Working at Heights


Working at Heights Training Itinerary

The deadline of October 1, 2017 has been passed for workers to be trained under the Ontario Ministry of Labour's new mandated Working at Heights training standard for all workers who are at use fall protection equipment and work under the Construction Regulation 213/91. Construction is defined within the Occupational Health and Safety Act as the following : “construction” includes 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 but does not include any work or undertaking underground in a mine; (“construction”). If a worker is engaged in any of these types of work activities and is required to use fall protection equipment they must be trained to this standard. The mandate has been brought into effect so as to ensure a consistently high quality of training for all workers.

Workers who have been trained according to the new training standards since April 2015 have a certification lasting three years and will need to be recertified before the three year period ends.

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.

The program is a mandatory one day course that is classroom based with a theory portion and practical hands-on demonstration of understanding of basic techniques in using some common equipment.

This Infrastructure Health and Safety Association based program is approved by the Ontario Ministry of Labour and is named "Working at Heights - The Fundamentals of Fall Prevention", with training valid for three years.


Course Content

Ontario Safety Training and Consulting functions as an approved training provider for 'Working at Heights - Fundamentals of Fall Prevention' under Infrastructure Health and Safety Association (IHSA). The Working at Heights course is taught with a maximum of 12 participants per class and is a minimum 6.5 hours in duration.

The 2 Portions Include:

A Theory Portion:

  • Covering the Laws, the Occupational Health and Safety Act and Regulations, Including duties of both employers and workers, workers rights and responsibilities, and 'What is a competent worker'?
  • Fall hazard recognition
  • Fall prevention
  • Personal fall protection systems
  • Access structures (an overview of ladder use, and work platforms)

A Practical Portion:

  • Correct selection of body harness and equipment for tasks
  • Correct use of fall prevention, fall protection equipment and bumplines.
  • Inspection of equipment for damage, wear, prior deployment and age
  • Identifying approved equipment

After taking the course, a worker should be able to:

  • Recognize fall hazards
  • Apply the right controls to mitigate risks, including fall prevention and fall protection (Employers must also provide hands-on training that is equipment- and application-specific.)
  • Understand how to correctly use equipment and work at heights safely in compliance with Ontario regulatory requirements
  • Know their rights and responsibilities under the Occupational Health and Safety Act.

Participants write a test with a passing mark of 75%, and are assessed by the instructor during the hands-on parts of the course requiring a 100% pass mark. IHSA issues a record of training to all those who complete the course and pass the evaluation. They also receive a text book as resource manual to use as a handy reference before working at heights.

Participants will need to bring their work boots, hardhats and safety glasses along with photo I.D. to the training.

To view our course information sheet please click the link below!

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  • " Learned so much useful info & will feel much more secure working at heights. Thank you.... "

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    C. C.

  • " Instructor was very clearly spoken and got many points across to me.... "

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    T. G.

  • " Very exciting practical text with harnesses and ropes... "

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    Z.C.

  • " Les was the key to absorbing more information in the time that I spent in the class, superior communication skills! Thank you!... "

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    A. Mc.