ONTARIO — After being suspended due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Ontario Ministry of Labour, Training and Skills Development (MLTSD) recently announced the workplace blitzes planned for 2022-2023.
According to an article by Workplace Safety North (WSN), the two compliance initiatives that apply to all workplace sectors in Ontario focus on two high-risk areas. The first risk is being struck by vehicles, mobile equipment, objects or machinery. These types of injuries are often serious or fatal. The second risk, even more relevant since COVID-19, is occupational disease.
Until June 30, the ministry will focus on high-risk trauma hazards, particularly “bump” hazards, including being struck by objects, machinery, motor vehicles and moving equipment. The education, awareness and outreach phase will run through June, with compliance support from all health and safety associations, including WSN. The inspection blitz across Ontario began May 1 and will run until June 26.
From October to December, the ministry will focus on occupational diseases. Education, Outreach and Outreach runs from October 3 through December 30. The blitz calls for targeted inspections across Ontario from October 31 to December 28.
Other compliance initiatives include:
- Industry compliance initiatives related to the forest products sector
May – Temporary help agencies: The education, outreach and outreach phase runs from May 2 through August 31, with compliance support from the Public Services Health and Safety Association, Workplace Safety and Prevention Services and Workplace Safety North.
- Mining compliance initiatives
July: Storage, Use, and Handling of Explosives in Surface and Underground Mines: The Education, Awareness, and Awareness Phase runs July 15 through September 20, with compliance support from WSN. The Blitz Inspection phase runs from August 1 through September 30.
- Specialized Professional Services Initiative
April: Respiratory Protection (Hygiene): The Education, Awareness and Awareness phase runs through March 31, 2023, with compliance support from all health and safety associations, including WSN. The blitz inspection phase runs until March 31, 2023.
- Workplace employment standards: Inspections also check that employers across the province are meeting employment standards. For example, employment standards officers inspect workplaces for minimum wage, hours of work, overtime pay, holidays, and vacation pay.