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Suspended Access Equipment - MOL Proposed Amendments will Impact Construction Industry

The Ministry of Labour has introduced a proposal to change the regulations that deal with suspended access equipment.

While a number of these changes are positive, there are three areas that our Safety Task Force has rejected.  Specifically, proposals to implement:

  • Mandatory annual non-destructive testing of all welds on modular stage components;
  • Permanent unique serialization of structural components as well as an inventory tracking system; and,
  • Design and engineering requirements that are inconsistent with North American industry design and manufacturing practices. 

B&CRAO fears these policies, if implemented, will have a serious negative impact on the construction industry, while doing nothing to improve safety for our workers.

Please go to www.SwingStageSafety.com to find out more.

Working at Heights Training

Beginning April 1, 2015, employers in Ontario must ensure that workers on construction projects who may use certain methods of fall protection successfully complete 'working at heights' training that meets training program and provider standards established by the Chief Prevention Officer (CPO).

The Occupational Health and Safety Awareness and Training Regulation (Ontario Regulation 297/13) under the Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA), has been amended to include mandatory working at heights training requirements. The working at heights training is valid for three years from the date the worker completes an approved training program delivered by an approved training provider.

In addition to these new requirements, employers continue to have a duty under Section 26.2 (1) of O. Reg. 213/91 (Construction Projects) to ensure that workers who may use a fall protection system are adequately trained on the use of the system, and are given adequate oral and written instructions by a competent person.

Click here to find out more: http://www.labour.gov.on.ca/english/hs/sawo/pubs/fs_wahconstruction.php 


Prevent Falls on Construction Projects - Safety Tip Card

Visit the province’s page on preventing falls on construction projects here: http://www.labour.gov.on.ca/english/hs/sawo/pubs/tips_construction.php 


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