training, which should include the actual equipment being used by the worker. Information about suspension trauma was increased too. Further, the program update includes the symptoms as well as what causes a fallen worker to pass out while suspended.
The sometimes controversial program section about ladder safety now better explains why a ladder is not considered a work platform and the minimum width of a work platform allowed in the construction regulation. Program developers once again edited this section to reduce repetition and improve flow of safety procedures for the various types of ladders.
This new version includes the appropriate regulation section numbers in the background and PowerPoint when the regulation is referred to. Many participants asked where they could find this information; having the numbers will allow the training to flow much better. 
In all, 13 new PowerPoint slides were added. Some slides were added to allow for bigger graphics and tables included in existing slides. Other new slides were added to assist with the program flow. Additionally, some of the areas where the instructor would be forced to refer to the participant manual in order to highlight concepts or information are now on the PowerPoint. This should also allow for a smoother program flow and ensures these areas are not missed.
For all changes, the instructor’s notes were adjusted accordingly.
Program developers have also updated the written evaluation. Although the evaluation questions remain the same, some photos were replaced to better communicate the related concepts.
To assist instructors with the transition from Version 3 to Version 4 of this program, program developers have posted helpful tools in the WHSC instructors lounge under “Instructor Demonstration Tools.” Videos, PowerPoint presentations and pdf files for instructors explain the recent changes, the items in the kit and how to load the kit to distribute the weight evenly between both boxes.
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