April Showers Bring … Inspection Blitzes

April showers may bring May flowers, but April also brings with it a wide range of inspection blitzes from Ontario’s Ministry of Labour (MOL). While employers may think of MOL blitzes as focusing more on the industrial and construction sectors, the blitzes beginning this April are far more expansive, and are therefore something all employers need to be aware of. In addition, it is notable that the MOL is now coordinating its Occupational Health and Safety (OHSA) and Employment Standards Act (ESA) enforcement initiatives, meaning that the Ministry is placing a high emphasis on compliance under both statutes in the coming year.

The province-wide blitzes beginning in April 2014 are as follows:

FOCUS Program Sector Date
Internships Employment Standards Marketing/Public Relations, Software Development, Retail, Media, Film, Entertainment April-June 2014
Musculoskeletal Disorders Health and Safety Health Care April 2014-March 2015
Exposures Health and Safety Health Care April 2014-March 2015
Slips, Trips and Falls Health and Safety Health Care April 2014-March 2015
Contact with/Struck by Object Injuries Health and Safety Health Care April 2014-March 2015
Workplace Violence Health and Safety Health Care April 2014-March 2015
Internal Responsibility System Evaluation Health and Safety Health Care April 2014-March 2015
Traffic Protection and Control Health and Safety Construction April 2014-March 2015
Roofing, Residential Housing, Infill Housing Health and Safety Construction April 2014-March 2015
Industrial, Commercial, Institutional Health and Safety Construction April 2014-March 2015
New small business registration and Internal Responsibility System Health and Safety Industrial April 2014-March 2015
Workplaces with young or vulnerable x-ray workers receiving radiation exposure Health and Safety Industrial workplaces with x-ray equipment April 2014-March 2015
Asbestos control programs, Dust management, Remote control operating equipment Health and Safety Mining April 2014-March 2015
Hygiene Health and Safety Dermatitis, Globally Harmonized System Compliance in Industrial Workplaces April 2014-March 2015
Ergonomics Health and Safety Workplaces with high rates of musculoskeletal disorders, Vehicle-pedestrian interaction, Manual transfer of mobile industrial waste containers, Manual keg handling, Temporary workers, Storage and material handling at construction projects April 2014-March 2015


We also note there are a number of regional blitzes, for both ESA and OHSA compliance,  that will come to specific areas of the province beginning in April and throughout the remainder of the spring.  For example, in June the MOL will begin focusing on Employment Standards compliance in the tourism/seasonal industries in Southwestern Ontario.  For a full list of these regional blitzes please see: www.labour.gov.on.ca/english/resources/blitzschedule.php

If you require assistance ensuring you are in compliance with both the OHSA and the ESA in advance of these blitzes please contact a member of our group.

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