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Working at Heights—Fundamentals of Fall Prevention is a robust program that meets the purpose of the new Ministry of Labour training standard for working at heights.
This course provides workers with the basic fall prevention information they require to work safely in areas where they may be exposed to fall hazards. Participants receive the most up-to-date information with hands-on instruction from industry experts and trained adult educators who are experienced in working at heights.
While Working at Heights is a great starting point, site-specific training is also required. After the in-class session, the employer must train workers on the specific hazards faced and types of equipment used on the job.
This course consists of a combination of classroom and hands-on learning activities. Topics include:
- Common fall hazards
- Fall protection and types of equipment
- Working with ladders, scaffolds, elevating work platforms, and suspended access equipment
- Related laws and regulations
Participants must wear appropriate clothing, as well as CSA-certified head, foot, and eye protection and a face mask. We ask that you bring your own personal protective equipment (PPE) and that it is maintained and in good working order as per the manufacturer's specifications and regulatory requirements. If you do not have the necessary PPE, you will not be able to complete the program and will be asked to reschedule when you have the proper clothing and equipment.
Participants must bring a valid piece of photo ID to the training program to confirm their registration (e.g., Driver's License, Permanent Resident Card, Passport, Student Card). Participants without valid photo identification will not be able to take the course.
In addition to successful completion of this training, employers must ensure that workers are adequately trained on the use of the specific equipment used at a specific workplace, including adequate oral and written instructions by a competent person.
To obtain a certification card for this program, participants must be present for the full program and meet both of the following requirements:
- Complete the written multiple-choice test and achieve a minimum grade of 75%
- Complete a hands-on demonstration of seven specific critical tasks and achieve a score of 100%.
Anyone who is required to work in areas where they may be exposed to fall hazards.
Jason Gordon - Director of Operations & Event Sector Lead - Cobalt Safety East
Jason completed his studies in Civil Engineering Technology at St. Lawrence College in 1998 and is a member of the Canadian Society of Safety Engineering. With over 20 years of experience in Occupational Safety Jason has developed confidence in interpreting and implementing Health and Safety Legislation and Management Systems. From 2004 to 2014, Jason worked as an inspector and Inspectorate Peer Trainer for the Ministry of Labour, where he headed the "Tower Crane Initiative", this initiative resulted in Jason being nominated for the Ministry of Labour GEM award.
In 2011, after investigating a serious incident, Jason became a leader in Occupational Safety in the Event Sector. During this time, Jason recognized that he could better serve the industry as a Consultant, and, in 2014, followed that dream.