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Inspection Blitzes and Initiatives

  • Issued: April 3, 2013
  • Content last reviewed: February 2015

This year, the ministry is coordinating the proactive enforcement blitz and initiative schedules for the Occupational Health and Safety Program and the Employment Standards Program. Coordinating the schedules highlights the importance the ministry places on protecting workers' rights under both the Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA) and the Employment Standards Act (ESA), and enhancing employers' awareness of their responsibilities. We will be conducting "Provincial Blitzes" which are province-wide, sector-specific enforcement initiatives, as well as "Provincial" and "Regional Initiatives" which are smaller-scale enforcement initiatives.

Findings are generally reported soon after completion. The ministry tracks each sector to determine if there are long-lasting improvements in compliance and fewer injuries and fewer breaches of employment standards.

Workplace injuries and fatalities can usually be traced to a few root causes that may vary by sector. Occupational health and safety inspectors conduct proactive blitzes and initiatives on sector-specific hazards; these are also designed to raise awareness and increase compliance with the OHSA.

Similarly, employment standards officers visit employers to check compliance with core ESA standards, such as displaying the Employment Standards poster, wage statements, unauthorized deductions, record keeping, hours of work, eating periods, overtime pay, minimum wage, public holidays and vacation with pay. They focus particularly on sectors where there is a history of employment standards violations and where vulnerable workers are employed.


Provincial Blitzes

Province-wide workplace inspection blitzes: 2014-2015
Focus Program Sector/Business Type Date
Internships Employment Standards Marketing/Public Relations, Software Development, Retail, Media, Film, Entertainment April – June 2014
Excavation Hazards Health and Safety Construction May 2014
New and Young Workers Health and Safety Industrial May – August 2014
Fall Protection / Hazards Health and Safety Construction July – August 2014
Explosives Health and Safety Mining July – August 2014
Material Handling Health and Safety Industrial September 15 –
October 26, 2014
Vulnerable and Temporary Foreign Workers Employment Standards Restaurants, Building Services, Personal Care Services, Business Support Services, Horticulture (e.g. nurseries, greenhouses, etc.) September –
November 2014
Ground Control Health and Safety Mining October –
November 2014
Machine Guarding Health and Safety Industrial November 3 –
December 14, 2014
Temporary Help Agencies Employment Standards Temporary Help Agencies January –
February 2015
Slips, Trips and Falls Health and Safety Industrial February 2 –
March 15, 2015
Water Management Health and Safety Mining February -
March 2015

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Provincial Initiatives

Province-wide workplace inspection initiatives: 2014-2015
Focus Program Sector/Business Type Date

Health Care Initiative

Health and Safety Health Care July 2014 – March 2015
Traffic Protection and Control Health and Safety Construction April 2014 – March 2015
Roofing Health and Safety Construction April 2014 – March 2015
Residential Housing Health and Safety Construction April 2014 – March 2015
Infill Housing Health and Safety Construction April 2014 – March 2015
Industrial, Commercial, Institutional Health and Safety Construction April 2014 – March 2015
New small business registration and Internal Responsibility System Health and Safety Industrial workplaces April 2014 – March 2015
Workplaces with young or vulnerable x-ray workers receiving radiation exposure Health and Safety Industrial workplaces with x-ray equipment April 2014 – March 2015
Dust/Ventilation Management Health and Safety Mining April 2014 – March 2015
Mobile Equipment Health and Safety Mining April 2014 – March 2015
Remote Controls Health and Safety Mining April 2014 – March 2015
Asbestos Program and Inventory Health and Safety Mining April 2014 – March 2015
Occupational Hygiene Health and Safety Dermatitis, WHMIS compliance to labels, MSDS, worker education and communication of components of the GHS April 2014 – March 2015
Ergonomics Health and Safety
  • Workplaces with high rate of musculoskeletal disorders
  • Vehicle-pedestrian interaction
  • Manual transfer of mobile industrial waste containers
  • Manual keg handling
  • Temporary workers
  • Storage and material handling at construction projects
April 2014 – March 2015

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Regional Initiatives

Regional workplace inspection initiatives: 2014-2015
Location Program Sector/Business Type Date
Central West:
Simcoe
Peel
Dufferin
York
Employment Standards
  • Veterinary Clinics
  • Security Services
  • June – July 2014
Central West Health and Safety
  • Amusement Devices
  • Tower Cranes, Man and Material Hoists, Concrete Pumps
  • Farming
  • July – September 2014
  • October 2014
  • April 2014 – March 2015
Central East:
Toronto
Durham
Employment Standards
  • Auto Dealerships
  • Supermarkets
  • June – July 2014
Central East Health and Safety
  • Food Distribution Centres
  • Industrial Plazas
  • Man-Material Hoists
  • Retirement Homes and Long-Term Care Facilities
  • Spring 2014
  • Spring, Fall 2014
  • Fall 2014
  • Spring, Summer, Fall 2014
Eastern:
Ottawa
Kingston
Peterborough
Employment Standards
  • Tourism, seasonal industries
  • June – August 2014
Eastern Health and Safety
  • Arborists and Tree Care Industry / Landscapers
  • Wineries / Micro-breweries
  • Manufacturing
  • Automotive shops not inspected in last 2 years
  • Farming operations with more than 5 workers
  • Mining - verification of Common Core Training
  • May – December 2014
  • May –
    December 2014
  • April 2014 – March 2015
  • April 2014 – March 2015
  • May – October 2014
  • Spring – Summer 2014
Northern Health and Safety
  • Sawmill mechanical /conventional logging and hauling
  • Remote access Tourism, Recreation and Hospitality workplaces
  • Residential/cottage development
  • April 2014 – March 2015
  • June 23 –
    September 9, 2014
  • June – July 2014
Northern:
Thunder Bay
North Bay
Timmins
Sudbury
Sault Ste Marie
Employment Standards
  • Professional offices
  • June – July 2014
Western Health and Safety
  • Farming
  • Field-to-Bottle (wineries)
  • Developmental Services
  • Retirement homes
  • Seeds-to-Blooms (greenhousing)
  • Small manufacturers
  • Roofing
  • April 2014 – March 2015
Western:
Hamilton
Kitchener-Waterloo
Wellington/Cambridge
London
Windsor
Employment Standards
  • Tourism, seasonal industries
  • June – August 2014

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