Just a reminder for those employers in Ontario; new working at heights (WAH) training requirements in the Ontario Occupational Health and Safety Act took effect on April 1. Since falls due to working at heights in an unsafe manner is a major factor in a great number of workplace fatalities and injuries at provincial workplaces, especially in the construction industry, this is important to know, because the Ministry of Labour plans to enforce this.
The new regulations require that all employers ensure that every worker on every construction project who has to use any sort of fall arrest system, including travel restraint and fall restricting systems, fall arrest systems, safety nets or safety belts complete a Ministry of Labour-approved training course for working at heights.
Those workers who have already been properly trained under the previous fall protection training requirements in the OHS prior to April 1 will have until April 1, 2017 to be properly trained under the new requirements. However, those workers who will be working at heights on construction projects and have not received training previously will have to undergo proper training before they start beginning now. Ministry inspectors will be treating this as a priority, and they have the ability to issue time-based compliance plan orders in cases when proof of training is required but has not been completed.