Workers Health & Safety Centre

Working at heights training deadline is fast approaching. WHSC can help!

The COVID crisis forced the Ontario government to offer a one-year compliance extension for those completing mandatory Working at Heights training. That deadline is weeks away.

The compliance deadline affects anyone who first completed Working at Heights (WAH) 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 period in 2018, completes WAH Refresher prior to their fourth or third anniversary of training respectively.

WHSC can help. We are offering WAH training and WAH Refresher training in communities across Ontario all 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.

WHSC WAH  training—Learning and compliance assured

Despite the pandemic, in-person classes are required for these two WAH training programs to ensure this hands-on learning is not only achieved but also observed by highly qualified instructors. We continue to take steps to ensure the safety of the learning environment too. All classes observe strict adherence to COVID-19 precautions, including limited class size, entry screening, mask requirements and physical distancing.

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.

Please note, we are now experiencing particularly high interest in WAH Refresher as a result of the Ontario government’s extended training deadline.

To secure a space at a location and date that meets your needs register today
Don’t see a date and location that works for you? 
Contact a WHSC training services representative nearest you. We also work directly with unions and employers to bring this proven, life-saving training to all with an appropriate and safe training facility.

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.
Need more information still?
Check out our online Working at Heights resources
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