Does Fall Protection Training Expire?

27 Apr 2021 Safety Supplies, Scaffolding

Falls are the leading cause of injuries and safety incidents on job sites across North America. Even if they occur from a relatively low height, falls can cause serious injuries. That is why any individual working at heights of 10 ft or higher must complete a fall protection training course. These courses instruct individuals in the proper use of fall protection equipment, safety techniques, and applicable standards to minimize the risk of safety incidents.

As experts in safety training solutions, the team at EFAS Safety understands the importance of proper fall protection instruction. That is why their experts have provided some information on what courses should include and when fall protection training expires.

When Does Fall Protection Training Expire?

In most cases, fall protection training expires 3 years after completion of a certified course. Some operations and companies may require recertification more frequently, but this 3-year period is the standard for BC. Many fall protection training courses can be completed online, but this may not be enough for full certification in some industries.

An additional practical assessment may be required for certain applications or equipment such as boom lifts, scissor lifts, and motorized scaffolds. Employers are responsible for ensuring that personnel working at heights have completed a certified fall protection course. In most situations, employers are also responsible for tracking re-certification requirements.

What Should Fall Protection Training Include?

Most certified fall protection training programs feature similar content to satisfy the demands of CSA and OSHA standards. An effective fall protection training course should cover the following information:

  • Regulations and standards (CSA, OSHA, etc.)
  • Hazard of working at heights
  • Controlling fall hazards
  • Types of falls and fall statistics
  • Fall arrest and fall restraint systems
    • Anchor points
    • Lanyards
    • Lifelines
    • Harnesses
    • Additional connectors
  • Choosing the right fall protection equipment for the job
  • Proper descent techniques
  • Rescue and emergency procedures
  • Equipment care and routine maintenance
  • Pre-shift visual safety inspections

Completion of a certified course should provide participants with the information they need to stay safe while working at heights. Even if a course is completed, employers should still utilize their best judgement to determine whether an individual is fit to work at heights.

To learn more about fall protection training and other safety training courses, reach out to the team at EFAS Safety by phone at 1-833-294-3327. Their experts take safety seriously and will work with you to provide the equipment and knowledge you need to stay safe on the job.