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New 'Working from Heights" Regulation

February 18, 2014 at 2:10 AM

Ontario Ministry of Labour announce a new 'Working from Heights" Regulation. This new 2104 initiative will have the potential to standardize and change the way employers will address the safety concerns surrounding their workers who are required to work from heights: 

The recommended training modules will cover the following topics:

The training program standard for working at heights has two modules:

  • Module 1: Basic Theory is knowledge and awareness-based
  • Module 2: Practical Equipment contains advanced knowledge and hands on demonstration of equipment and procedures. This includes practical instruction in the proper care and use of fall protection equipment.

An evaluation of learners’ knowledge and competency is a part of each module. For module 2, this includes an evaluation of the skills a worker has learned through demonstration, including:

  • Inspecting and identifying deficiencies in personal fall arrest equipment,
  • appropriately putting on and taking off personal fall arrest equipment, and
  • maintaining tie-off at all times to an anchor point when changing anchor points.
  • Developing mandatory fall protection training for workers working at heights was one of the priority recommendations in a report issued in December 2010 by the Expert Advisory Panel on Occupational Health and Safety. (Recommendation #17). The Ministry will be proposing a regulation to make this standard mandatory in the construction sector.

    The Working at Heights Training Program Standard is an important step in creating a quality training system for health and safety training, especially training for high-hazard activities.

    Falls in Ontario workplaces remain a significant cause of injury and death despite heightened enforcement and awareness campaigns. With this training program standard the overall quality and consistency of working at heights training programs will be improved.

 

Contact Hot Zone Training for further details and to investigate the unique tools we use to accommodate the depth of this need.

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