Update: Ministry of Labour Inspection Blitzes

Blitz Results: Manufacturing Blitz 2012

The Ministry of Labour (“MOL”) recently released the results from its 2012 Manufacturing Blitz.

MOL Inspectors focused on various workplace hazards, including:

  • guards and other devices on machines and equipment
  • improper lockout
  • musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs)
  • workplace violence and harassment
  • chemical and noise exposure

The most prominent workplace hazards identified during the manufacturing blitz came related to improperly guarded machines, chemical exposure and poorly maintained machines. In addition, many workplaces lacked proper  policies, programs and training for workplace violence and harassment. Enforcement will focus on these areas.

Inspection Blitz – New and Young Workers

New and young workers are defined as workers aged 14 to 24 years, as well as workers over 25 years old who have been on the job less than six months or have been assigned to a new job.

The MOL has identified this group as “high-risk” for work-related incidents. Starting May 1, 2013, the MOL will be conducting inspection blitzes with respect to new and young workers.

Inspection Blitz Schedule

The MOL has posted its Inspection Blitz Schedule for 2013 into the beginning of 2014:

2013-2014 Blitz Schedule

Focus Program Sector Date

Vulnerable Workers

Occupational Health and Safety

Employment Standards

Industrial, Health Care: New and Young Workers

Salons, spas, nail salons
Manufacturing and distribution
Fast food, restaurants
Construction sites
Farming
Recreation: gyms, pools, bowling alleys
Recreation centres

May – August 2013

May – August 2013

Excavation

Health and Safety

Construction

May 2013

Internal Responsibility System

Health and Safety

Mining

July – August  2013

Musculoskeletal Disorders (MSDs)

Health and Safety

Health Care

September – October 2013

Fall Hazards

Health and Safety

Construction

September – October 2013

Retail Services

Employment Standards

Gas stations
Retail chains
Convenience store franchises/chains
Other retail/grocery

October – December 2013

Ground Control

Health and Safety

Mining

October – 2013

Recycling and Waste Management

Health and Safety

Industrial
Health Care

November – December 2013

Locking and Tagging in Mine Hoisting Plants

Health and Safety

Mining

January – February 2014

Construction in Active Workplaces

Health and Safety

Construction
Industrial

January  2014

Warehousing

Health and Safety

Industrial

February – March 2014

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