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

Frequently Asked Questions about Working at Heights Training

+What is the deadline for workers to complete Working at Heights training?

The Ministry of Labour has extended the transition period for the workers to complete a Working At Heights training program by 6 months to October 1, 2017. Employers will now have until October 1, 2017 to ensure that workers successfully complete a Working at Heights course approved by the Chief Prevention Officer (CPO). To be eligible for the extension, workers must have completed fall protection training prior to April 1, 2015 AND be enrolled in a CPO-approved Working at Heights training program scheduled to be completed before October 1, 2017. Workers who have not completed fall protection training are required to have Working at Heights certification.

The Ministry of Labour will be conducting site inspections throughout the summer to ensure that workers and employers are in compliance with the new regulations. All employers/workers must be able to prove:

  • the worker has completed Working at Heights training

OR

  • the worker has completed fall protection training AND is enrolled in a CPO-approved Working at Heights training program scheduled to be completed before October 1, 2017

If you or your employees have not yet completed Working at Heights training, MidSouthWest Training and Consulting advises that you enroll in one of our Working at Heights training classes or schedule an on-site Working at Heights training class today to ensure that all workers comply with the Ministry of Labour requirements.

+Do I need to complete Working at Heights training before I can work at heights?

Before working at heights, all workers must ensure that they are in compliance with the new regulations. The MOL will be conducting site inspections throughout the summer to ensure that:

  • the worker has completed Working at Heights training

OR

  • the worker has completed fall protection training AND is enrolled in a CPO-approved Working at Heights training program scheduled to be completed before October 1, 2017

If you have not yet completed Working at Heights training, MidSouthWest Training and Consulting advises that you enroll in our Working at Heights training class. If you have previously completed a Fall Arrest training program, you must register in an approved Working at Heights training program scheduled to be completed before October 1, 2017 to ensure that you comply with the Ministry of Labour requirements. We issue a written Confirmation of Enrolment Letter for all workers who are registered for scheduled Working at Heights classes.

Workers who have previously completed Fall Arrest training and are registered for a training class scheduled before October 1, 2017 are in compliance with the regulations even if they have not yet completed the class.

+What do employers need to do to ensure that workers comply with the MOL regulation?

To ensure that workers and employers are in compliance with the new regulations. All employers must be able to prove:

  • the worker has completed Working at Heights training

OR

  • the worker has completed fall protection training AND is enrolled in a CPO-approved Working at Heights training program scheduled to be completed before October 1, 2017

If your employees have not yet completed Working at Heights training, MidSouthWest Training and Consulting advises that you enroll your employees in our Working at Heights training class or schedule an on-site Working at Heights training class today to ensure that all workers comply with the Ministry of Labour requirements. We issue a written Confirmation of Enrolment Letter for all workers who are registered for scheduled Working at Heights classes or on-site Working at Heights training.

+When were the working at heights training requirements in Ontario updated?

The Ontario Ministry of Labour updated working at heights Occupational Health and Safety Awareness and Training regular (O. Reg. 297/13) on April 1, 2015. There is a transistion period between April 1, 2015 and October 1, 2017. The regulation requires that employers ensure that all workers on construction projects successfully complete a working at heights training program that is approved by the Chief Prevention Office (CPO) and delivered by a provider that is approved by the CPO before the end of the transistion period.

+When do the new requirements come into force?

There is a transition period for all workers who have previously received training in the use of fall protection systems prior to April 1, 2015. As of April 1, 2017, workers who have completed fall protection training must be enrolled in a CPO-approved Working at Heights training program scheduled to be completed before October 1, 2017 in order to comply with the new requirements.

Workers who were not trained in the use for fall protection systems prior to April 1, 2015 are required to complete the required working at heights training in addition to the existing training requirements for workers who use fall protection systems, as outlined in the Construction Projects Regulation (O. Reg. 213/91).

+Who is required to complete working at heights training in Ontario?

The new requirements apply to all employers of workers on construction projects who use any of the following methods of fall prevention: travel restraint system; fall restricting system; fall arrest system; safety net; work belt; safety belt. This training is in addition to the existing training requirement for workers who use fall protection systems, as outlined in the Construction Projects Regulation (O. Reg. 213/91).

+What are the training requirements for workers on construction projects who use fall projection systems?

All employers on construction projects must ensure that workers are trained in the use fall protection systems, as outlined in the Construction Projects Regulation (O. Reg. 213/91) section 26.2. Workers must be provided with adequate oral and written instructions by a qualified instructor.
Workers should also be provided with training on specific aspects of each work site or construction project must also be provided, as outlined subsection 26.2(1) of the Construction Projects Regulation must be completed, in addition to an approved working at heights training course. Please see the Ministry of Labour’s website for more information.

+Are workers required to take the new working at heights training course if they have completed fall protection training prior to April 1, 2015?

Fall protection training courses completed prior to April 1, 2015 meet the requirements of section 26.2 of O. Reg 213/91 but do not meet the requirements of O. Reg. 297/13.

+Do workers who use fall protection systems at workplaces not covered by the Construction Projects Regulations have to complete the CPO-approved working at heights training?

As of May 2016, workers do not have to complete the CPO-approved working at heights training if they work at workplaces not covered by the Construction Projects Regulations. Please consult with the Ministry of Labour’s website for the most up-to-date information.

+How long is the working at heights training valid for?

The training is valid of three years from the date of successful completion. After the three year period, refresher training must be taken.

+Do workers have to retake an approved working at heights training program if they change employers?

No, the worker does not need to complete another CPO-approved working at heights training program as long as their previous training is still within the three-year validity range. It is the employers responsibility to ensure that new workers meet the requirements outlined in the Construction Projects Regulation and has valid working at heights training.

+What type of documentation do workers receive after completing a CPO-approved working at heights training program?

Trainees will be provided with proof of completion after completing the courss. Workers will receive a CPO-issued proof of completion card after completed a CPO-approved working at heights training program in the form of a standardized wallet-sized proof of training card. Workers are not required to carry this card at work. The Ministry of Labour keeps a centralized record of all workers who have completed the approved working at heights training course.

+What are the standards for CPO-approved working at heights training programs and training providers?

The Working at Heights Training Program Standard outlines the minimum content required for a program to be approved by the CPO, including leaning outcomes. The Working at Heights Training Provider Standard outlines the minimum criteria for training providers to meet to be approved by the CPO, including instructor qualifications and quality of training delivery. CPO-approved working at heights training instructors must have a professional occupational health and safety description and at least five years of recent occupational health and safety experience. They must be experienced in delivery of adult education, for example, by having more than 100 hours of adult-education deliver experience. In addition, CPO-approved instructors must have general knowledge of the Occupational Health and Safety Act and regulations related to working at heights.

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