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Fall Protection

Course Overview:

This online Fall Protection course is designed to provide you with the knowledge to help minimize fall hazards and protect yourself and others from serious injury.

Upon successful completion, you should be able to:

  • Explain the importance of fall protection
  • Identify fall protection systems and components
  • Complete fall protection calculations
  • Explain fall protection planning and procedures

Alberta legislation was used extensively in the development of this course as Alberta has some of the most rigorous legislative standards in Canada. CSA, ANSI, CEN, and industry standards were also used. Although this course provides employers with a means of fulfilling their OH&S requirements, the course focuses on the safety of individuals working in the field.

I-CAB Recognized Course

This content developer is recognized by the International Competency Assessment Board (I-CAB) for its expertise in this subject matter and is listed as a competency development resource for I-CAB assessment participants.

Online Course Topics

Module 1: Importance of Fall Protection

  • Statistics
  • Additional training
  • Overview of the Alberta OH&S Act, Regulation, and Code

Module 2: Fall Protection System Components

  • Full body harnesses
    • Classifications
    • Pre-use inspections
    • Donning and doffing a harness
    • Hazards and cautions
  • Engineered and non-engineered anchors
    • Pre-use inspections
    • Hazards and cautions
  • Connecting components
    • Carabiners and snap hooks
    • Pre-use inspections
    • Hazards and cautions
  • Life safety ropes
    • Pre-use inspections
    • Hazards and cautions
  • Fall arresters
    • Types
    • Pre-use inspections
    • Hazards and cautions
  • Horizontal lifelines
    • Hazards and cautions
  • Energy absorbers
    • Types
    • Hazards and cautions
  • Lanyards
    • Classes
    • Pre-use inspections
    • Hazards and cautions
  • Self-retracting devices
    • Types
    • Pre-use inspections
    • Hazards and cautions

Module 3: Fall Protection Systems

  • Types of falls
  • Personal and collective fall arrest systems
    • Hazards and cautions
    • Personnel safety net pre-use inspections, hazards, and cautions
  • Personal travel restraint systems
    • Hazards and cautions
    • Control zones
      • Pre-use inspections
      • Hazards and cautions
  • Work positioning systems
    • Hazards and cautions
  • Ladders
    • Types
    • Pre-use inspections
    • Hazards and cautions

Module 4: Fall Protection Calculations

  • Arresting force
  • Calculations
    • Free fall distance
    • Clearance required
      • Clearance required from a platform
      • Clearance required from an anchor
      • Clearance required from a D-ring
      • Clearance required with swing fall

Module 5: Fall Protection Planning and Procedures

  • Fall protection plans
    • Hazard control
    • Personal protective equipment (PPE)
  • Rescue and escape planning
    • Emergency preparedness and response
    • Self-rescue hazards and cautions
    • Communication

Course Duration

Approximately 3 hours

Online Assessment

Testing conducted in this online Fall Protection course is designed to reinforce the information presented. A mark of 80% must be achieved in order to receive a certificate of completion. Users are able to repeat the course twice if the pass mark is not achieved on the first attempt. Print materials that further reinforce the information in this course can be accessed online.

Certificate of Completion

Upon successful completion of this online course, a certificate of completion will be available to download and print.


Note to our Ontario customers – This Fall protection course will not meet the new Ontario Ministry of Labour guidelines for Working at Heights certification. If you work in Ontario and require Working at Heights training, please click here for more information or contact our office and we can arrange in class training for you as per the Ministry of Labour Guidelines. (905.672.3600).