Update: The Ministry of Labour has extended the Working at Heights training compliance deadline to Oct. 1, 2017, with mandatory conditions attached. If you need further information, please contact us, we can help you.
Ontario Ministry of Labour – Press Release: Working at Heights
Deadline extension: October 1, 2017
All workers who use fall protection on a construction project must complete an approved working at heights training program. This includes workers who met the fall protection training requirements of the Construction Projects Regulation prior to April 1, 2015.
Employers must ensure that certain workers complete a working at heights training program that has been approved by the Chief Prevention Officer (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.
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.
The Ministry has now extended the transition period by six (6) months to October 1, 2017. Employers will have until then to ensure that workers successfully complete a CPO-approved working at heights training program.
The extension applies only to experienced workers – those who completed fall protection training prior to April 1, 2015 – who are enrolled in a CPO-approved working at heights training program scheduled to be completed before October 1, 2017. For further details, please click on link below