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Suspended Work Platform Systems (Swing Stage) Training

On January 1, 2017 an amendment to O. Reg 213/91, establishing O. Reg 242/16, came into force in Ontario that increases the responsibilities of employers whose workers use Suspended Work Platform Systems (Swing Stages), as well as other suspended access equipment (SAE).

The most significant changes in this amended legislation include:

  • More stringent equipment testing, maintenance and safety checks;
  • Detailed plans for how swing stages are set-up on projects;
  • Better training for workers and supervisors who operate or inspect suspended access equipment;
  • Stronger emphasis on written emergency procedures and rescue plans; and
  • Precautions required to protect workers and others on the ground.

Act First Safety Delivers Updated Suspended Work Platform Systems (Swing Stage) Training

Act First Safety’s training program for suspended work platform systems is in compliance with the new training requirements specified in the amended regulation including s.138 and s.138.1 and the Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA).

Our training includes theory and practical hands-on demonstrations to ensure workers and supervisors understand and practice the procedures necessary to safely set up and operate suspended work platform equipment*.  During the training participants must demonstrate proficiency in operating suspended work platform systems (swing stages).  * AFS training does not cover use of a Boatswain’s chair.

Act First Safety provides flexible training options to accommodate your busy schedule, seven days a week, at your location or ours.  You benefit by completing the training as an entire group or in smaller groups over a staged schedule to minimize any disruptions and maintain consistent workflow.

Training Program Outline

  • Rights, roles, responsibilities, legislation
  • Fall hazards
  • PPE (Personal Protective Equipment)
  • Work planning
  • Fixed supports, roof anchor plans
  • Equipment and controls
  • Rescue planning
  • Rigging and counter weights
  • Securing methods, suspension lines
  • Load limits
  • System assembly/dis-assembly
  • Electrical systems

What You Will Learn

  • Explain employer and worker roles in regards to Occupational Health & Safety
  • Describe Suspended Work Platform Systems (SWPS) fall hazards
  • Choose, use, inspect and maintain prescribed personal protection equipment (PPE)
  • Describe the components of a site-specific work plan
  • Identify appropriate fixed supports and describe their use
  • Analyze roof and system installation drawings and instructions
  • Identify SWPS components and their functions
  • Apply mathematical formulas for calculating live load platform capacities
  • Describe responsibilities of employers and workers regarding emergency procedures
  • Describe rigging hardware
  • Identify beam labels and describe how to read them
  • Apply mathematical formulas for calculating appropriate counter weight requirements
  • Illustrate how to position beams and securing tie-back cables
  • Identify power sources and how to inspect them
  • Describe electrical safe use precautions
  • Describe power distribution methods
  • Describe platform limitations in windy conditions
  • Describe requirements for securing platform to building

Who Should Take SWPS Training

  • Workers who use, install or inspect suspended work platform systems
  • Supervisors, Managers and Employers
  • Joint Health and Safety Committee (JHSC) Members
  • Health & Safety Representatives (HSR)

Pre-requisite Training Required

Due to the nature of potential hazards when using suspended work platform systems, training participants must have completed the following pre-requisite training before registering in a SWPS training session:

  • Working-At-Heights (this training must have been completed since April, 2015)
  • Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS)
  • Worker Health and Safety Awareness

Act First Safety provides all of these pre-requisite training programs.  These training sessions are designed as building blocks to support the SWPS training, ensuring there are no gaps in learning outcomes and to further participants competency.  Participants receive the complete training they need to meet Ontario’s legislated requirements under O. Reg 242/16 and the Occupational Health and Safety Act (OSHA).

Duration of SWPS Training:   2 Days

Two flexible instructor-led training options to best serve your needs seven days a week:
1) Private courses presented in your workplace. Training can be scheduled at a convenient time.
2) Public classroom event scheduled at Act First Safety location