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BULLETIN

Blitz Targets Infection Control

The Ministry of Labour will focus on enforcing the OHSA and its regulations with respect to the prevention and control of infection at health care workplaces across Ontario this fall.

In October and November, Ministry of Labour inspectors will check for infection hazards at hospitals, long-term care homes, retirement homes and other workplaces. Health care workers are at risk of illness from exposure to needle stick injuries, bodily fluids, contaminated medical supplies and other hazards.

The inspectors will check that:

  • employers are taking precautions to protect workers
  • safe work practices are being used
  • personal protective equipment is being properly used and maintained
  • workers are aware of infection hazards and trained to handle infectious agents

The blitz is part of the province's Safe At Work Ontario enforcement strategy to increase compliance with the Occupational Health and Safety Act and its regulations.

LEARN MORE

Read more about the infection control blitz in the Ministry of Labour's backgrounder.

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

Learn about the ministry's Health Care Sector Plan 2012-2013.

Matt Blajer, Communications Branch, 416-326-7405

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