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WORKING AT HEIGHTS TRAINING & REFRESHER COURSES

The Working at Heights Training and Working at Heights Refresher Courses are both approved by the Ontario Ministry of Labour. These courses are taught by our certified trainers and we offer short notice training or weekend sessions if required. All employers who have employees that work at height must have their workers successfully complete the full CPO-approved Working at Heights Training program. The full course is valid for a period of 3 years from date of successful completion. To avoid this certification from expiring the Working at Heights Refresher Course will need to be completed.

Training is offered around Southern Ontario including Toronto, Mississauga, Brampton, Markham, Oakville, Burlington, Hamilton, Niagara Falls, London, Kitchener, Waterloo, Cambridge and Barrie.

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Note – we do not provide public sessions for individuals

Working at Heights Training and Working at Heights Refresher Courses

The full Working at Heights Training course and the Working at Heights Training ‘Refresher’ Course are both approved by the Ontario Ministry of Labour.

Working at Heights Training and Working at Heights Refresher Courses are designed to:

  • Promote a strong workplace safety culture by identifying the importance of safe working at height principles.
  • Teach all workers who work at heights, the proper theory and practical protection training to help keep them safe in their workplaces.
  • Demonstrate all related fall protection equipment available and proper donning and doffing techniques.
  • Educate on the various dangers of working at height and how to prevent accidents.

Working at Heights – Full Course Outline:

  • Rights and responsibilities
  • General hazard recognition
  • Hierarchy of controls
  • Procedures for warning methods and physical barriers
  • Procedures for safety equipment
  • Personal protective equipment (PPE)
  • Barrier and safety nets
  • Anchor points
  • Work positioning systems, work access equipment and platforms
  • Rescue and planning

Working at Heights – Refresher Course Outline:

  • Barriers, guardrails and safety nets
  • Personal fall protection equipment
  • Practical demonstration and fall distance calculations
  • Anchor points
  • Work positioning systems, work access equipment and platforms
  • Rescue planning

Employers must ensure that certain workers complete Working at Heights Training and Working at Heights Refresher Courses that have been approved by the Chief Prevention Officer (CPO) and delivered by an approved training provider such as Safety First Training 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 Ontario Ministry of Labour mandated October 1, 2017 as the final date that employers must have their workers successfully complete a working at heights (wah) training CPO-approved program. If anyone has not completed this training by this date, they are operating outside of the law.

  • Duration:

    As per Ontario Ministry of Labour standards, the full course is a minimum of 7 + hours. The refresher course is 4 hours

  • Assessment:

    A passing grade of 75% is required in order to receive a certificate

  • Completion:

    Upon successful completion of this course, the participant will receive a temporary PDF wallet card and the Ministry of Labour will directly send each participant their official certificate


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