The Ontario Ministry of Labour, Training and Skills Development (the “MOL”) has announced that workers in the construction sector whose working at heights training was set to expire between February 28 and August 31, 2020 have an additional year to renew their working at heights training. This extension is in response to the COVID-19 crisis.
Working at heights training is mandatory for all workers on construction projects who are required, under the Construction Projects regulation, to use certain methods of fall protection. However, the MOL notes in its press release that the training for more than 120,000 workers was set to expire over the next 6 months, and those workers would not be able to renew their training because many training providers have either cancelled classes or shut down due to the COVID-19 outbreak.
The training is normally valid for three years from the date of successful completion of the training program. The extra year to renew the training will apply to workers who successfully completed their working at heights training between February 28 and August 31, 2017. The validity period for those workers, which would have otherwise ended this year, will now end in 2021.
The Ministry of Labour states that the extension of the training renewal requirement will ensure affected workers can continue to work where possible.
For more information, see: https://www.ontario.ca/page/training-working-heights.