Construction sector employers must review working at heights (WAH) training records for workers they employ to ensure compliance with mandatory training obligations.
Should this review uncover a need for initial WAH training or refresher training
, the Workers Health and Safety Centre (WHSC) can help now
. WHSC has added Working at Heights
and WAH Refresher
training to scheduled courses in communities across Ontario. Spots are currently available through the spring and into the summer months. With these classes filling fast though, we encourage you to register and secure your seat
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.
Both our WAH Training
and WAH Refresher
- priced competitively,
- 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.
WHSC can help now, safely!
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.
Recognizing this double cohort will test the capacity of the training delivery system, the WHSC, a leading provider of WAH approved training, is ready to help
Due to the nature of WAH training, in-person classes are required
to ensure learning is achieved and observed by highly qualified instructors. In light of the current public and occupational health crisis, we have taken steps to ensure safe learning environments for participants and instructors. This includes strict adherence to COVID-19 precautions
, including limiting class size, screening, masking, physical and physical distancing.
Again, we encourage you to register today
to secure a spot at a location and date meeting your needs.
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 and working directly with unions and employers to bring this proven, life-saving training
to all with an appropriate and safe training facility.
Need more information still?
Check out our online Working at Heights resources
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