There are major changes coming to the Ontario Fall Protection
Regulations and training requirements (now known as 'Working
at Heights Training').
As of April 1st, 2015, Ontario is adopting a new and more
intensive training requirement which replaces the old
standard. This Working at Heights training standard requires
all 'new workers' who work in 'Construction Projects'
to have a minimum 6.5 hours of training every 3 years.
The following are the minimum hours for training delivery:
Working at Heights Basic Theory module - 3 hours; and
Working at Heights Practical (hands-on) module - 3.5 hours.
Part A is allowed to be delivered 'online' while Part B is
not. As such YOW Canada will no longer be delivering our
current Fall Protection training as of April 1st, 2015 to
Ontario workers who work on 'Construction Projects'
(Training to all other Provinces other than Ontario and
Newfoundland, will continue to be delivered).
There is however an important 'phase-in period' with
these newly adopted 'Working at Heights' regulations. That is,
that if you or your employees have previously had Fall
Protection training with YOW Canada, those trainees are
'grandfathered-in' and therefore have a full 2 year grace
period to comply with the new 'Working at Heights'
standard. This applies to trainees who successfully completed
YOW Canada's Fall Protection training before April 1st,
So, in a nutshell, any of your currently certified Fall
Protection trainees will remain to be in compliance for 2
years after the April 1st, 2015 deadline. And if any of your
current employees require Fall Protection training and have
not yet been trained, they will also have this 2 year 'grace
period' as long as they complete YOW Canada's 'Fall Protection
Training Program' before the April 1st, 2015 deadline.
At your discretion, we urge you to ask any of your current
employees who require Fall Protection training (who haven't
already done so in the past) to complete the current YOW
Canada's training program. This will give them the option of
deferring their need to comply with the new 'full day' Working
at Heights' training until April 1st, 2017.
If you have any questions, please contact our Sales or Health
and Safety team for more information. More detailed
information is also available at the Ministry of Labour's
YOW Canada Inc.
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