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Working at Heights / Fall Protection Training Program

Public Training Programs

All of our Training programs are offered at your workplace. For individuals or small groups wanting to take advantage of our regularly scheduled PUBLIC programs call to register for any of the following upcoming dates:

Working at Heights (MOL approved program)

For those requiring the full day(7.5 hour) program - Scarborough Location - 8am start.
  • Saturday April 21
  • Wednesday April 25
  • Saturday April 28
  • Wednesday May 2
  • Saturday May 5
For those requiring the 1/2 day WaH refresher / re-certification program - Scarborough Location - 8am start.
  • Thursday April 26 (west end location)

Register Now! Call 416-283-7233 for details

Fall Protection Gear Catalogue

Fall Protection Catalogue

We offer a comprehensive list of products. View our Online Catalogue product categories. Click here.

Act First Safety is an approved ‘Ministry of Labour’ training provider for the ‘Working at Heights’ training program in Ontario.

Deadline for the initial Working-at-Heights(full day) Training was this past Oct. 1, 2017.
Workers must have been enrolled in a Ministry of Labour-approved working at heights training program scheduled to be completed before October 1, 2017.  Along with continuing to run the ‘full day’ training sessions, Act First Safety has also been approved by the MOL to start running the Working at Heights ‘re-certification/refresher’ half day training, starting this coming April 1st.   The half day ‘re-certification/refresher’ training is required every 3 years, once the initial full day course has been completed.

Act First Safety Delivers High Quality Affordable Training

Our Working at Heights training program is designed to meet your needs quickly and at competitive rates.  It is a full-day, on-site, face-to-face program based on adult learning principles.  We use a variety of teaching methods to appeal to all learning styles and literacy levels.

Training Also Available in Mandarin (Act First Safety now delivers instructor-led working at heights training in Mandarin.)

Qualified and Knowledgeable Instructors

Our experienced instructors use realistic, interactive activities (including hands-on tasks) and teaching tools that help participants achieve the learning objectives and demonstrate proficiency in safety procedures.  Participants are encouraged to relate their training to their own workplace experiences.

What You Will Learn

·        Rights, roles and responsibilities
·        OHSA and the Ministry of Labour
·        Hazard recognition
·        Accidents and consequences
·        Safe work planning
·        Hierarchy of controls
·        Hazard warnings and barriers
·        Work access systems



Working at Heights / Fall Protection Training Highlights

The purpose of this course is to provide knowledge on the effective selection, use and care of fall protection equipment and understand when and how it is required, at a minimum.  The following topics are covered:

  • Fall Protection, Fall Arrest and Fall Restraint differentiations
  • Regulations and Legislation
  • Hazards and Controls
  • Fall Prevention
  • Fall Protection Principles, Systems and Components
  • Proper donning and fitting of the harness
  • Equipment Inspection, Care and Maintenance
  • Travel Restraint systems
  • Fall Restricting systems
  • Fall Arrest systems
  • Safety nets
  • Work belts or safety belts


Approximately 7.5 hours at your location.

Course Completion and Review

A detailed record of training, test results, practical evaluations and wallet certificates provided.  A formal annual review of Fall Prevention training is recommended and ongoing site-specific training is required.

* NOTE: 75% of work-related falls occur between 6 ft -10 ft. OSHA regulated sites are more stringent and adhere to a 6 ft threshold for fall protection as do some corporate health and safety policies. The Canada Labour Code requires fall protection at 8 ft.

Please contact our office for further details on Working at Heights / Fall Protection / Fall Arrest training.

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Provincial Fall Protection Regulations


The following is © Queen’s Printer for Ontario, 2009 – 2009

Occupational Health and Safety Act – R.R.O. 1990, Reg. 851

52. A crane, lift truck or similar equipment shall be used to support, raise or lower a worker only when,
(a) the worker is on a platform,
(i) equipped with adequate safety devices that will automatically prevent the platform and load from falling if the platform’s normal support fails,
(ii) suspended from a boom that does not move, and the person is attached to a separate lifeline suspended from the boom or a fixed support capable of supporting at least four times the weight of the worker, or
(iii) attached to a mast, or boom which,
(A) is hydraulically or pneumatically operated, and
(B) is equipped with a safety device that will prevent free fall of the platform in the event of a pressure line failure;

85. Where a worker is exposed to the hazard of falling and the surface to which he or she might fall is more than three metres below the position where he or she is situated,
(a) the worker shall wear a serviceable safety belt or harness and lifeline adequately secured to a fixed support and so arranged that the worker cannot fall freely for a vertical distance of more than 1.5 metres; and
(b) the fall arresting system described in clause (a) shall,
(i) have sufficient capacity to absorb twice the energy and twice the load that under the circumstances of its use may be transmitted to it, and
(ii) be equipped with a shock absorber or other devices to limit the maximum arresting force to 8.0 kilonewtons to the wearer. R.R.O. 1990, Reg. 851, s. 85.

86. Where a worker is exposed to the hazard of falling into liquid that is of sufficient depth for a life jacket to be effective as protection from the risk of drowning, there shall be an alarm system and rescue equipment, appropriate in the circumstances, to ensure the worker’s rescue from the liquid and,
(a) the worker shall wear a life jacket; or
(b) the employer shall develop written measures and procedures to prevent the worker from drowning and shall implement them. O. Reg. 284/99, s. 1.

Ontario Ministry of Labour – New working at Heights standard

Ontario is implementing a new workplace training standard to prevent falls and improve safety for workers who work at heights.

The standard will initially be voluntary and will apply to workplaces in the construction sector, as well as to construction activity in other workplaces.

Training programs designed to meet this new standard will improve knowledge about fall hazards and safety practices, including:

proper inspection of equipment for damage
procedures for setting up, relocating or removing protective equipment, such as guardrails
demonstrations and hands-on training on fall-arrest equipment and other devices to keep workers safe
information on workplace protections and worker’s rights
The new standard builds on existing protections in place for those working at heights, establishing a consistent and high quality level of training for workers across the province. It was developed with input from across various sectors that included business, organized labour, health and safety organizations, and other experts.

Preventing injuries and keeping workers’ safe is part of the government’s economic plan to invest in people, build modern infrastructure and support a dynamic and innovative business climate.



The purpose of the Working at Heights Training Program Standard is to establish a threshold of high quality and consistency for training for workers who work at heights in the Province of Ontario.

The purpose of a working at heights training program that meets the requirements in this standard is to:

Strengthen workplace safety culture by elevating the profile and importance of preventing falls from heights.
Provide workers who may be exposed to the hazard of falling with adequate knowledge about fall hazards and general safety practices to work safely at heights.
Provide workers who use personal fall protection equipment with sufficient knowledge about its purpose and use; and
Reduce the number of fall-from-heights incidents, injuries and fatalities.


The Working at Heights Basic Theory module must be successfully completed before the Working at Heights Practical Equipment module is taken.

A working at heights training program meeting the requirements of this standard may need to be supplemented by additional information, instruction and training in workplace-specific policies and procedures and workplace-specific equipment related to working at heights. In addition, employers must ensure that they meet the training requirements in the Occupational Health and Safety Act and its regulations.


Developing mandatory fall protection training for people working at heights was a priority recommendation of the Expert Advisory Panel on Occupational Health and Safety.
In 2013, the Ministry of Labour has conducted two enforcement blitzes to protect people working at heights, visiting over 4,527 work sites.
A pilot program inspecting worksites after hours and on weekends was launched fall 2013.
In October 2013, the province posted a video to raise awareness of fall hazards and highlight worker safety initiatives.
Ministry of Labour inspectors have conducted more than 345,000 field visits to workplaces since 2008.