WAH Training Deadline Extended to Oct. 1

The Ministry of Labour has extended by six months the April 1 compliance deadline for construction workers to get their new Working at Heights training.

The new deadline is October 1 – meaning all Ontario construction site employers will have until then to ensure workers who use fall protection systems on their projects, have taken a new Ministry of Labour-approved Working at Heights (WAH) safety training course.

The extension applies only to experienced workers – those who completed fall protection training prior to April 1, 2015 – who are enrolled in a Chief Prevention Officer (CPO)-approved working at heights training program scheduled to be completed before October 1, 2017.

Tickner & Associates  is reminding employers that, if your workers face fall hazards on construction projects, you are legally required to provide fall protection training that has been approved by the CPO and delivered by a CPO-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 and work belts or safety belts.

Employers need to provide workers with training for working at heights that meets or exceeds the MOL standard.

Tickner & Associates provide a one-day course that gives a complete overview of legislated requirements, hazards, and hazard controls related to working at heights. Working at Heights safety training from Tickner & Associates helps ensure you’re in compliance with legislation and the MOL Working at Heights Program Standard.

Workers attending our unique training program receive the most up-to-date information with hands-on instruction from our WAH safety experts. This training requirement is in the Occupational Health and Safety Awareness and Training Regulation, and is in addition to training requirements under the Construction Regulation.

Please ensure that your workers are fully trained and carry their proof of training cards from the Ministry of Labour with them at all times. For further information, or any training inquiries, please feel free to reach us at 416.891.7120, at tickner@safetyway.com or visit our blog: blog.safetyway.com