This year, the ministry is coordinating the proactive enforcement blitz and initiative schedules for the Occupational Health and Safety Program and the Employment Standards Program. Coordinating the schedules highlights the importance the ministry places on protecting workers’ rights under both the Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA) and the Employment Standards Act (ESA), and enhancing employers’ awareness of their responsibilities.
Findings are generally reported soon after completion. The ministry tracks each sector to determine if there are long-lasting improvements in compliance and fewer injuries and fewer contraventions of employment standards.
Workplace injuries and fatalities can usually be traced to a few root causes that may vary by sector. Occupational health and safety inspectors conduct proactive blitzes and initiatives on sector-specific hazards; these are also designed to raise awareness and increase compliance with the OHSA.
Similarly, employment standards officers visit employers to verify compliance with core ESA standards, such as the Employment Standards Poster requirements, wage statements, unauthorized deductions, record keeping, hours of work, eating periods, overtime pay, minimum wage, public holidays and vacation with pay. They focus particularly on sectors where there is a history of employment standards violations, where vulnerable workers are employed and where an increasing number of Ontarians are working.
|Province-wide workplace inspection blitzes: 2016-2017|
|Temporary Foreign Workers||Employment Standards||Food Services, Retail Trade, Construction and other sectors known to employ temporary foreign workers||May 2, 2016 – June 30, 2016|
|Young Workers||Employment Standards||Food Services, Retail Trade, Construction and other sectors known to employ young workers||May 2, 2016 – June 30, 2016|
|Falls||Health and Safety||Construction||May 16, 2016 – July 15, 2016|
|Falls||Health and Safety||Industrial||May 16, 2016 – July 15, 2016|
|Falls||Health and Safety||Mining||May 16, 2016 – July 15, 2016|
|New and Young Workers||Health and Safety||Industrial||July 18, 2016 – September 2, 2016|
|Mobile Cranes and Material Hoisting||Health and Safety||Construction||August 1, 2016 – September 30, 2016|
|Repeat Violators / Zero Tolerance||Employment Standards||Professional Services, Services to Buildings and Dwellings, Other Amusement and Recreation Industries, Personal Care Services and other sectors with repeat violators||September 1, 2016 – October 31, 2016|
|Safe Material Tramming Underground and Surface||Health and Safety||Mining||September 1, 2016 – October 31, 2016|
|Chemical Handling||Health and Safety||Industrial||September 19, 2016 – October 31, 2016|
|Electrical Hazards||Health and Safety||Construction||November 1, 2016 – December 31, 2016|
|Processing – Safe Work Practices – Mine Plants||Health and Safety||Mining||February 1, 2017 – March 31, 2017|
Slips, trips and falls
Slip, trips and falls accounted for 16% of all lost time injuries (LTIs) in the health care sector in 2012 (1,155 LTI claims). Under the Occupational Health and Safety Act, all employers must take every reasonable precaution in the circumstances to protect workers, provide information and instruction, and to ensure that workers use or wear properly the required equipment.
To decrease potential for slip, trip and fall injuries, inspectors will focus on maintenance of work surfaces, general housekeeping, safe ladder use, etc., in accordance with sections 33 through 41 of the Regulations for Health Care and Residential Facilities (O. Reg. 67/93).
To read more visit http://www.labour.gov.on.ca/english/resources/blitzschedule.php