From April 1, 2015, employers must ensure that certain workers complete a working at heights training program approved by the Chief Prevention Officer and delivered by an approved training provider before they can work at heights.
The 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, prior to April 1, 2015, met the fall protection training requirements set out in subsection 26.2(1) of the Construction Projects Regulation. These workers will have until April 1, 2017 to complete an approved working at heights training program.
This training requirement is part of the Occupational Health and Safety Awareness and Training Regulation, and is in addition to training requirements under the Construction Regulation.
The BCA runs MOL approved Working at Heights training classes on a regular basis and to date hava successfully trained more than 200 workers. For a complete schedule of WAH training and additional industry related safety courses visit www.barrieca.com/education.