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Inspection Blitzes and Initiatives

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 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 contraventions 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 verify compliance with core ESA standards, such as the Employment Standards Poster requirements, 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, where vulnerable workers are employed and where an increasing number of Ontarians are working.

Provincial Blitzes

Province-wide workplace inspection blitzes: 2015-2016
Focus Program Sector/Business Type Date
Precarious Employment Employment Standards Janitorial, Security, Business Services, Fitness and Recreation Centres, Amusement, Recreation Industries May – July 2015
Struck By Hazards Health and Safety Construction May – June 2015
Temporary Foreign Workers Employment Standards Restaurants and other sectors known to employ temporary foreign workers May – July 2015
New and Young Worker Health and Safety Industrial May – August 2015
Trenching Hazards Health and Safety Construction July – August 2015
Mobile Equipment Traffic Control Measures Health and Safety Mining July – August 2015
Internships Employment Standards Information Technology and other sectors known to have internships September –
December 2015
Material Handling Health and Safety Industrial September 14 –
October 23, 2015
Heavy Equipment Operation Health and Safety Construction October –
November 2015
Modular Training Health and Safety Mining October –
November 2015
Safe Operation of Machinery Health and Safety Industrial January 18 –
February 26, 2016
Occupational Disease Health and Safety Mining February -
March 2016

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Provincial Initiatives

Province-wide workplace inspection initiatives: 2015-2016
Focus Program Sector/Business Type Date

Health Care Initiative

Health and Safety Health Care April 2015 – March 2016
New Small Business Registrations Health and Safety Industrial April 2015 – March 2016
Education Health and Safety Industrial 2016
Material Handling Practices & Ergonomic Risks and Controls Health and Safety Construction April 2015 – March 2016
Supervisory Awareness of OHS & Regulatory Duties Health and Safety Construction April 2015 – March 2016
Worker Safety on Sloped Roofs Health and Safety Construction April 2015 – March 2016
Ground Control Health and Safety Mining April 2015 – March 2016
Water Management Health and Safety Mining April 2015 – March 2016
Remotely Controlled Equipment Health and Safety Mining April 2015 – March 2016
Explosives Health and Safety Mining April 2015 – March 2016
Occupational Hygiene Health and Safety WHMIS compliance to labels, MSDS, worker education and communication of components of the GHS April 2015 – March 2016
Ergonomics Health and Safety
  • Workplaces with high rate of musculoskeletal disorders
  • Vehicle-pedestrian interaction
  • Material handling in electronic waste recycling
  • Client repositioning in retirement and long term care
  • Storage and material handling at construction projects
  • Manual material handling and work station design at pits and quarries.
April 2015 – March 2016
Expanded Investigations and Re-Inspections Employment Standards
  • Workplaces where violations have been found through claim investigation.
  • Workplaces where a re-inspection is required for violations that were identified through a proactive inspection.
April 2015 – March 2016

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Regional Initiatives

Regional workplace inspection initiatives: 2015-2016
Location Program Sector/Business Type Date
Central East Health and Safety Construction:
  • Housekeeping – Slips, Trips & Falls
  • Building (Residential/ Commercial) Property Management
  • Holistic Treatment Clinics
April 2015 – March 2016
Central East Employment Standards Independent Grocery Stores, Manufacturing August – October 2015
Central West
Health and Safety Industrial:
  • Farming
July – August 2015
  • Overloading of dump trucks
  • Falls from elevations

October – November 2015

January – March 2016
Central West Employment Standards Independent Grocery Stores August – October 2015
Eastern Health and Safety Construction:
  • Failure to Notify Requirements Under Construction Regulations 213/91
  • Focused Compliance – Failure to Notify of Crushing Activities at Surface Mining Operations
  • Focused Compliance of the Internal Responsibility System at Workplaces with History of Complaints, Injuries, and Prosecutions
Health Care/Industrial:
  • Focused Compliance of Safety Engineered Medical Devices at Flu Clinics
April 2015 – March 2016
Eastern Employment Standards Construction, Bars/Restaurants June – October 2015
Northern Health and Safety Construction:
  • Roll Over Protective Structures
June – August 2015
  • Forestry
  • Maintenance/shut downs/lockouts
  • Falls from ladders
April 2015 – March 2016
  • Point in Time Inspections
  • JHSC Audit of Surface and Underground Mines
April 2015 – March 2016
Northern Employment Standards Golf Courses June – August 2015
Western Health and Safety Industrial:
  • Field to Bottle Winery Initiative
  • Developmental Services Group Home
  • Small Manufacturing
  • Farming
  • Roofing
  • Electrical Contact
April 2015 – March 2016
Western Employment Standards Professional Services April – June 2015

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