The Ontario Ministry of Labour is consulting on the implementation of the Working at Heights Training Standards, released on Dec. 19, 2013. The goal is high quality and consistent working at heights training.
Implementation of the Working at Heights Training Standards will promote high quality and consistent delivery of working at heights training and contribute to the safety of workers who work at heights, said the MOL.
The Ministry of Labour is consulting on two aspects of implementation:
Draft training provider standard: A new draft Working at Heights Training Provider Standard that would set out requirements for training providers who will seek to be approved by the chief prevention officer (CPO) to deliver approved working at heights training.
Regulation proposal: A regulatory proposal to require certain workers to complete an approved working at heights training program, delivered by an approved training provider. The Ministry of Labour is proposing to introduce requirements under the Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA) to require certain workers to successfully complete an approved working at heights training program delivered by an approved training provider. These proposed regulatory requirements, if approved, would apply to workplaces covered by O. Reg. 213/91 (Construction Projects) under the OHSA. There is also an opportunity to provide feedback on possible future requirements in other workplaces.
Individuals can respond to one or both of the consultations at any time during the consultation period, which started March 10, 2014, and ends April 24, 2014.
Comments can be submitted through mail, email, fax or attend a face-to-face regional consultation.
Visit http://www.labour.gov.on.ca/english/hs/wah_consultation.php for more information.
Author; Canadian Occupational Safety Staff