Ministry of Labour Inspection Blitzes

2017/2018 WSPS Sector Blitz Schedule

Focus Date

Falls - including slips and trips

Falls are hurting Ontario workers. In 2016, 11,495 lost-time injury (LTI) claims resulted from falls. That’s the equivalent of 31 workers being injured every day due to a fall.  Nine of those injuries were traumatic fatalities.  And having two feet on the floor doesn’t mean you’re safe. In fact, same level falls are the most frequent, accounting for more than 70% of all falls.1 Based on an average benefit claim cost of $51,062, claims due to falls will cost a collective $249 million over the life of these claims.2
1 By the Numbers: 2016 WSIB Statistical Report. 2 WSIB Injury Data: Retrieved from EIW Feb 13, 2014. Long-term costs of persistent claims not reflected.

October 2, 2017- November 24, 2017

Machine Guarding and Electrical Hazards

Employees work with machines, tools and equipment every day. Workplaces couldn't operate without them; however, interacting with them has potential for serious injuries or fatalities if they are not used and maintained properly.

January 15, 2018- February 28, 2018
   
Recent Blitzes Date

New and Young Worker

Have you hired summer students or seasonal workers? Or moved staff to unfamiliar positions? Then your workplace may be visited by a Ministry of Labour inspector during the blitz. Inspectors will be looking for adequate training, orientation and supervision; joint health & safety committee / health & safety representative; safety measures and procedures.

 

May 1, 2017- August 31, 2017

Chemical Handling

Think you do not have to worry about hazardous chemicals in your workplace? Think again. Hazardous chemicals range from exotic new substances used in high tech industries to common materials like chlorine bleach, cleaning agents and solvents found in almost all workplaces. During the blitz, Ministry of Labour Inspectors will focus on chemical handling to check that employers have taken proper steps to protect workers.

September 19, 2016 - October 31, 2016

What is a Ministry of Labour blitz?

Ministry of Labour Blitz

The Ministry of Labour's proactive inspection blitzes focus on sector-specific hazards, and are designed to raise awareness and increase compliance with health and safety legislation. They are part of the province's Safe at Work Ontario compliance strategy. During a blitz inspection, inspectors focus on specific sectors, workplace areas or activities in which the targeted hazards may be present.

The blitzes are announced in advance and results are reported after they are completed. The ministry tracks each sector to determine if the blitzes result in a long-lasting increase in compliance and decrease in injuries.

 

What the law says

In Ontario, workplaces must allow a Ministry of Labour inspector into the workplace. During a blitz campaign, inspectors have been instructed to take a zero-tolerance approach, meaning that if a workplace is found to be non-compliant, the MOL will prosecute in some way.

How MOL blitzes can affect your business

MOL blitzes target hazards that can lead to high-cost injury claims. These claims result from injuries that cause fatalities, long-term disabilities, or by their nature tend to reoccur or become chronic. The high costs are passed along to employers in the form of higher WSIB assessments, insurance premiums, lost time, and lower productivity.

What you can do

  • Be proactive: identify the hazards in your workplace that can cause injury or illness and establish a plan for how these hazards will be managed
  • Get some help from your health and safety association to find out what training you need to ensure compliance before the inspector arrives
  • Perform your own workplace audit
  • Make your employees aware of the hazards
  • Have a well-documented health and safety program visibly in place, and implement hazard-related strategies, tools and training
  • Correct any deficiencies identified by a Ministry of Labour inspector
  • Work collaboratively with the inspector

Consulting Services

General Consulting Services

General Consulting Services

Integrating health and safety into your workplace is good business.  WSPS’ consultants employ a results-based approach to health, safety and environment, focused on building self-reliance,  and enabling your organization to implement, manage and continually improve your health and safety programs.

WSPS Safety Group

WSPS Safety Group

WSPS is the largest Safety Group provider and one of the longest running sponsors in the province. With our extensive experience and proven track record, by working with us and other member firms participating firms can achieve better results, and qualify for WSIB rebates.

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Are You Ready for the MOL Machine Guarding Blitz

Are You Ready for the MOL Machine Guarding Blitz

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MOL Blitz: firsthand advice for keeping new and young workers safe

MOL Blitz: firsthand advice for keeping new and young workers safe

Luis Hernandez felt fortunate to land a job as a maintenance worker at a fast-service restaurant just three weeks after arriving in Canada. And while he acknowledges that his first employer did a lot of things right to keep him safe, more could have been done. But because Luis was new to the country he didn't feel it was his place to offer suggestions.

May 15, 2017
How to stay ahead of the New and Young Worker MOL blitz

How to stay ahead of the New and Young Worker MOL blitz

Many workplaces see "training" as a formal exercise delivered by outside experts, but it doesn't have to be, says WSPS key account manager Rodola Sibuma. "It can happen in small increments every day or every week, because you already have on-site experts who can deliver this training - your supervisors."

Apr 10, 2017
12 questions to help you prepare for this fall’s chemical handling blitz

12 questions to help you prepare for this fall’s chemical handling blitz

From September 19 to October 31, Ministry of Labour inspectors will fan out across the province, visiting workplaces to check records, observe, and ask questions about their chemical handling practices.

Jul 29, 2016
12 action items to implement ahead of the May-June falls blitz

12 action items to implement ahead of the May-June falls blitz

Eliminate hazards that could cause workers to slip, trip or fall - before a month-long Ministry of Labour inspection blitz begins on May 16. With assistance from WSPS consultant Shannon Boston, we've assembled a list of 12 possible action items to help you prepare for the blitz, entrench safe practices, and keep your employees healthy and safe.

Apr 04, 2016
Material handling blitz #1: inspectors' MSD prevention priorities

Material handling blitz #1: inspectors' MSD prevention priorities

During the Ministry of Labour's material handling blitz, running from September 14 to October 23, inspectors are asking employers about manual handling procedures, related worker training, and workplace supervision. "These are fundamental parts of a musculoskeletal disorder (MSD) prevention program," says WSPS ergonomist Sandra Patterson.

Sep 04, 2015
September material handling blitz: conduct your own inspection now

September material handling blitz: conduct your own inspection now

On September 14, the Ministry of Labour will begin a 6-week material handling inspection blitz. Get ahead of the ministry by conducting your own blitz now, advises WSPS consultant Sandy Ash. "Turn this into an opportunity by proactively identifying gaps in your prevention program and implementing an action plan. It's all very positive if it's an impetus for improvement."

Aug 06, 2015
Slips, trips and falls: 7 steps to prevent them and prepare for the February blitz

Slips, trips and falls: 7 steps to prevent them and prepare for the February blitz

Next month's slip, trip and fall inspection blitz is the second in two years. "There's no question the ministry is taking this hazard very seriously," says WSPS consultant Kevin Smith. "And for good reason: slips, trips and falls consistently rank among the top four causes of workplace injuries."

Jan 12, 2015
Keeping young and new restaurant workers safe

Keeping young and new restaurant workers safe

Restaurants aim to provide service that looks effortlessly efficient, but work at the front and back of house is intense, repetitive and full of hazards. That's why the Ministry of Labour's annual young and new worker blitz -taking place now - always focuses on restaurants and food services.

Jul 04, 2014