BCA: What you need to know about the changes to Working at Heights

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The Barrie Construction Association recently sent the following email to its members:

As of April 1st, the Ministry of Labour (MOL) will be making the change to the new WAH training program.  All construction workers, employees, sub contractors and home renovators must complete the new Working at Heights training program by April 1st, 2017, if they work above heights of 10ft or more.

Workers who have already received training that meets section 26.2 of the Construction Regulation (213/91) will have two years (until April 1, 2017) to complete an approved Working at Heights training program.

After April 1st, those who do not currently have Fall Protection Training (or take a course before this deadline), legally cannot work above heights of 10 ft. from a work surface, until they complete the new approved MOL Working at Heights Standard modules 1 & 2 (Theory & Practical).  This course is offered here at the BCA check our website for a training sessions that meets your needs http://www.barrieca.com/education/.

The below information is taken from the MOL web site:

“Working at Heights Training

  • Content last reviewed: December 2014

As of April 1, 2015, certain workers will need to complete a working at heights training program that has been approved by the Chief Prevention Officer before they can work at heights.

The new training requirement is for workers on construction projects who use any of the following methods of fall protection:

  • travel restraint systems
  • fall restricting systems
  • fall arrest systems
  • safety nets
  • work belts or safety belts

There is a two year transition period for workers who already meet the existing fall protection training requirements set out in section 26.2 of the Construction Regulation. These workers will have until April 1, 2017 to complete an approved working at heights training program.

The new training requirements in the Occupational Health and Safety Awareness and Training Regulation will be in addition to the current training requirements under the Construction Regulation.”

To read more please visit the MOL website at http://www.labour.gov.on.ca/english/hs/topics/heights.php.