As discussed in previous posts, Safe at Work Ontario is the Ministry of Labour’s strategy to increase compliance with the Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA). Under this policy framework, the Ministry will release annual enforcement plans targeting sectors that are prone to work-related injuries, specifically industrial, healthcare, construction and mining. The plans will focus on sector-specific workplace hazards and outline what inspectors will be looking for during an inspection.
In February and March 2013, inspectors from the Ministry of Labour will be conducting safety inspections in the healthcare sector, including long-term care homes, residential care homes, hospitals, nursing services, etc. These inspections will focus on workplace violence and harassment.
The OHSA requires employers to:
- demonstrate that they have a workplace violence and harassment policy and a program through which to implement its policy;
- show that their employees have received training about workplace violence and harassment and the employer’s policy; and
- demonstrate that there is ongoing assessment of the risks of workplace violence, including domestic violence, and take all reasonable precautions to protect their workers.
More information about workplace violence and harassment can be found here.