A four-month enforcement blitz conducted from May to August 2013 resulted in 8,139 work orders issued to almost 3,000 workplaces, reports the Ministry of Labour. This last blitz was the sixth in as many years. Chances are good the ministry will launch another blitz this year.
The 2013 blitz involved health care facilities and industrial operations. Workplaces in three industrial sectors - retail, restaurant, and tourism, hospitality and recreational services - received 1091 visits (40%) and 4077 orders (50%), or almost three orders per visit. More than 50 violations were serious enough to warrant stop work orders.
What inspectors looked for
The inspectors focused on the following three health and safety requirements:
orientation, training and supervision. Were new and young workers receiving the information, instruction, training and supervision required?
Internal responsibility system, such as having a joint health and safety committee or health and safety representative.
safety measures and procedures to prevent injuries and occupational illness.
What inspectors issued orders for
Operations in the retail, restaurant, and tourism, hospitality and recreational services sectors received orders under the Industrial Establishments Regulation for violations involving
housekeeping (sections 11-20)
fire safety (sections 22-23)
machine guarding and lockout (sections 24-42)
material handling (sections 44- 66)
personal protective equipment (sections 79-86)
industrial hygiene (sections 124-139).
Orders were also issued under the Regulations for the Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS) and the Regulations for Designated Substances.
How we can help
WSPS offers information, training and consulting services on the three requirements that inspectors focused on, as well as the areas under which they issued orders. Find out more by viewing WSPS resources by topic.
For two days, WSPS's Partners in Prevention 2014 Health & Safety Conference & Trade Show - Canada's largest annual health and safety event - brings together hundreds of industry experts, including speakers, manufacturers and distributors, who are all ready to answer your questions and help you find solutions. The event takes place April 29-30 in Mississauga, ON. Check it out.