Shortly, the Ontario Ministry of Labour (MOL) will announce the arrival of their NEW “Working at Heights” Module 1 and Module 2 courses. Now, these prescribed courses, if run back to back, should run a minimum 6-1/2 hours and they are far more extensive than previous modules — especially in the area of rescue, where “calling 911” is now not considered a rescue plan.
There is a window of opportunity right now.
Anyone who has not currently completed the existing Working at Heights courses, or has a completion card but it is over 12 months old, is highly recommended to immediately take the course or re-take the existing course. if you do this now, it will be able to be done in half the time (and at about half the cost) of the new MOL modules mentioned above.
When the MOL announce the new courses, they will grandfather in existing course-completion cards, assuming those cards were issued recently. If you carry one that is over two years old, it will likely be considered outdated.
Everyone on jobsites needs to take the new MOL Module 1. This includes people like flooring and kitchen installers, as this module covers the Occupational Health & Safety Act, your responsibilities and rights.
Module 2 is more about ladders, scaffolding and platforms, where you are exposed to dangers of a fall from heights. It is a more a practical in-class course, demonstrating personal fall equipment and more.
This week a member of a crew of four carpenters called us at CARAHS. They told us they were asked byto leave their job site immediately when their supervisor found they did not carry Fall or WHMIS cards. CARAHS quickly put them through their existing Fall course, which has recently been modified to reflect these new anticipated changes coming into effect.
The Ontario MOL is dead serious about this huge change. Starting last year, it has mandated that every job site carry in full view of all workers their required safety poster. And this is the case, regardless of whether your site is industrial, commercial, residential new homes or home renovation.
CARAHS (Canadian Association of Renovators and Home Services) was founded as a non-profit association to advocate for and mentor self-employed home renovators and home services.
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