What to Expect During an Employment Standards Inspection

Employment Standards Officers at the Ministry of Labour may inspect workplaces to ensure employers comply with 11 core standards of the Employment Standards Act. Learn what our officers look for during these inspections in a new video.

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Updated Guide to OHSA

The Ministry of Labour has updated its Guide to the Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA), Ontario’s workplace health and safety legislation. This new edition includes changes to reflect workplace violence and harassment provisions, consolidation of the Designated Substance Regulations and the application of the OHSA to farming operations with paid workers.

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Updated Guide for JHSCs and Representatives

Many workplaces in Ontario require Joint Health and Safety Committees (JHSC) and Representatives, which help protect against workplace injury and illness. Read the ministry’s updated Guide for Joint Health and Safety Committees and Representatives in the Workplace. We’d love to get your feedback on the guide, which will inform our spring 2012 print edition.

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Sector Plans

As part of its Safe At Work Ontario strategy, the ministry develops annual enforcement plans that focus on hazards specific to workplaces in different sectors. They also outline what inspectors will be looking for in each sector.

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Access Equipment Blitz

In August, the ministry will focus on hazards involving equipment – ladders, suspended stages and elevated work platforms – used to allow workers access to various locations at construction projects.

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Confined Spaces Regulation

On July 1, 2011, all regulatory requirements for confined spaces were consolidated into one regulation. Read our updated Confined Spaces Guideline to learn about the regulation’s requirements.

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