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General Fall Protection Training Questions
What is Fall Protection
Most provinces have specific definitions of Fall Protection, however a few general examples are:
- Hazard elimination through safe work practices,
- Fall prevention with travel restraint systems and guardrails; and
- Fall arrest through safety nets or fall arrest systems.
Do I need a Fall Protection Course?
Generally, if you are performing work with a fall hazard of over three meters all workers require training in fall protection.
General training (such as this course) will cover the legislation, recognizing the hazards and how they are assessed and the different methods of preventing a fall or arresting a fall should it occur.
Additionally all Fall Protection training should include some hands-on training with the safety equipment to be used, especially the donning of safety harnesses.
Workers with emergency rescue responsibilities will need additional training related to the rescue.
Who is responsible for Fall Protection training and Fall Protection education?
Regardless of the source of training or how it is provided to workers, the employer has the duty to ensure it is adequate to protect the health and safety of the workers who work in or around the fall hazard.
YOW Canada's Fall Protection Course is one method of training.
Additional 'hands-on' training on the specific equipment and procedures to be used will be required.
How often do I need Fall Protection Training?
General training must be given before anyone works at a height of over 3 meters (or 10 feet).
The training must be reviewed if there are any changes in the circumstances that may affect the safety of a worker or when provincial regulations require it.
Nova Scotia, for example, requires training every 3 years.
Consult with your industry's provincial safety association or Worker's Compensation Board for details on when re-certification is required. Click here to see a list of all the provincial Fall Protection Regulations.
How can we comply with the Regulations?
You need a Fall Protection Program that:
- Identifies fall hazards;
- Specifies the safe work practices that eliminate the hazards;
- Trains your employees in Fall Prevention and Fall Arrest; and
- Makes all employees aware of the details surrounding a 'written rescue plan' for each jobsite.
If I change employers/jobs, do I have to retrain?
The onus is on the employer to ensure that his or her staff is properly trained for the job. Because you can never be too sure of previous training, it's recommended that new employees take a FP course, including site-specific training.
Can I take this course as an individual?
Absolutely! If you are taking this course as an individual, simply enter your name in the area for "Company Name".
Can I take one of YOW's FP courses and then train my own workers in FP.
YOW Canada's FP course is not intended or designed for trainers and we do not recommend that it be used to train a trainer. In order to reap the full benefits of this course we recommend that each trainee complete a FP course themselves. This also ensures that each employee receives a FP certificate.
Who signs my certificate?
The “employer” signature should be signed by the direct supervisor of the employee. The “employee” signature should be signed by the actual trainee. If you are self-employed you must sign as both the “employee” and the “employer”.
What needs to be included in a fall protection training program?
Both general and site-specific training are required.
YOW's Fall Protection Online Course is general training that covers the legislation, how to recognize fall hazards and how they are addressed.
Practical site specific training is also required to cover the particular equipment used to work safely and the specific response procedures for any emergency in the workplace.
Does YOW Canada's Fall Protection course meet all the provincial training requirements across Canada?
Yes, our Fall Protection training course was designed to meet all of the general provincial training requirements across Canada.
The only exceptions to this are Newfoundland and some special circumstances in Ontario.
As of January 1, 2012, Newfoundland has adopted a new set of regulations that require a 2 day 'hands on' training course for any workers that use fall protection equipment (such as a harness).
If you are a resident of Newfoundland and you or your employees are required to use fall protection equipment, then YOW's FP training is not sufficient.
Check with your local safety association for details.
As of April 1, 2015, this course is no longer valid for Ontario workers who work on ‘Construction Projects’. If you work on ‘Construction Projects’ in Ontario and took this course prior to this date, you will have 2 years to comply with the new Ontario ‘Working at Heights’ program. Otherwise, for any other workers who work in other Provincially or Federally designated ‘sectors’, this online FP training will continue to be available and fully compliant.For more information please view: labour.gov.on.ca
Do I need additional training?
In some cases yes, but this depends on your exact working circumstances. Sometimes general training must be followed up with site specific or hands-on training with the safety equipment to be used at your workplace. This training is often completed by the employer, supervisor or a competent person on-site. YOW Canada’s training certificates include a section to fill-out and initial for any site specific training delivered, particularly for donning of a harness and any other site specific equipment such as - scaffolds, ladders, Power Elevated Work Platforms and any other special equipment used while working at heights.
