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Specialized Professional Services

Safe At Work Ontario

Disclaimer: This resource has been prepared to help the workplace parties understand some of their obligations under the Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA) and regulations. It is not legal advice. It is not intended to replace the OHSA or the regulations. For further information please see full disclaimer.

The Specialized Professional Services provides technical support and expertise to regional staff in the industrial, construction, mining and health care programs.

The Specialized Professional Services provides services in five key areas:

  • ergonomics;
  • occupational hygiene;
  • engineering;
  • radiation protection; and
  • emergency management.

Provincial Specialized Professional Services enforcement initiatives

The provincial enforcement initiatives carried out by inspectors from April 1, 2014 to March 31, 2015 were:

Occupational hygiene

  • dermatitis
  • workplace hazardous materials information system
    • labels
    • material safety data sheets
    • worker education
    • communication of components of the global harmonized system

Ergonomics

  • 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

The enforcement results below reflect the combined occupational hygiene and ergonomics field visits that were held from April 2014 to March 2015.

Results of blitzes and initiatives of other health and safety programs also include field visits conducted by Specialized Professional Services staff.

Table 38: Occupational hygiene and ergonomics initiatives
Program activities Number
Field visits 997
Workplaces visited 725
Orders and requirements issued 1,053
Stop work orders 30
Orders and requirements per workplace visited 1.45
Orders and requirements per field visit 1.06

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Disclaimer: This web resource has been prepared to assist the workplace parties in understanding some of their obligations under the Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA) and the regulations. It is not intended to replace the OHSA or the regulations and reference should always be made to the official version of the legislation.

It is the responsibility of the workplace parties to ensure compliance with the legislation. This web resource does not constitute legal advice. If you require assistance with respect to the interpretation of the legislation and its potential application in specific circumstances, please contact your legal counsel.

While this web resource will also be available to Ministry of Labour inspectors, they will apply and enforce the OHSA and its regulations based on the facts as they may find them in the workplace. This web resource does not affect their enforcement discretion in any way.