Ontario announces blitz schedule

The Ontario Ministry of Labour has announced its inspection blitz schedule for the 201- 2013 fiscal year.

According to the ministry,  workplace injuries and fatalities can usually be traced to a few root causes. The Ministry of Labour’s proactive inspection blitzes on sector-specific hazards are designed to raise awareness and increase compliance with health and safety legislation.

It is the normal procedure of the ministry to announce blitzes in advanced.

The ministry tracks each sector to determine if the blitzes result in a long-lasting increase in compliance and decrease in injuries

Scheduled Blitzes are as follows

FocusIndustryDate
New and Young WorkerHealth Care

Construction

Industrial (e.g. farming, service, logging sectors)

May – August 2012
Struck by Objects
(hazards associated with traffic control during roadwork)
ConstructionJune 2012
Tower Cranes / Mobile Cranes
(hoisting hazards)
ConstructionJuly – August 2012
Pits and Quarries, Sand and Gravel Pits
(hazards associated with the haulage process)
MiningJuly 2012
Supervisory Engagement in Construction
(supervisory responsibilities / training and requirements under Section 14 Reg. 213/91)
ConstructionSeptember – October 2012
Manufacturing
(machine guarding, MSD, workplace violence)
IndustrialOctober – November 2012
Infection Prevention and ControlHealthcareOctober – November 2012
Underground Mining
(hazards associated with ore pass and loading pocket systems)
MiningNovember – December 2012
Underground Mining
(ventilation hazards)
MiningJanuary – February 2013
Slips, Trips and Falls

(ladder safety and fall protection hazards)

Industrial

Construction

February – March 2013
Workplace ViolenceHealthcareFebruary – March 2013

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