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Working At Heights Resources

Working at Heights Resources

Falls from heights are the leading cause of traumatic worker deaths and critical injuries in construction. To help stop these tragedies, Ontario regulation requires employers to ensure construction workers in their employ complete a Ministry of Labour-approved, Working at Heights training program before working at heights and using a fall restricting system, fall arrest system, safety net, work belt or safety belt.

Since April 1, 2015, employers must ensure untrained or inadequately trained workers on construction projects complete a Ministry of Labour (MOL)-approved working at heights training program.

Workers who, prior to April 1, 2015, had met previous fall protection training requirements under the Regulation for Construction Projects (O. Reg 213/91), must be enrolled in an MOL-approved Working at Heights training program to be completed before October 1, 2017. This is an extension from the original deadline of April 1, 2017. Employers must have written proof of enrollment, including the name of the worker, training program and provider, and date training is to be completed. Proof of enrollment must be made available to a MOL inspector upon request.

Completion of this last phase will ensure the training standard is universally applied across the construction sector. Approved training is valid for three years from the date of successful completion. Employers must also maintain detailed records of training.

WHSC can help with all aspects of the new requirements. We are a MOL-approved working at heights training provider. With qualified instructors located throughout the province, we can help you get into compliance fast. Our program is also designed to ensure critical learning takes place. And we maintain training records for you.

Related Resources

The following electronic files are available to help spread the word about this important issue and the WHSC’s capacity to help ensure compliance. Download and share the following:

To learn more email us at contactus@whsc.on.ca or call a WHSC training services representative today, 1.888.869.7950.