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Blitz Targets Recycling and Waste Hazards

Ontario Government Committed To Protecting Workers

Ontario's latest health and safety blitzes will target hazards involving recycling and waste management at industrial and health care workplaces across the province.

In November and December, Ministry of Labour inspectors will visit sites to ensure proper handling and disposal procedures are being followed to help keep workers safe. The blitzes will focus on:

  • Providing proper information, instruction and supervision to workers to protect their health and safety
  • Proper handling requirements for disposal of needles, sharps and other wastes in health care workplaces.

Inspectors will also check that employers, supervisors and workers are complying with requirements under the Occupational Health and Safety Act and its regulations.

Protecting workers on the job is part of the government's continued commitment to preventing workplace injuries through its Safe At Work Ontario strategy while creating jobs and helping people in their everyday lives.

QUOTES

"Developing workplace partnerships and building a culture of health and safety is good for our workers and good for our economy. We are focused on protecting workers on the job each and every day and these blitzes are a key part of that. They help keep workers safe so they can focus on caring for patients and growing our economy."
— Yasir Naqvi, Minister of Labour

"Keeping recycling and waste management facilities safe is important as Ontario works to divert more waste from landfills into new factories, new jobs and new products. The proposed Waste Reduction Act would help boost recycling innovation in this province and enable the government to set targets and standards for the collection and management of recycled products."
— Jim Bradley, Minister of the Environment

"The number of workers engaged in recycling and waste management activities is increasing. There are a number of potential hazards that these workers may be exposed to and so we're working to improve the health and safety of these industrial and health care workers in Ontario."
— George Gritziotis, Chief Prevention Officer

QUICK FACTS

  • Both the waste management and health care sectors are expanding and creating jobs. The Workplace Safety and Insurance Board estimates the number of workers employed in the waste recycling rate group in the industrial sector increased by 24 per cent from 2010 to 2011.
  • Since 2008, ministry inspectors have conducted more than 345,000 field visits, and 57 inspection blitzes.
  • Inspectors have issued more than 560,000 compliance orders in Ontario workplaces.

LEARN MORE

Read more about Ontario's Safe At Work Ontario strategy to improve workplace safety.

Learn about the ministry's Industrial Sector Plan 2013-2014 and Health Care Sector Plan 2013-2014.

Inspectors Target Recycling & Waste Hazards (Backgrounder)

Jonathan Rose, Minister’s Office, 416-326-7709

Matt Blajer, Communications Branch, 416-326-7405

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