Toronto – Ontario will conduct three heightened enforcement blitzes at workplaces across the province this winter. Inspectors from the Ministry of Labour will visit:
• Underground mines to check on diesel emissions and other hazards that could affect air quality in January and February
• Industrial and construction workplaces to check for slips, trips and falls hazards in February and March
• Health care workplaces to check on workplace violence and harassment in February and March.
The blitzes are intended to raise awareness of health and safety in the workplace, prevent injuries and illnesses that could arise from unsafe work practices, and check that workplaces are complying with the law.
During the blitzes, inspectors will check on condition and maintenance of safety equipment, worker training, the use of safety equipment and other potential health and safety hazards to help prevent workplace injuries.
This past fall blitzes also targeted supervision at construction sites, machine guarding hazards at industrial workplaces, infection prevention and control at health care workplaces and ore transfer in underground mines.
Since 2008, ministry inspectors have conducted more than 345,000 field visits, 47 inspection blitzes and issued more than 560,000 compliance orders in Ontario workplaces.