The Working at Heights (WAH) course from Safety First Training is approved by the Ontario Ministry of Labour. This course is taught by our certified trainers and we offer short notice training or weekend sessions if required. If you have been certified in Fall Protection training prior to April 1st, 2015, there has been an extension granted by the Ontario Ministry of Labour to October 1, 2017  to complete the new Working at Heights training program, however there are conditions attached to this extension. The conditions are: “The worker(s) in question must have completed fall protection training that met the requirements of section 26.2(1) of O. Reg. 213/91 (Construction Projects) before April 1, 2015, and the worker must be enrolled in a WAH training program that will be completed before October 1, 2017.  The employer must have written proof of enrollment, which must be made available to an inspector upon request. The proof of enrollment must include the name of the worker, the name of the approved training provider, the date on which the approved training is scheduled to be complete, and the name of the approved training program.” 

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Working at Heights (WAH) Training Ontario

This course is approved by the Ontario Ministry of Labour and is designed to:

  • Promote a strong workplace safety culture by identifying the importance of safe working at height principles.
  • Teach all workers who work at heights, the proper theory and practical protection training to help keep them safe in their workplaces.
  • Demonstrate all related fall protection equipment available and proper donning and doffing techniques.
  • Educate on the various dangers of working at height and how to prevent accidents.

Course Outline:

  • Rights and responsibilities
  • General hazard recognition
  • Hierarchy of controls
  • Procedures for warning methods and physical barriers
  • Procedures for safety equipment
  • Personal protective equipment (PPE)
  • Barrier and safety nets
  • Anchor points
  • Work positioning systems, work access equipment and platforms
  • Rescue and planning

Employers must ensure that certain workers complete a working at heights training program that has been approved by the Chief Prevention Officer (CPO) and delivered by a CPO approved training provider such as Safety First Training before they can work at heights.

The training requirement is for workers on construction projects who use any of the following methods of fall protection: travel restraint systems, fall restricting systems, fall arrest systems, safety nets and work belts or safety belts.

This training requirement is in the Occupational Health and Safety Awareness and Training Regulation, and is in addition to training requirements under the Construction Regulation.

The Ministry has now extended the transition period by six (6) months to October 1, 2017. Employers will have until then to ensure that workers successfully complete a CPO-approved working at heights training program.

The extension applies only to experienced workers – those who completed fall protection training prior to April 1, 2015 – who are enrolled in a CPO-approved working at heights training program scheduled to be completed before October 1, 2017.

  • Duration:

    As per Ontario Ministry of Labour standards, this course is a minimum of 7 + hours

  • Assessment:

    A passing grade of 75% is required in order to receive a certificate

  • Completion:

    Upon successful completion of this course, the participant will receive a temporary PDF wallet card and the Ministry of Labour will directly send each participant their official certificate

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