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Exposure to fall hazards in construction is a daily occurrence, but it doesn’t have to be! Unfortunately falls happen too often, and are the leading cause of fatalities in the construction industry.
OSG’s Chief Prevention Officer-approved course, Working at Heights: Principles of Fall Protection, has been designed to provide learners with the knowledge required to safely work at heights.
Our program is broken down into two main modules: basic theory and practical equipment. The basic theory module discusses working at heights hazards, controls, introduces the learner to the basics of fall protection, and ladder safety.
The practical equipment module focuses on the application and use of the different fall protection systems, their components, and their limitations. Learners must demonstrate how to inspect the equipment, don and doff the harness, and maintain 100% tie-off. These are performance outcomes and must be achieved successfully.
Five things you need to know about the New Working at Heights Training Standard
- Training must be conducted when workers are exposed to a fall hazard as defined by the Occupational Health and Safety Act – Ontario Regulation 213/91. This includes any contruction-related work that would fall under the Construction Regulation regardless of industry.
- As of April 1, 2015, workers who require training in working at heights will need to complete a working at heights training program that has been approved by the Chief Prevention Officer.
- The training program must meet the Working at Heights Training Program Standard and the training provider must meet the Training Provider Standard.
- The training will be valid for three years from the date of completion.
- Workers who have already received training that meets Section 26.2 of the Construction Regulation (213/91) will have two years (until April 1, 2017) to complete an approved working at heights training program.
OSG Inc. is an Ontario Chief Prevention Officer Approved Training Provider for the Working at Heights: Construction Program.
By the end of this course, participants will be able to:
- Recognize working at heights hazards
- Explain the hierarchy of controls
- Discuss safe work plans
- Identify and assess when ladders are appropriate
- Explain proper inspection, care, and use of ladders
- Describe types of warning methods and physical barriers
- Identify when warning methods and physical barriers are required
- Discuss limitations, application, and storage of different fall protection systems
- Calculate fall distances
- Demonstrate how to inspect equipment, don and doff a harness, and maintain 100% tie-off
- Discuss the differences between permanent, temporary, and structural anchors
- Select the appropriate fall protection equipment when working on a platform
- Explain the purpose, roles, and responsibilities of workplace parties with respect to a rescue plan
Users of fall protection in the construction industry, supervisors, JHSC members, health and safety representatives.
Ont. Reg. 213/91 Construction Projects s. 26.2 (1)