MOL Tourism / Hotel Motel Initiative

MOL Tourism & Hotel Motel InitiativeMinistry of Labour Inspection Initiatives

Phase 1: April 2018 to March 31, 2019
Compliance assistance

Phase 2: April 1, 2019 to March 31, 2020
Focused inspections

You care about the welfare of your employees. They're the backbone of your business. But figuring out what you need to do to protect them and how to get started can be tough - especially when your time and resources are limited.

Starting September 2018, the Ministry of Labour is supporting businesses through education and outreach to better understand the industry's health and safety challenges. The outreach will run until March 31, 2019, after which ministry inspectors will start a year of focused health and safety visits to hotels and motels in western Ontario.

The ministry will focus on an area encompassing Windsor and Tobermory and Niagara Falls, and the areas in between. The initiative will run until March 31, 2020.

How We Can Help

Every year, we help thousands of Ontario's businesses get the tools, training and practices in place for workplace safety. From understanding legal requirements to employee training to dealing with hazards, we have it covered.

Our solutions are designed to help you quickly get what you need, when you need it. Plus, our experienced consultants are right there in your community to lend a hand.

What the law says

In all provincially regulated workplaces, employers and other workplace parties must comply with the Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA) and its regulations. Some of the general duties of workplace parties include:

Employers

  • provide information, instruction and supervision to workers to protect their health and safety, including information on safe work policies, measures and procedures specific to the workplace and the work to be performed
  • take every precaution reasonable in the circumstances for the protection of workers
  • ensure equipment, materials and protective devices required by the regulations are provided and are maintained in good condition
  • prepare and review, at least annually, a written occupational health and safety policy, and develop and maintain a program to implement that policy
  • post a copy of the OHSA in the workplace

Supervisors

  • ensure workers comply with the OHSA and its regulations
  • ensure any equipment, protective device or clothing required by the employer is used or worn by workers
  • advise workers of any potential or actual health or safety dangers known by the supervisor
  • if prescribed, provide workers with written instructions about measures and procedures to be taken for the workers' protection
  • take every precaution reasonable in the circumstances for the protection of workers

Workers

  • use or operate equipment in a safe manner
  • report defects in equipment
  • work in compliance with the OHSA and its regulations
  • report any known workplace hazards or contraventions of the OHSA to your supervisor or employer

Workers should also be aware of their rights under the OHSA including the right to refuse unsafe work and the right-to-know about any potential hazards to which they may be exposed in the workplace.

Topic Pages

Small Business Centre

Our Small Business Centre provides flexible, cost-effective ways to ensure OHS compliance. With the click of a button you can access health and safety information relevant to your business. Stay on track with our safety checklist and then follow our road map to help address your legal requirements and occupational health and safety (OHS) gaps and concerns.

Safety Roadmaps are provided for firms with:

Customer Profiles Video Gallery

Hilton Hotel Niagara Falls health and safety journey working hand in hand with WSPS.

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.

Downloads

Employee Violence Risk Assessment Questionnaire

Employee Violence Risk Assessment Questionnaire

A questionnaire employers can provide to workers to help assess violence risk. Employers are encouraged to use, reproduce, or customize this document / template to meet their health and safety requirements.
140 KB PDF
Infographic Poster - New & Young Workers

Infographic Poster - New & Young Workers

Download this free infographic poster and learn how to prevent common accidents. Post in your workplace and on your safety board. Visit our Small Business Centre to access more free resources and useful information for your small business.
420 KB PDF
New worker orientation guide: laying the foundation for a safety culture

New worker orientation guide: laying the foundation for a safety culture

How does the MOL define "new worker"? What are the different roles for employers, supervisors and workers? What should you tell vs. show new workers, what is the best way to communicate, what should you watch for? All this and more - including a detailed checklist you can personalize for your organization - in this four-page guide.

204 KB PDF
OHSCO Developing Workplace Violence and Harassment Policies and Programs: A Toolbox

OHSCO Developing Workplace Violence and Harassment Policies and Programs: A Toolbox

This toolbox supports "Developing Workplace Violence and Harassment Policies and Programs: What Employers Need to Know".  It contains information, tools and assessments that can be useful to employers as they develop a workplace violence policy and program, a workplace harassment policy and program, or a domestic violence program.
1392 KB PDF
OHSCO Developing Workplace Violence and Harassment Policies and Programs: What Employers Need to Know

OHSCO Developing Workplace Violence and Harassment Policies and Programs: What Employers Need to Know

This document and the accompanying toolbox have been developed to help Ontario employers meet the Occupational Health and Safety Act's requirements.  The documents outline recommended approaches to assessing the risks of workplace violence, and contain important information on recognizing the signs of domestic violence and protesting workers should it occur in the workplace.
910 KB PDF
Workplace Violence Hazards Inspection Form

Workplace Violence Hazards Inspection Form

A tool to use in assessing violence hazards in the workplace. Employers are encouraged to use, reproduce, or customize this document / template to meet their health and safety requirements.
45 KB pdf

Training

Certification Part One - Service Sector (3 days)

Certification Part One - Service Sector (3 days)

CPO Approved! Certification training for Joint Health & Safety Committee (JHSC) members in the Service Sector.

20 scheduled date(s)
  • Classroom
  • On-site
$495.00

Certification Part Two - Service Sector (2 days)

Certification Part Two - Service Sector (2 days)

CPO Approved! Certification training for Joint Health & Safety Committee (JHSC) members in the Service Sector.

44 scheduled date(s)
  • Classroom
  • On-site
$405.00

Safety, Health and the Law (1 day)

Safety, Health and the Law (1 day)

UPDATED & IMPROVED! Provides participants with working knowledge of the Occupational Health and Safety Act - how to use the Act, the minimum standards it sets out, and the related regulations that govern workplace health and safety in Ontario.

7 scheduled date(s)
  • Classroom
  • On-site
$249.00

Videos

Pictograms - Alternative Methods for Reaching Vulnerable Workers

Pictograms - Alternative Methods for Reaching Vulnerable Workers

This video was created as part of a Research Exchange Series held in February 2012 and describes the collaborative effort  between Workplace Safety and Prevention Services (WSPS) and the Institute for Work and Health (IWH) in the development and evaluation of the use of pictograms and corresponding training for prep kitchen workers across Ontario.

The intervention was targeted to vulnerable workers (those with ESL/low literacy skills) in this service sector. An increase in worker knowledge of musculoskeletal disorders and corresponding pictograms was expected. A decrease in MSD risk practices and discomfort and pain were also anticipated.

The video details the pictogram and training development process and the following pilot study evaluation.

Aug 30, 2012

Research

Young Workers in Ontario: Psychosocial Vulnerabilities and Employment Support Needs

Young Workers in Ontario: Psychosocial Vulnerabilities and Employment Support Needs

Vulnerable groups such as young workers are more likely to be in precarious employment. Precarious employment is defined as work that is part-time, seasonal or temporary. This type of employment impacts the traditional employee-employer relationship and puts young workers at greater risk of not receiving their employment standards entitlements. They may also lack the ability or the resources to understand their rights at work.

Feb 15, 2018