MOL extends working at heights training deadline for certain workers

May 15, 2017

Worker on roofIn response to employer requests, Ontario's Ministry of Labour has extended a deadline for working at heights training. The extension applies only to workers who, before April 1, 2015, met the fall protection training requirements set out in subsection 26.2(1) of O. Reg. 213/91.

If you're not in compliance with the training requirements, enrol your workers in an approved training program as soon as possible - for their sake and for yours. Falls account for one in six lost-time injuries.

The original deadline for this training was April 1, 2017. Now these workers have until October 1, 2017 so long as the following conditions are met:

  • the worker(s) in question must have completed fall protection training that met the requirements of section 26.3(1) of O.Reg.213/91 (Construction Projects) before April 1, 2015 (as indicated above)
  • the worker is enrolled in a working at heights training program scheduled for completion before October 1, 2017
  • the employer has written proof of enrolment, which must be made available to an inspector on request

Proof of enrolment must include these four items:

  • worker's name
  • training provider's name
  • date on which the training will be completed
  • name of approved training program

Who's affected

The regulatory requirement for working at heights training applies to:

  1. Workers on Construction Projects who may use these methods of fall protection:
    • travel restraint system
    • fall restricting system
    • fall arrest system
    • safety net
    • work belt
    • safety belt
  2. Workplaces undertaking any of these projects, and the projects involve working at heights:
    • moving a building or structure
    • installing machinery
    • constructing a building, bridge, structure, industrial establishment, mining plant, shaft, tunnel, caisson, trench, excavation, highway, railway, street, runway, parking lot, cofferdam, conduit, sewer, watermain, service connection, telephone or electrical cable, pipeline, duct or well, or any combination thereof *

"If you're the constructor for any of these projects," explains WSPS consultant Shannan Boston, "you have to make sure that every employer and every worker performing work on the project complies with the Occupation Health and Safety Act and the regulations, including O. Reg. 297/13 covering working at heights training."

"Even if you've outsourced the construction work to a general contractor, you still have a shared responsibility as the project owner."

Act now

To ensure workplaces are taking proper precautions, the Ministry of Labour begins a fall prevention inspection blitz on October 2, 2017.

If you have employees on construction projects who may require this training,

How WSPS can help

If you have employees who work at heights,

* Based on the Occupational Health and Safety Act's definition of a construction project