The Ontario Ministry of Labour is planning to conduct more than two dozen workplace health and safety blitzes between April 1, 2018 and March 31, 2019. While these blitzes are intended to help employers gain awareness of contractor safety and the different methods they can employ to protect workers in the workplace, there are a few factors that may affect whether your place of business is targeted.
Those who should expect to participate in a blitz this year include:
- Sectors where young and new workers are employed.
- Those who utilize temporary workers.
- Businesses with a history of compliance issues.
What kinds of things are the workplace health and safety inspectors looking for?
- Violations involving situations such as working with mobile equipment, hazardous materials, machine guarding, working at heights, ergonomics, and other related scenarios.
- Employment standards violations specific to the construction sector, including worker entitlements and complying with employer responsibilities.
How will you know when your company might be part of a blitz?
- You can view the provincial schedule and learn more about the workplace health and safety standards that will be inspected.
- It is important to note that individual businesses will not be alerted to a blitz prior to its occurring.
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