Workers Health & Safety Centre

Updates to WHSC Fall Protection training go beyond standard devices

Updates to WHSC <i>Fall Protection</i> training go beyond standard devices
The Workers Health & Safety Centre (WHSC) has recently updated the Fall Protection training program. This is a four-hour program designed for the construction sector. It addresses fall hazards, relevant legislation, effective control measures and safe work procedures for working with fall protection systems. 
The WHSC first developed version 1.0 of this training program in 2011. These recent updates answer participants’ requests for more information in some areas. Version 2.0 expands on the fall clearance calculation, explaining that working at heights greater than 5.64 m (18.8 ft) will allow standard fall arrest systems to deploy correctly preventing the worker from hitting the ground or an object below. However, it emphasizes that using the standard fall arrest at heights lower than 5.64 m puts workers at risk for serious injuries.
Version 2.0 also explains that choosing the right harness and lanyard is critical to ensuring worker health and safety. It gives examples of various types of harnesses and lanyards, including those that provide protection against arc flash hazards.
In addition, the updates contain information about retractable lifelines and tie-back retractable lifelines. As well, it introduces the “personal fall limiter” which is a new product that eliminates the need for fall clearance calculations, as it controls for speed and will automatically arrest a fall at a set distance.
The instructor notes contain eight new overheads (40-47) addressing these changes, including graphic examples depicting fall arrest equipment.