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Working At Heights in Ontario

March 31, 2017

Training Requirements on Construction Projects

What are the Ministry of Labour’s requirements for Working at Heights Training?

Ontario Regulation 297/13 requires employers to ensure that workers on construction projects successfully complete a working at heights training program if they may use specified methods of fall protection.

The working at heights training requirements apply to the employers of workers on construction projects who are required by the Construction Projects Regulation to use any of the following methods of fall protection:

  • travel restraint system 
  • fall restricting system 
  • fall arrest system
  • safety net
  • work belt
  • OR
  • a safety belt

Transition Provisions

The working at heights training requirements set out in Regulation 297/13 came into force on April 1, 2015. In specific circumstances, some employers will have until October 1, 2017 to ensure their workers have complete approved working at heights training.

In order to receive the extension, the worker(s) in question must have completed fall protection training that met the requirements of subsection 26.2(1) The Construction Projects Regulation before April 1, 2015, and the worker must be enrolled in a working at heights training program that is scheduled to be completed before October 1, 2017.

The employer must have written proof of enrollment, which must be made available to an inspector upon request.

What is written proof of enrollment?

The written proof of enrollment must include:

  • Name of the worker
  • Name of the approved training provider
  • Date on which the approved training is scheduled to be completed
  • Name of the approved training program

There is no set format for the written proof of enrollment. For example, it could be a copy of an emailed enrollment confirmation from a training provider, or it could be a list of attendees for a dedicated workplace training session that has been scheduled.

Call CCL at 519-635-0574 for more information or for training information.

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