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Working at Heights

If your workers face fall hazards, you're required to provide them with fall-protection training. Register them for IHSA's Working at Heights – Fundamentals of Fall Prevention

Taught by IHSA experts, this full-day program explains the essentials of fall protection in the construction, electrical & utilities, and transportation industries. The course involves classroom instruction and hands-on exposure to some common equipment. The course improves upon and replaces IHSA's Basics of Fall Protection half-day course and do-it-yourself kit.

Working at Heights is your best choice for training workers on the fundamentals. To take Working at Heights, IHSA members pay $100 (non-members pay $320). You won't get better value for the cost anywhere.

At the launch of the course, Peter Fonseca, Ontario's Minister of Labour, said that it “has the potential to become the 'gold standard' for basic fall-prevention training in the province.

Some classes are already sold out.

Click here for a list of upcoming sessions and to register online.

Course Content

Instructors teach participants about

  • the law and regulations
  • how to recognize, assess, and control fall hazards
  • fall prevention and fall protection
  • fall-arrest equipment and components.
  • access structures: a basic overview of ladders, scaffolds, elevating work platforms, and suspended access equipment.

After taking the course, a worker should be able to

  • recognize fall hazards
  • apply the right controls, including fall prevention and fall protection (Employers must also provide hands-on training that is equipment- and application-specific.)
  • understand how to work at heights safely and in compliance with Ontario regulatory requirements
  • know their rights and responsibilities under the Occupational Health and Safety Act.

Participants write a quiz after each of the main modules, and are assessed by the instructor during the hands-on parts of the course. IHSA issues a record of training to all those who complete the course and pass the evaluation. They also get a resource manual to use as a handy reference before working at heights.

Completion of the course, however, is not sufficient training for working at heights. Employers must also provide their employees with additional training—including hands-on training—on the specific fall-protection equipment and procedures they will use on the job.


See also our Fall Prevention & Working at Heights page.

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