About our Working at Heights Training Program
MidSouthWest Training and Consulting offers Ministry of Labour approved Working at Heights training for individuals, contractors and companies in southern Ontario. Our classes take place at locations across
Cambridge. Our classroom training can be completed in 1 day for a cost of $200.00 per person for weekday classes and $225.00 per person for Saturday classes.
To comply with the updated Ministry of Labour guidelines, all workers who have previously completed a Fall Arrest training programme must be registered in a Working at Heights training program approved by Ontario's Chief Prevention Officer that is scheduled to be completed before October 1, 2017. When you register for one of our Working at Heights classes, we will issue an official Letter of Enrollment that will ensure that you comply with the MOL regulations.
About our Group Training Classes
- Course Duration: Training takes 8 hours to complete. All classes start at 8:00 AM and finish at 4:30 PM, including a 45 minute lunch break (lunch is not provided).
- Course Requirements: We provide all of the harnesses, training material and Ministry of Labour registration. Trainees are required to bring a pen. Work boots are not required.
- Class sizes: The maximum class size for Working at Heights training is 24 participants, as outlined by the Ministry of Labour
- Certification: Trainees will be issued with a temporary Working at Heights certification card after successful completion of the training. The Ministry of Labour will send permanent cards by mail. The Working at Heights certification is valid for 3 years.
- Cost for Group Classroom Training:
- Weekday Classes: $200+HST per person, including all training material and MOL registration
- Saturday Classes: $225+HST per person, including all training material and MOL registration
- Discounts for groups of 6 or more
- We can train all of your employees on-site training at your location
Quick Facts About the New Ontario Working at Heights Requirements
- New working at heights training requirements for workers on construction projects that make use of any of the following fall protection methods: travel restraint systems, fall restricting systems, fall arrest systems, safety nets and work belts or safety belts.
- Workers who have previously completed Fall Arrest training must be registered in a CPO-approved Working at Heights course that is scheduled to be completed by October 1, 2017 to complete a CPO-approved working at heights training program.
- The new working at heights training certification is valid for three years from the date of completion.
- All workers who use fall protection systems are required to complete a working at heights training course, even if they have previously completed fall protection training, as outlined in the Construction Projects Regulation (O. Reg. 213/91).
- The working at heights training program must be approved by the Chief Prevention Officer and delivered by a training provider that has met theTraining Provider Standard.
- Workers who have not previously completed a Fall Arrest training program are required to complete a CPO-approved Working at Heights training course prior to working at heights.
Course Description & Learning Outcomes
There are two training modules in the CPO-approved working at heights training course. Module 1 covers basic theory and is a minimum of three hours long. Module 2 is practice and contains more advanced information on fall protection systems, including hands-on demonstrations of equipment and procedures. Module 2 is a minimum of 3.5 hours long. Workers must complete a written test and demonstrate satisfactory completion of a hands-on test to complete the CPO-approved working at heights training course.
After completing Module 1 the CPO-approved working at heights training course, workers will understand:
- the rights and responsibilities of the worker, employer, constructor, supplier, and supervisor as they apply to working at heights
- the role of the Ministry of Labour and inspectors in enforcing the Occupation Health and Safety Act and its regulation
- how to recognize hazards of working at heights, and identify typical accidents and injuries related to working at heights
- the role of safe work plans and procedures in identifying hazards of falling from heights
- the types of warning methods and physical barriers associated with working at heights and their appropriate use
- regulations concerning the types and use of ladders and personal fall projection equipment
After completing Module 2, workers will understand:
- how to identify the appropriate barriers and safety equipment for different situations (bump lines, barriers, guardrails, safety nets)
- regulations and requirements for barriers and safety equipment
- limitations and appropriate application of travel restraints, fall restricting and fall prevention systems
- appropriate location, use and types of anchor points for different situations
- types of work access equipment and platforms (Powered Evaluating Work Platforms (PEWPs), scaffolds, ladders, suspended access equipment, boatswain's chairs)
- the purpose of a working at heights fall rescue plan and the key components of a rescue plan
Our training program is designed to:
- Strengthen workplace safety culture by elevating the profile and importance of preventing falls from heights
- Provide workers who may be exposed to the hazard of falling from heights with adequate knowledge about fall hazards and general safety practices to work safely at heights
- Provide workers who use personal fall protection equipment with sufficient knowledge about its purpose and use
- Reduce the number of fall-from-heights incidents, injuries and fatalities