An email was released to approved working at heights training providers by the Ontario Ministry of Labour on March 29, 2017 by the Chief Prevention Officer regarding a training deadline extension for Working at Heights Training for some people working under the Construction Regulations 213/91.

Construction is defined as “erection, alteration, repair, dismantling, demolition, structural maintenance, painting, land clearing, earth moving, grading, excavating, trenching, digging, boring, drilling, blasting, or concreting, the installation of any machinery or plant, and any work or undertaking in connection with a project.”A direct quotation of part of the email is as follows:

“As you know, the working at heights (WAH) training requirements set out in O. Reg. 297/13 came into force on April 1, 2015, requiring that employers must ensure that workers on construction projects successfully complete a working at heights training program approved by the Chief Prevention Officer (CPO) and delivered by a CPO-approved training provider before they can work at heights. There was a two-year transition period for workers who, prior to April 1, 2015, met the fall protection training requirements set out in subsection 26.2(1) of O. Reg. 213/91. These workers had until April 1, 2017 to complete an approved working at heights training program.

After receiving requests from worker representatives in the construction sector, and in dialogue with employers and health and safety organizations, O,Reg. 297/13 has been amended to extend the time for workers to receive the training. The deadline is being extended to October 1, 2017, lengthening the transition period by six months in specific circumstances.

The worker(s) in question must have completed fall protection training that met the requirements of section 26.2(1) of O. Reg. 213/91 (Construction Projects) before April 1, 2015, and the worker must be enrolled in a WAH training program that will be completed before October 1, 2017. The employer must have written proof of enrollment, which must be made available to an inspector upon request. The proof of enrollment must include the name of the worker, the name of the approved training provider, the date on which the approved training is scheduled to be complete, and the name of the approved training program. Your clients may request you provide them with this proof of enrollment with these four required items.”

Ontario-Safety.ca has availability to offer training for workers either with a workplace setting or within one of our public courses for smaller groups or individuals. We look forward to offering training to your workers and appreciate being your Training Provider of Choice. A registration letter will be generated for you showing scheduled training for specific workers so as to satisfy the Ontario Ministry of Labour should they request it.

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