Workers Health & Safety Centre

Mandatory working at heights training, WHSC supports quick compliance!

Working in construction? Need legally required working at heights training or refresher training right away? Workers Health & Safety Centre (WHSC) can help.
WHSC continues to add Working at Heights (WAH) training and WAH Refresher training opportunities in communities across Ontario over the coming weeks and into the summer. Space permitting, registration for each class remains open until the day prior to the course date. With these classes filling fast though, we encourage you to register and secure your seat today.
Don’t see a date and location that works for you? Contact a WHSC training service representative nearest you. We are working hard to expand our scheduled offerings in addition to working directly with unions and employers to bring this proven, life-saving training to all with an appropriate and safe training facility.

WHSC training checks all the boxes!

Both WHSC WAH training and WAH Refresher training are:
  • legally approved,
  • affordably priced,
  • designed to ensure critical learning is achieved,
  • delivered by experienced instructors from the trades, and
  • supported by complete training records and replacement cards when needed.

Despite the pandemic, in-person classes are required for these two programs to ensure participants achieve hands-on learning and instructors can in turn validate this learning. This said, WHSC has taken steps to ensure the learning environment is a safe one too. All classes observe strict adherence to COVID-19 precautions, including limited class size, entry screening, mask requirements and physical distancing.

Employer WAH training obligations

Ontario health and safety law requires employers to ensure all construction workers in their employ secure WAH training before working at heights and using a fall protection system. This training must meet strict standards, be approved by the Ministry of Labour, Training and Skills Development's (MOLTSD) Chief Prevention Officer (CPO) and delivered by an approved provider.
Approved WAH training is valid for three years from the date of successful completion. For continued compliance, employers must ensure workers complete an approved WAH refresher training prior to the expiration of this three year period and every three years thereafter.
Please note, we are now experiencing particularly high interest in WAH Refresher as a result of the Ontario government’s response to the COVID pandemic. Last year the government offered a one year compliance extension for those who completed initial training between February 28, 2017 and August 31, 2017. Employers must now ensure this group, in addition to those who completed training during the same time period in 2018, complete WAH Refresher prior to their fourth or third anniversary of training respectively.

Again, we encourage you to register today to secure a spot at a location and date meeting your needs.

Need more information still?
Check out our online Working at Heights resources
Regulated working at heights training works and needed: studies
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