The Chamber has been advised by the Ontario Ministry of Labour that a summer workplace inspection blitz will continue to August 30. The MOL’s summer focus deals with young workers (under age 25) and the fact that these workers can be high-risk.
A similar inspection blitz last summer resulted in 2,321 visits to 1,901 workplaces and inspectors issuing 7,675 compliance orders including 116 stop work orders!
Thanks to communication with Ontario Minister of Labour Monte McNaughton (also MPP for Lambton-Kent-Middlesex) we have learned the schedule of other planned MOL inspection blitzes for the balance of this year and into the first quarter of 2020.
Construction, Health Care, Industrial – focused inspections of musculoskeletal and respiratory issues October 1 to December 27, 2019. Personal protective equipment (PPE) compliance assistance January 6 to March 13, 2020 and focused inspections February 3 to March 13, 2020.
Group Homes – Compliance assistance January 20 to March 13, 2020 and focused inspections February 3 to March 13, 2020.
Health Care – Workplace Violence Prevention – focused inspections August 19 to September 27, 2019.
Industrial – Machine Guarding – focused inspections February 17 to March 31, 2020
Municipalities – Ergonomics – focused inspections now to March 31, 2020
The Chamber appreciates the support of the MOL in sharing their plans and encourages occupational health & safety personnel in every business to regularly review compliance obligations and performance, with special emphasis or priority to known plans by MOL inspectors.