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NOTICE: Ministry of Labour extends transition period to October 1, 2017

The Ministry of Labour has now extended the transition period by six months to October 1, 2017. Employers will have until then to ensure that workers successfully complete a CPO-approved working at heights training program.

The extension applies only to experienced workers - those who completed fall protection training prior to April 1, 2015 - who are enrolled in a CPO-approved working at heights training program scheduled to be completed before October 1, 2017.

Visit labour.gov.on.ca/english/hs/topics/heights for details.


WORKING AT HEIGHTS TRAINING BECAME MANDATORY FOR CERTAIN WORKERS ON APRIL 1, 2015 BY THE MINISTRY OF LABOUR.


New training requirements are in place for workers on construction projects who use any of the following fall protection methods:
  • Travel restraint systems
  • Fall restricting systems
  • Fall arrest systems
  • Safety nets
  • Work belts or safety belts
There is a two year transition period in place which gives workers who already meet existing fall protection requirements until April 1, 2017 to complete an approved working at heights training program.

We offer a training course that is approved by the Chief Prevention Officer, and satisfies the requirements set forth by the Ministry.

Please contact Brad Bender if you have any questions, or review our Fall Protection page for more information about our course.

Health and safety training for workers and supervisors became mandatory on July 1, 2014 by the Ministry of Labour.

This means that workers and supervisors at workplaces that fall under the Occupational Health and Safety Act need to be trained in basic health and safety awareness.

Free resources are available to help you train workers and supervisors:

  •     Worker and supervisor workbooks (English, French and seven other languages)
  •     Worker and supervisor modules online (English and French)
  •     Employer guides on the training program (English, French and seven other languages)

The resources can be accessed at Ontario.ca/learntoworksafe.

We are on target to ensure more than six million Ontarians - supervisors and workers - get fundamental training on the occupational health and safety laws in Ontario.

It's the next step in helping to ensure that all workers know their rights and responsibilities on the job.

If you are having difficulty getting all your employees trained with the resources available (as above), please contact us.

This Mandatory Training requirement will be checked at all Site orientations and anyone not able to work in compliance with the Occupational Health and Safety Act, will not be allowed on site. R.S.O. 1990, c. 0.1, s.23 (1)

Please feel free to contact Brad Bender if you have any questions.