New Chief Prevention Officer To Oversee Workplace Safety

Ontario is taking action to address the recommendations from an expert panel report that will help improve workplace health and safety. A new Chief Prevention Officer will ensure effective health and safety services and enforcement at workplaces throughout Ontario. The position is one of several recommendations included in the final report from the expert panel.

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New Employment Standards Claims Process

On January 19, 2011, a new process for filing Employment Standards claims will be in place.

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Safety Blitz Focuses on Conveyor Dangers

Ministry of Labour inspectors are conducting a blitz on lockout and guarding hazards involving conveyor systems in November and December 2010. The ministry is inspecting sectors in which conveyors are used, focusing on guarding, locking and blocking, and musculoskeletal disorders.

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Blitz Results

This summer, ministry inspectors conducted workplace health and safety blitzes. We have posted two new blitz results. In June, inspectors checked for hazards involving mobile equipment at mines. That same month and into July, inspectors looked for hazards relating to equipment and material handling at construction sites.

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Fire Service Requirements Updated

Ontario is promoting worker protection with improvements to fire service health and safety requirements in two provincial regulations. The changes take effect January 1, 2011.

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Court Bulletins

Did you know that workplaces and workplace parties that violate Ontario’s employment and workplace health and safety laws could face convictions, fines or even jail time? We produce court bulletins on some of these convictions. Fines of more than $100,000 are given a higher profile on our website.

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