What is a Ministry of Labour Inspection Initiative?
Each year the Ministry of Labour (MOL) schedules inspection initiatives in specific sectors or regions to protect workers' rights under both the Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA) and the Employment Standards Act, and enhance employers' awareness of their responsibilities.
Health and Safety in the Workplace
Occupational health and safety inspectors carry out their initiatives to:
- raise awareness of hazards
- increase compliance with the Occupational Health and Safety Act and its regulations
Inspection initiatives focus on specific hazards or topics and have two phases.
Phase 1: Compliance Assistance Campaign
The MOL and the health and safety associations work to raise awareness and provide resources, training and education to workplace parties on that initiative’s focus.
The goal is to give workplace parties tools and knowledge to comply with health and safety requirements.
Phase 2: Inspection Campaign
MOL inspectors conduct field visits to check that employers are complying with the OHSA and its regulations, and to raise awareness about specific issues at the workplaces they are visiting.
MOL inspectors and health and safety associations continue to provide compliance assistance.
2019 / 2020 Inspection Initiative Schedule
MOL Tourism / Hotel Motel Initiative
Phase 1: April 2018 - March 31, 2019
Phase 2: April 1, 2019 - March 31, 2020
Slips, Trips and Falls
Phase 1: March 18 - July 12, 2019
Phase 2: April 15 - July 12, 2019
New and Young Workers
Phase 1: May 1 - August 30, 2019
Phase 2: July 15 - August 30, 2019
Healthy Workers in Healthy Workplaces
Musculoskeletal Disorders and Respiratory Hazards
Phase 1: September 1 - December 27, 2019
Phase 2: October 1 - December 27, 2019
Phase 1: January 20 - March 31, 2020
Phase 2: February 17 - March 31, 2020