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New Rules & Regulations for Working at Heights in Construction

As of April 1, 2015, new legislation has been put in place for Working at Heights for Construction.

Who does this apply to?

All workers on construction projects who use travel restraint systems, fall restricting systems, fall arrest systems, safety nets, or work/safety belts fall under this new legislation.

If you have existing fall protection training from before April 1, you have been grandfathered into this new legislation and have until April 1, 2017 to take this new training course.

If you do not have fall protection training and you work at heights you are required to take the new Working at Heights course.

 

What’s different about this new course?

Working at Heights is a full day course and is far more intensive than the previous Fall Protection training. The course encompasses many topics including the OHSA and Regulations, Fall Protection System Training, Hierarchy of Controls, 100% Tie off, Fit Testing of Personal Harness, Fall Prevention and various systems of fall protection, restraint and access.

Fall protection had no real expiry date, though you were expected to review on the job on a yearly basis, while Working at Heights has a 3 year expiry.

 

How do I take this training?

ICSS is an approved training provider for the new program offering courses in both our Kingston and Brockville locations. Courses are a full day consisting of both theory and practical hands-on demonstration. Each person must bring their harness and come wearing safety shoes.

Upon completion of the course ICSS will issue a temporary certificate, course information will then be submitted to the Ministry of Labour who will then issue a permanent certificate mailed to the participant’s home address.

For more information on the regulation please feel free to visit the Ministry of Labour website at: www.labour.gov.on.ca/english/hs/topics/heights.php

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