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New Working At Heights Legislation

Effective April 1, 2015, the new Occupational Health & Safety Training Regulation (O.Reg 297/13) came into effect.  This new law requires employers on construction projects to ensure that workers successfully complete an accredited Working At Heights (Fall Protection) course.  It is important for employers to know that the Working At Heights training can only be delivered by a Ministry approved training provider.

 

It is vital, not only for your employees safety, that these courses be delivered by an approved training provider.  But, equally important for you.  By not researching and reviewing prospective training providers, you expose your company to significant liability.  As an employer, you are legally responsible to exercise "due diligence" in providing your employees with qualified instruction.  And, you must be able to prove this.

 

Knowing what questions to ask and what accreditation documents you are looking for requires a qualified Health & Safety Coordinator.  By taking the time to ensure your training meets all legal requirements prior to enrolling your employees in any training program will save you valuable time and money in the end.  This includes having a structured training program that meets all ministry requirements and industry best practices.

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