Andrew Pariser / RESCON
Happy St. Patrick’s Day! Welcome to my debut column on our blog.
In this space, I will write about health and safety issues that come up with the more than 100 builders that we represent from around the GTA.
Today’s issue is of vital importance to all of our members: the province’s new Working at Heights standard.
Any workers on construction sites must complete a Working at Heights training program approved by Ontario’s chief prevention officer (CPO).
Here’s an overview of the current requirements of employees working at heights:
- Any current employee working at heights (WAH) with training that meets the requirements under 26.2 of the Construction Projects Regulation (213/91) will have two years (until April 1, 2017) to complete the new WAH training program.
- As for new hires, April 1 is a crucial date: those that are hired before this date can either complete the new WAH training program or complete an existing program under 26.2 of the Construction Projects Regulation (213/91).
- Anyone hired after April 1 must complete an approved WAH training program with one of the training providers. They will have to get additional training within three years.
As of today, the Infrastructure Health and Safety Association (better known as IHSA to most builders) has been approved by the CPO in addition to three other organizations throughout the province. As April 1approaches, more organizations will be approved.
For more information on WAH or any other health and safety issues, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Andrew Pariser is the vice-president of RESCON and chairs RESCON’s health and safety committee. Tweet him @RESCON_VP or email him at email@example.com.