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.
Ministry of Labour inspectors enforce the Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA) and its regulations at workplaces across the province. As part of the Safe At Work Ontario strategy, they focus on specific industry sectors where there are:
The ministry maintains a database where inspectors record their visits to workplaces in conducting inspections, consultations and investigations, along with orders issued. Events that are reported to the ministry, including fatalities, critical injuries, complaints, work refusals, etc., are also recorded.
The ministry’s Health Care Health and Safety Program analyzes these data when planning for enforcement initiatives and blitzes such as those outlined in this sector plan. A breakdown of the field visit activities conducted by inspectors and key categories of reported events at healthcare sector workplaces for the past five years are presented in the tables below.
Occupational health and safety inspectors:
A summary of activities of inspectors within this program, including those done as part of the Safe At Work Ontario blitzes and initiatives, is provided in Table 1.
|Program inspector activities||2011-2012||2012-2013||2013-2014||2014-2015||2015-2016|
|Proactive − consultations||72||52||29||78||47|
|Proactive − inspections||2,058||1,700||1,420||1,680||1,837|
|Total proactive field visit activities||2,130||1,752||1,449||1,758||1,884|
|Total reactive field visit activities − investigations||1,726||1,796||1,694||2,063||2,066|
|Total field visit activities||3,856||3,548||3,143||3,821||3,950|
Occupational health and safety events and injuries reported to the Ministry of Labour are summarized in Table 2. Only events reported to the ministry are included here. Except for fatalities, event categories in the ministry’s data set are based on what was assigned at the time of the initial report to the ministry. The reported event category may not represent what actually occurred at the workplace.
|OHS events and injuries||2011-2012||2012-2013||2013-2014||2014-2015||2015-2016|
|Other injuries (i.e., non-critical)||225||231||252||295||315|
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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.