TORONTO — The Ministry of Labour, Training and Skills Development has announced an extension of Working at Heights training certificates for construction workers.
Workers whose training certificates expire during the period Feb. 28, 2020 to Aug. 31, 2020, will have their certificate’s validity extended for one year.
The mandatory training of more than 120,000 workers was due to expire over the next six months, explains a ministry website. However, many training providers have either cancelled classes or shut down due to the COVID-19 outbreak.
The extension will apply to workers who successfully completed their working-at-heights training between Feb.28 and Aug. 31, 2017. The validity period, normally three years, would have ended this year. It will now end in 2021.
The extension will ensure affected workers can continue to work when possible.
Working at heights training requirements are regulated under O. Reg. 213/91: Construction Projects. Workers are required to take the training if they are employed on a construction project and are required to use any of the following methods of fall protection: travel restraint system; fall restricting system; fall arrest system; safety net; work belt; or safety belt.
The training requirement is in addition to the equipment-specific training required by section 26.2 of O. Reg. 213/91.