2011 young and new worker blitz results

Feb 16, 2012

2011 young and new worker blitz resultsFrom May 1 to August 31, 2011, almost 3,000 workplaces in the industrial and health care sectors received visits from inspectors looking for violations of the Occupational Health and Safety Act involving young and new workers. In the course of their visits, inspectors issued almost 10,000 orders, including 214 stop work orders. A breakdown of industrial sector orders appears below.

Employers of young and new workers take note: inspectors' findings during blitzes may affect the frequency and level of future inspections of individual workplaces. The 2011 blitz was Ontario’s third to focus on new and young workers. Anticipate another blitz as soon as this spring.

Every day in Ontario, nearly 50 young workers under age 25 are injured or killed on the job. Research shows that both young and new workers are four times more likely to be injured during their first month of employment than at any other time.1

The 2011 blitz focused on two groups:

  1. new young workers from 14 to 24 years of age
  2. new workers aged 25 and older who have been on the job less than six months or reassigned to a new job

The goal of the blitz was to check on whether these workers are properly instructed, trained and supervised, are working in accordance with the requirements of the Occupational Health and Safety Act, and meet the minimum age requirements prescribed for the work they are doing.

Most orders issued during this blitz involved

  1. general duties, which includes duties of employers, supervisors, and workers under section 25 of the act
  2. requirements relating to health and safety representatives and committees (sections 8 and 9)
  3. violence and harassment (section 32)

See also “Order analysis,” below for a list of the most frequently issued orders.

Industrial sector blitz inspections, May to August 2011


Industrial Sector
New and Young Worker Blitz

Total Industrial Sector
Enforcement Activity

Number of workplaces visited



Total visits



Orders (all types)



Stop-work orders



Orders per visit



Stop-work orders per visit



Order analysis

The top ten most frequently issued orders in the industrial sector related to failure to

  1. take reasonable precautions to protect the health and safety of workers
  2. prepare and review a health and safety policy and develop a program to implement the policy
  3. maintain equipment in good condition
  4. provide workers with information, instruction and supervision to protect their health and safety
  5. post a copy of the act in the workplace
  6. have a health and safety representative
  7. assess the risk of workplace violence
  8. have a workplace violence and harassment policy in place
  9. conduct workplace inspections by a health and safety representative or JHSC member
  10. comply with machine guarding and lockout requirements

Orders were issued under the Industrial Establishments Regulation (O. Reg. 851) for the following sections:

  1. housekeeping – sections 11–20
  2. fire safety – sections 22–23
  3. machine guarding and lockout – sections 24–42
  4. material handling – sections 44–66
  5. personal protection equipment – sections 79–86
  6. industrial hygiene – sections 124–139

Orders were also issued under WHMIS regulation 860 and the designated substance regulation.
No orders were issued for minimum-age requirements under section 4 of the Industrial Regulation 851/90.
This chart lists the ten industrial sub-sectors receiving the most orders during the blitz.

Orders issued by industrial sub-sectors


Orders Issued





Tourism, Hospitality & Recreational Services


Food, Beverage & Tobacco


Vehicle Sales & Service


Wood & Metal Fabrication




Industrial Services


Textile, Printing


Offices & Related Services


How we can help

Workplace Safety & Prevention Services offers a number of resources to help workplaces prevent injuries to this vulnerable group. Among them:

  • First 4 Weeks Health & Safety Orientation and Training, a self-directed program for workers and supervisors
  • Orientation on H&S for New Workers, a 1.5 hour e-course, aussi disponible en français
  • Consulting services, including custom program development, gap analyses, and more
  • Visit the Vulnerable Workers topic page for additional information and resources

1 Source for all statistics: Ontario Ministry of Labour: It's Your Job, Young Workers