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CPO of Ministry of Labour Approved Working at Heights Training

Course Info

As of April 1, 2015, employers must ensure that certain workers complete a Working at Heights training program that has been approved by the Chief Prevention Officer (CPO) and delivered by a CPO approved training provider before they can work at heights.

The training requirement is for workers on construction projects who use any of the following methods of fall protection: travel restraint systems, fall restricting systems, fall arrest systems, safety nets, work belts and/or safety belts.

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 the Construction Projects Regulation.

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.

Each participant is required to bring government issued photo ID, & CSA approved safety footwear, as well long pants must be worn. Participants who do not have the required identification, footwear and long pants will be removed from the class & reschedule.

Our trainers will travel anywhere in Ontario to train your team!


Topics Covered

  • Explain the rights and responsibilities related to working at heights under the OH&S
  • Recognize working at heights hazards and understand the hierarchy of controls that can be applied
  • Identify procedures for warning methods and physical barriers
  • Understand the selection process, inspection procedure and be familiar with safe use of access equipment
  • Know the different fall arrest systems, legislative requirements, fall arrest components and inspection process
  • Identify fall hazards of a floor opening and an open edge
  • Identify when fall protection or fall restraint equipment is required
  • Select and assemble a fall restraint system using a self-retracting lanyard
  • Explain minimum anchorage strengths for fall restraint and be able to identify acceptable anchor points
  • Clearance Calculations for working at height with a variety of gear and systems
  • Select and assemble fall arrest system appropriate to specific scenarios and understand the importance of rescue planning

Course Length

8hr (1 Day)


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