Health and Safety System Review – Ministry Update

The ministry has posted its second update on the Health and Safety System Review, which includes summaries of activities and progress concerning the “building and design” of the new Prevention System.

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Pits and Quarries Blitz

Mining inspectors will conduct a blitz of pits and quarries across Ontario in July 2011. The inspectors will focus on hazards involving rock crushing, screening and conveying processes. Their priorities will be guarding devices, written lockout procedures for equipment, dust control measures and protective hearing devices.

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Trench & Excavation Safety Video

Excavation sites can be hazardous. All workplace parties should be aware of changing conditions and ensure that proper protective measures are in place. Learn about general hazards and what inspectors look for at excavation sites in a new ministry inspection video.

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Tower Crane Safety Video

Tower cranes are exposed to the elements and weather extremes, and subjected to heavy use for extended periods. They are also prone to stress fatigue and breakdowns. The condition of tower cranes supplied to and used by Ontario workplaces continues to be a concern. Learn what inspectors look for in a tower crane inspection.

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Loading Dock Blitz Results

In February, the ministry conducted a health and safety inspection blitz on hazards in shipping and receiving areas, including loading docks, as part of an ongoing campaign to increase safety in workplaces. The blitz results are now available.

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Safe At Work Ontario TODAY

The latest issue of Safe At Work Ontario TODAY is hot off the press! This summer edition features stories on heat stress, new and young worker safety, inspection blitzes and a one-year look back on the workplace violence and harassment legislation – all inside an eye-catching publication.

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Partners In Prevention Conferences

The Partners in Prevention Series continues across cities and towns in Ontario, bringing together health and safety partners and professionals for networking, education and knowledge-sharing. Sign up for a conference near you today.

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New and Young Workers

Until the end of August, the ministry will continue to focus on new and young workers at industrial and health care workplaces in its summer blitz. Remember, employers and supervisors, you play an important role in keeping your new and young workers healthy and safe. Check out our resources on our young workers’ webpage.

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Mining Regulation Amendments

Various provisions of Regulation 854 under the Occupational Health and Safety Act, which applies to mines and mining plants in Ontario, will be amended effective January 1, 2012.

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