MARCH 29, 2017: The Ministry of Labour has extended the deadline for Working at Heights training to October 1, 2017. You must meet the following conditions in order to qualify for this extension:
This new extension may offer some relief to companies who have been unable to complete WAH training before the April 1 deadline. We know from many of our students that construction season is enjoying a boom this year and phone calls this month have certainly contained more than stress than usual. We certainly feel for you, the thought of postponing or losing contracts due to the lack of WAH compliance could be devastating to many small businesses.
This extension, though welcome by many, should still be taken very seriously and should not be viewed as a window to buy some time. After the April 1 deadline, Ministry of Labour inspectors may issue compliance orders asking workers and companies to supply Proof of Enrolment in an approved Working at Heights training program. This means that you should register as soon as possible.
We are anticipating that supplying "Proof of Enrolment" to our clients will make our job at Safety Guys slightly trickier. We have always tried to be very flexible and accommodating with our clients and have never minded the occasional substitution on a class list. Moving forward past April 1, we hope you understand that once a final invoice is issued (which must contain the names of all participants), we will not be able to make substitutions in order for that "Proof of Enrolment" to stay current and valid. We can however, reschedule your employees to a different available date that will work with their schedule.
An important piece of this extension is the ability to supply Ministry of Labout inspectors with your proof or enrolment. Take the time now to devise a system to store your documents. It may seem obvious but a crumpled piece of paper in your back pocket will just not suffice. Maintain a binder in the truck or trailer on mobile sites or store documents electronically on phones or iPads. We are available by phone as well to verify your attendance with the inspector if all else fails.
We will continue to monitor the demand for this training and add public dates when necessary in order to provide the best service to our students. You can register online for Kingston, Belleville and for members of the Quinte Home Builder's Association. Private training may also be available for groups of 8 or more. We are currently taking reservations for May as the extremely high demand for Working at Heights training is dominating the schedule.
Guest Author: Mark Pauley
Mark is one of Safety Training Scotland's directors and a highly regarded trainer in his own right. He has been delivering health & safety training for over six years and previously worked in high-level live event management.
Hands up if you miss blue skies, temperatures above zero and driving on dry roads to Timmy’s? We certainly do! Well, there’s no point yearning for summer when we’re only halfway through. All you can do is enjoy the snowy landscapes, drink your body weight in hot chocolate and rock as many wooly sweaters as you physically can!
To make sure you make it to spring, we’ve whipped up a handy Winter Survival Guide to help you get through winter in a good mood and with all your bones intact.
Dashing Through The Snow
Snowy paths, black ice and hidden drops. Don’t you just love walking around in the winter?
Yeah, us neither! The good news is that with a couple of quick changes we can have you traversing the tundra like an Arctic fox!
Driving in winter is tricky so it’s important your vehicle is up to the job. Heading out onto a snow covered rural highway in a rear wheel drive Chevy with bald tires is just asking for trouble! So, before you head out, the first thing you should do is prep your vehicle for the challenging winter environment.
Here’s the key points you need to look at.
Okay, got your car, truck or van sorted? Great! Next up is your emergency kit. This kit should contain everything you need to ride out an emergency — breakdown, crash, that sort of thing — until help can arrive.
Once you’ve packed it, stow it out of the way in the trunk of your car and try not to take anything out unless you replace it soon after.
Here is what we suggest you pack.
And that’s you ready to go! We should remind you that no amount of prep will make driving in the snow easy or risk free.
Finally, respect the weather, drive the conditions and don’t take unnecessary risks.
Winter isn’t just a danger because of slips, tips and oversteering cars. The short days and cold temperatures can sneak up on you and put you into a low energy mental slump.
Thankfully, the Danes have just the thing to snap you out of your funk: Hygge. No, we didn’t just fall asleep on the keyboard! Hygge is a very real thing. The popular Danish word hygge (pronounced hue-geh) was the word of the year in 2016 despite having no real definition. It’s a sort of weird state of mind so what’s hygge to me might not be hygge to you.
It’s appreciating the pleasurable ordinary things like a mug of cocoa or curling up in a blanket. It’s having dinner with friends or looking out the window. It’s being in the right place, at the right time and enjoying the experience of being there.
So, instead of longing for a cold beer and a barbecue, enjoy what you’ve got now. The beautiful snowscapes, an excuse to drink your bodyweight in coffee and wearing more wool than a sheep!
Amendments to the Construction Projects Regulation (O. Reg. 213/91)Amendments to the Construction Projects Regulation under the Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA) to strengthen and clarify existing requirements relating to the use of suspended access equipment have been approved. The amendments are consistent with the changes proposed by the Ministry of Labour in the Summary of Proposal document that was posted on the government’s Regulatory Registry for a 90-day public consultation from March 20 to June 22, 2015. Key amendments include: