MARKHAM, ONT. — The wait is over for access to essential and mandatory Working at Heights (WAH) training delayed by the COVID-19 crisis, says the Workers Health and Safety Centre (WHSC).
The WHSC, in Markham, Ont., has begun scheduling in-person WAH and WAH Refresher training in a few Ontario communities, while adhering to COVID-19 precautions recommended by public health authorities, including reduced classroom participants to ensure adequate physical distancing and mandatory mask use while in class.
Approved WAH training is valid for three years from the date of successful completion and for continued compliance, employers must ensure workers complete an approved WAH refresher training every three years thereafter.
In response to the COVID pandemic, the Ontario government announced a one year extension to comply with WAH Refresher training for those who completed initial WAH training between Feb. 28, 2017 and Aug. 31, 2017, states a release issued by the WHSC.
According to the Ministry of Labour, mandatory renewal training for more than 120,000 workers was due to expire during this time period.
While these workers will soon need access to WAH Refresher training to ensure continued compliance, so will the many workers trained after Sept. 1, 2017 required to adhere to the three year renewal requirement.
Recognizing this double cohort will test the capacity of the training delivery system, the WHSC states it will help ensure access to training for new hires and those with new assignments who must complete the initial WAH training before working at heights.
Those interested are encouraged to register to ensure access.
For more information visit https://www.whsc.on.ca