Also, workers with emergency rescue responsibilities will need additional training related to rescue.
FP Online Training:
How does the FP online course work?
YOW Canada's FP online course works in a 3 step process:
Step 1 - Register:
Once the courses have been purchased all trainees must be registered for the course. Registration is done online through the Training Administration page. You can also contact YOW Canada by phone at 1-866-688-2845, email or by fax to have us register your trainees. Once registered, login and password information is emailed to the administrator.
Step 2 - Take the Course:
Trainees can log in at any time to start their training and can log in and out as many times as necessary to complete their training. The course is about 3 hours in length. It includes audio, video, animation and interactive exercises. It makes training fun and educational!
Step 3 - Print your Certificate:
Once completed, the wallet and wall-mount certificates are emailed to the administrator. The certificates are printable and accompanied by a Performance Record that displays how the trainee performed throughout the course (scores for each chapter etc.).
Is the course available in French?
Yes, our FP online course is available in French. Once a trainee logs into the course, he will choose which language he wants to take the training in.
Learn more about our FP in French Online Course (PCC) .
How long does it take to complete the online course?
The average trainee can complete this FP online course in about 3 hour(s).
Can I log into the course more than once?
Yes, you can log in and out of the course as many times as necessary in order to complete your training. When you log back into the course, you will be brought back to your last visited page. You have up to 1 year to complete your course.
Do I have to complete the course in one session?
No, you may log in and out as many times as necessary to complete your course. Your work will be saved.
What will I receive when I have completed my training?
Once you complete the course, a pdf document will be available for you to download and print. This document is also emailed to the Training Administrator. This document will include your Performance Record and certificate. The certificate includes your name, your employer's name and the date you certified.
How will I receive my training certificate?
The certificate will be automatically available for printing once you complete the course. It will also be emailed to the Training Administrator. If you are self-employed, the certificate is sent to your email address directly.
I am the training administrator. How can I monitor my trainee's progress?
As an administrator, you have access to the Course Administration site where you can monitor and track each trainee's progress. You can see quiz scores, view certificates, activate accounts and more.
You will receive a copy of all training certificates by email as soon as the employee has completed the course.
You can also be able to re-register any employee's who's certificates have expired.
Why should I choose online training versus classroom training?
Online training with YOW Canada is fast, easy and effective. Some of the benefits of online training include:
- Training is available 24/7, on any computer with an internet connection.
- Trainees can log in and out to complete their training at their convenience anytime from anywhere, so scheduling is never a problem.
- Complete tracking capabilities through a Training Administration site allow employers to manage the training.
- Training certificates are emailed to the Training Administrator instantly upon completion of the course - no waiting.
- Dynamic video, illustrations, photos, audio and text help to meet the needs of different types of learners.
I have dial-up internet. Can I still take the course?
Yes. The course is available for dial-up users. Please be aware, however, that it may take more time to download. If you'd like to see a demo to test the speed, please click here to view a demo of this course. to view a demo of this course.
What are the technical requirements for taking this online course?
A computer with an internet Connection.
A High-speed internet connection is recommended.
A Web browser that supports the Flash Web Player. (Such as Internet Explorer, Firefox, Google Chrome or Safari).
You should be using the latest version of your chosen web browser.
Adobe Flash Player.
Please download the latest Flash Player version here.
How do I Purchase a course?
Purchases can be done online, by phone at 1-866-688-2845 or by fax.
You may pre-purchase courses to be used at a later date. There are no expiry dates for pre-purchased courses.
What other courses does YOW Canada offer?
Please visit our product menu for all of our course offerings.
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What does the "YOW" in YOW Canada stand for?
YOW Canada's offices are located in Ottawa, Ontario and Y-O-W are the international call letters for the Ottawa Airport. Plus, we think it's a catchy name that's easy to remember.
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Provincial Regulation Contacts
- Fall Protection Introduction & Regulations:
- The Fall Protection Basic Concepts
- Training Requirements
- Hazard Elimination & Fall Prevention:
- Hazard Elimination
- Travel Restraint Systems
- Control Zones
- Protective Covers
- Ladder Safety
- Fall Prevention on a Sloped Roof
- Fall Arrest:
- Safety Nets
- Fall Restricting
- Fall Arrest Systems:
- Harnesses & Harness Inspection
- Emergency Rescue & Fall Protection Overview
- Interactive exercises, tests & certificate