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Summer Blitz Targets New and Young Worker Safety

Ontario Government Committed To Protecting Vulnerable Workers

The Ontario government will focus on the safety of new and young workers during a four-month enforcement blitz across Ontario.

Beginning May 1, 2014, Ministry of Labour inspectors will check that employers are complying with Ontario’s Occupational Health and Safety Act. This will include checking that new and young workers:

  • are being instructed, trained and supervised on the job
  • meet minimum age requirements, and are
  • following required safety measures and procedures to prevent injuries

Inspectors will focus on industrial sector workplaces where many new and young workers are employed.

Protecting young people on the job is part of the Ontario government’s continued commitment to preventing workplace injuries through its Safe At Work Ontario enforcement initiative.


  • Between 2006 and 2012, 48 young workers aged 15 to 24 died in work-related incidents and more than 58,000 received injuries resulting in lost time at work.
  • Many young workers who received lost-time injuries were employed as labourers in processing, manufacturing and utilities as well as retail salespeople, food counter attendants and kitchen helpers.


The Guide to the Occupational Health and Safety Act explains what every worker, supervisor, and employer needs to know about the act.

Learn about last year’s inspection blitz involving safety of young and new workers in the industrial and health care sectors and the results of that blitz.

New and Young Worker Safety Focus of Blitz
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