Ontario’s new standards for Working at Heights training. If you aren’t aware of them, you risk fines, injury or death

The Ontario Ministry of Labour’s chief prevention officer has established a new standard for working at heights training. It applies to all Ontario workers. This standard lays out what each worker needs to learn when taking mandatory working at heights training. All course have to be completed by July 1, 2014.

This means that, even if you are presently in compliance of MOL laws and currently carrying the required Fall Protection course completion card, after July 1, you could cease to be compliant if you fail to upgrade to the new, required two module system.

The new standard seems to be arriving without fanfare or advertisement to those affected: self-employed sole proprietors, partners in partnerships, officers of companies, sub trades, trades and everyone else who enters any job site in Ontario.

The new standard has two modules: Working at Heights Basic Theory and Working at Heights Practical Equipment. These modules will be valid for a period of three years from the date of successful completion.

The first module covers: Rights and responsibilities related to working at heights under the Occupational Health and Safety Act, general hazard recognition for working at heights, hierarchy of controls, safety procedures for warning methods and physical barriers, safety procedures for ladders and similar equipment; and an introduction to personal fall protection equipment.

The second modul covers: The working at heights practical equipment which includes hands-on demonstration of learning outcomes covering barriers and safety nets, personal fall protection equipment, anchor points, work positioning systems, work access and platforms; and rescue planning.

The minimum hours for training delivery of each module are 3.0 hours for the working at heights basic theory and 3.5 hours for working at heights practical equipment. This new system will disqualify those trainers who, in my opinion, in the past have gone onto job sites to complete prior courses within a single hour. I believe that is far too little time to train someone correctly on safety.

Online e-learning is an acceptable delivery method for the basic theory module, I believe, if it includes provisions for interactivity with a qualified instructor. E-Learning is not an acceptable delivery method for the working at heights practical equipment module.

Foot note to this article: Book your course NOW at CARAHS Toll free 1-866-366-2930

Our first course on Saturday 22 March is sold out. It was announced yesterday and we got swamped, as the government has regulated only 12 people for module 2. So a ask everyone where ever you are to get on to this as it may become hard to get a seat anywhere shortly.

CARAHS decided to help contractors in the Toronto GTA area and get this two course pain in their butt over in a one day event, we made it available to everyone on SATURDAY’S. Meaning no loss of work between Mondays to Fridays.

I personally expect from this day forward, the trainers who used to show up at construction work sites and complete the prior Fall Protection course in 1 to 1.1/2 hours and low ball the cost, this procedure will now become unacceptable under investigation by the Ministry of Labour. Since the Ministry has announced this huge change on January 1, 2014, its assumed this new law will go into place very shortly and well before this coming July.

Its huge changed was due to the 4 or 5 guys falling to their deaths from that swing stage accident in Toronto a few winters ago .this caused all these drastic changes today.

The MOL are serious about what they are now introducing and if you choose to ignore this, fines between range from $25,000 to $500,000 and up to 1 year in jail if you are found in violation of the Act.

CARAHS IS NOW running these NEW course Standards at their office is the Toronto GTA area. Our fist one on March 22, 2014 if sold out, as class sizes on part two of this NEW STANDARD is limited by law to 12 people only.

ONLINE E-Courses

CARAHS announces that it will shortly remove its two Fall e-courses online courses and will not accept anyone from today forward

Online courses will NOW have to include instructor interaction, which could make this course mere impossible to delivery, as all students have to be able to try on harnesses, fall arrest systems, ladder tie downs and more.

CARAHS was founded as a non profit Association to help educate, inform and mentor the Self Employed Renovators, Builders, Trades and Home Services

CARAHS has over 130 online Health & Safety e-courses at www.carahs.org Toll free 1-866-366 2930


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