Prevention System Updates

2013/14 industrial sector blitz schedule

Release Date:  Jun 17, 2013

Ontario's Ministry of Labour will be conducting inspection blitzes on 13 different hazards, according to a recently released schedule for the 2013/14 fiscal year. Four of these blitzes affect member firms of Workplace Safety & Prevention Services (WSPS):

  • young and new workers — May to August 2013
  • recycling and waste management — November to December 2013
  • construction in active workplaces — January 2014
  • warehousing — February to March 2014.

Find out more about the young and new worker blitz. WSPS will provide additional information on each blitz as the information becomes available.

Don't wait. Be proactive

Inspectors issue hundreds of orders during blitzes, including stop work orders. Complying with orders can diminish productivity and distract workers and management from other priorities.

Get ahead of the game by identifying and addressing prevention issues now. For instance:

  • identify the hazards in your workplace that can cause injury or illness, prioritize by risk posed, and establish a plan for how these hazards will be managed.
  • review your legal requirements so you know what's required to be in compliance. If you find any gaps, fill them.
  • have a well-documented health and safety program visibly in place, and implement hazard-related strategies, tools and training.
  • make employees aware of their rights, and ensure they have the right personal protective equipment, if required, and how to use it.

Compliance is a cornerstone on which you can build a health and safety program and create a workplace culture that aims to grow the life of your business through injury and loss prevention.

Can your workers answer these questions?

Inspectors will likely want to know whether workers have the information they need about health and safety. If your workers can't answers these questions, then consider devising a strategy that will provide them with the required information and training.

  • What are my health and safety responsibilities?
  • What health and safety rules should I know about?
  • What workplace hazards do I need to know about?
  • What dangers are related to my job?
  • Will I receive job safety training? How often? On what topics?
  • What personal protective equipment should I be wearing? When should I wear it? How should I wear it?
  • Will I be trained in emergency procedures (e.g., fire, chemical spill)?
  • Where are fire extinguishers and other emergency equipment located?
  • Who are my safety representatives or joint health and safety committee members?
  • Who should I talk to if I have more questions?
  • What do you expect from me in terms of workplace health and safety?

How WSPS can help

Click on links to sample resources that can help workplaces