What is the Working at Heights Training program?


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The Working at Heights Training program is an employee education program mandated by the Ontario, Canada, Ministry of Labor, according to the ministry's website. Effective April 1, 2015, employers must ensure that all construction workers who must use fall protection devices in the course of their jobs have completed an approved Working at Heights course.

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Falls have been the most frequent cause of serious injuries and fatalities on construction projects in the province of Ontario, according to an article at OHSCanada.com. The new training program is intended to ensure that employees are skilled in identifying hazards, using ladders safely and using personal protective equipment effectively, as well as understand their rights and responsibilities when working at heights. The training includes demonstrations of proper procedures and use of gear.

Completion of the program is required for all workers who use travel restraint systems, fall restricting systems, fall arrest systems, safety nets, and work or safety belts on the job. Employees who previously received fall protection safety training have until April 1, 2017 to complete the new program, according to the Ministry of Labor. The Chief Prevention Officer at the Ministry of Labor approves training providers that wish to offer Working at Heights courses and provides a list of approved organizations.

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