As part of its continued commitment to preventing workplace injuries and illness through the Safe At Work Ontario initiative, The Ministry of Labour is running several blitzes that we thought should be on your radar. Please visit labour.gov for a full schedule and details.
Machine Guarding Blitz – From November 3 through December 14, Ministry of Labour inspectors will visit wood and metal fabrication, manufacturing, chemical and plastics and automotive plants and other industrial sector workplaces. The blitz will focus on hazards that could lead to crushing and other injuries as well as occupational disease. The ministry will check for hazards involving guards or other devices, and improper lockout of machines and equipment. Inspectors will look to see that employers are taking appropriate action to assess and address these hazards, as required by the Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA) and the Regulations for Industrial Establishments.
Ground Control Blitz – The ministry will continue the October/November blitz focusing on ground control in Ontario’s mining sector. The blitz will address hazards affecting the stability of excavations in underground and surface mines. Mining inspectors and engineers will focus specifically on the stability of the ‘face’ and ‘slope’ of mining sites. To prepare, please take a look at the Fact Sheet.
The ministry aims to protect workers’ rights under both the OHSA and the ESA (Employment Standards Act), and enhance employers’ awareness of their responsibilities. The blitzes and initiative were designed to generate long-lasting improvements in compliance, fewer injuries, and fewer breaches of employment standards. Findings are generally reported soon after completion.