Evaluating the implementation and effectiveness of Ontario’s working-at-heights training standards

11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Institute for Work & Health
481 University Avenue, Suite 800
Toronto, Ontario

Lynda Robson
Institute for Work & Health

Serious injuries and fatalities resulting from falls from heights are a major concern in construction work. In 2015, Ontarios Ministry of Labour implemented regulations defining working-at-heights (WAH) training program standards and establishing a program for approving training providers in the province. A team at the Institute for Work & Health conducted a study to evaluate the reach of the training initiative and examine the effectiveness of the training standard in reducing the risk of falls from heights. Data collected included surveys, administrative data and in-depth interviews with training providers, trainees, employers and labour inspectors. In this presentation, Dr. Lynda Robson shares findings from that study.

About presenter

Dr. Lynda Robson is a scientist at the Institute for Work & Health. Her research interests include using both quantitative and qualitative methods to study occupational health and safety (OHS) management, organizational change in OHS and the evaluation of prevention programs, especially OHS training programs.

About IWH Speaker Series

The IWH Speaker Series brings you the latest findings from work and health researchers from the Institute for Work & Health (IWH) and beyond. For those unable to attend, the recorded webinar of most presentations in the IWH Speaker Series are made available on its web page within a week of the event.