HRS Group Inc., as of April 13th, 2017, is an Approved Provider for the Ministry of Labour (MOL), for the new required training course, ‘Working at Heights’.
The Occupational Health and Safety Act came into force in 1979 with the intent to establish rights for workers and employer/supervisor responsibilities to ensure safety of their workers. That said, all parties do have a role to play to ensure that health and safety requirements are met in the workplace. The Ministry of Labour enforces the OHSA through inspectors who ensure the laws are being followed by the possible issuance of orders, completing inspections, the laying of possible charges and through the investigation of accident/incidents. Investigations, depending on possible non-compliance results, can lead to hefty fines and/or jail time.
Recently, the MOL has ordered that ‘Working at Heights’ must be a government-regulated training course due to the increase of the number of injuries and deaths related to falls in the ‘Construction’ sector. ‘Fall Protection’ is now known as ‘Working at Heights’ in construction and HRS Group Inc. offers an 8-hour course designed to teach theory on Fall Protection Law and includes a government-approved practical application. Training in ‘Working at Heights’ MUST be delivered by an approved provider. (See the MOL website for full provider listings) Approved providers have been through a rigorous assessment process to meet the requirements set out by the MOL.
Who needs Working at Heights?
All workers, in the construction industry only, (at present) who:
Use fall protection equipment such as travel restraint systems, fall restricting systems, fall arrest systems, safety nets when:
- Working at a height of 3 meters (10 feet) or more;
- Falling more than 1.2 metres, if the work area is used as a path for a wheelbarrow or similar equipment;
- Falling into operating machinery;
- Falling into water or another liquid;
- Falling into or onto a hazardous substance or object; and
- Falling through an opening on a work surface;
When do you need it by?
The MOL has set the date of October 1st 2017 as the deadline for construction workers to have completed training to be certified in ‘Working at Heights’.