Working at Heights Update


Important changes have been made to the Working at Heights Fall Prevention Course

On March 16, 2015 the Infrastructure Health & Safety Association (IHSA) was approved as a Training Provider for the Working at Heights Fall Prevention Course. This course now meets the requirements of the Working at Heights Training Standard released by the Prevention Office of the Ontario Ministry of Labour. Changes were still being made to the course in early March in order to meet the training standard. For this reason, anyone who completed a Working at Heights course prior to March 16 will still have to take the final approved version before April 1, 2017.

Workers who have already received training that meets section 26.2 of the Construction Regulation (213/91) will have two years to complete an approved working at heights training program. The Fall Protection course OIFSC has been delivering is valid until April 1, 2017. New workers without Fall Protection training are required to take the Working at Heights course as of April 1, 2015.

OIFSC is an IHSA approved training provider and has 13 instructors who are approved to deliver the new Working at Heights course. As such OIFSC is required by contract to deliver IHSA’s course without any changes, and OIFSC must adhere to IHSA’s conditions for course delivery.

Please take note of these important details, these are IHSA requirements, not OIFSC policy:

  • Maximum class size is 12;
  • The course is 8 hours long in English, a participant must be present at the start of the class;
  • There is a hands on and a written evaluation;
  • A participant must score 100% on the hands on evaluation in order to take the written evaluation;
  • The written evaluation is closed book in English only, with a passing grade of 75%;
  • If a participant fails either evaluation they have to retake the entire course, they cannot be re-evaluated;
  • Once successfully completed, the training is valid for three years and then in subsequent 3 year cycles a shorter refresher course will be required;
  • OIFSC forwards the results to IHSA, and they issue the record of training.

OIFSC will be scheduling training weekdays and weekends depending on demand. For more information please see the Health & Safety section.