This is the time of year when the Ministry of Labour releases their 2018-2019 inspection blitz schedule. As you may already know Ontario is conducting more than two dozen targeted blitzes and initiatives to raise awareness and check for violations of occupational health and safety and employment standards laws at workplaces across the province in 2018-2019.
Enforcement staff will visit workplaces such as warehouses, "big box" retail, grocery stores, chemical manufacturing plants, pulp and paper mills, hotels, golf courses, health care organizations, mines and construction projects. In particular, sectors with new and young workers, temporary help, vulnerable workers and a history of low compliance will be targeted.
Occupational health and safety inspectors will look for occupational health and safety violations involving issues such as working at heights, hazardous materials, machine guarding, conveyors, mobile equipment, violence, ergonomics and falls. The goals will be to raise awareness that safety is everyone's responsibility, to enhance workplace health and safety and to prevent workplace injuries, illnesses and deaths. Enforcement action will be taken, as appropriate, if violations are found.
From May 1 to August 31, 2018, Ministry of Labour inspectors will focus on new and young worker safety during a blitz to check that employers have taken proper steps to protect these vulnerable workers.
NEW AND YOUNG WORKERS ARE VULNERABLE TO INJURY. They can be young, they can be new to a particular job or they can be seasonal workers hired during a peak period. New and young workers are three times more likely to be injured during their first month on the job than at any other time.
What Do Inspectors Look For?
- Compliance with mandatory awareness training requirements
- Joint Health & Safety Committee/Health & Safety Representative
- Proper orientation and supervision
Mandatory Training : Employers must ensure all workers complete a basic occupational health and safety awareness training program. https://www.labour.gov.on.ca/english/hs/training/workers.php
QUOTE from Kevin Flynn, Minister of Labour : "Every worker has the right to return home safe and sound at the end of each work day and to receive their employment standards entitlements. We want to raise awareness of hazards and other violations at workplaces across the province to ensure employers are complying with Ontario laws and that workers are protected."