Prevention System Updates

MOL announces 2014/15 inspection blitz schedule. Could your workplace be targeted?

Release Date:  Apr 09, 2014

The Ministry of Labour (MOL) has announced an ambitious and wide-ranging series of inspection blitzes and initiatives that spotlight key hazards and industry sectors. The campaign is intended to raise awareness of priority hazards and promote compliance with the Occupational Health and Safety Act and regulations.

Inspectors will focus their attention on workplaces where workers are at greatest risk of injury. Here's what the ministry considers when identifying workplaces to visit:

  • number and severity of injuries and associated costs
  • compliance history
  • hazards inherent to the work
  • new businesses
  • size of businesses
  • specific events or incidents (e.g., critical injuries or fatal injuries, or injuries due to violence)
  • the presence of young, new or otherwise vulnerable workers.

Even if your workplace doesn't fit any of these criteria, use the blitz schedule to set priorities for your own workplace.

Appearing below is a list of inspections affecting Ontario's manufacturing and services sectors. For related WSPS resources, including free downloads, consulting services, public, online and self-study training courses, check WSPS's comprehensive selection of resources organized by topic.

Watch for more on specific blitzes in upcoming issues of WSPS Network News.

Provincial blitzes

H&S Priority Date

New and young workers

May - August 2014
Material handling Sept. 15 - Oct. 26, 2014
Machine guarding Nov. 3 - Dec. 14, 2014
Slips, trips and falls Feb. 2 - March 15, 2015

Throughout 2014/15, inspectors will also focus on these province-wide priorities:

  • Internal Responsibility System in new small businesses
  • compliance with the Globally Harmonized System (GHS)
  • workplaces with
    • dermatitis hazards
    • musculoskeletal disorders
    • vehicle-pedestrian interaction
    • manual transfer of mobile industrial waste containers
    • manual keg handling
    • temporary workers
    • young or vulnerable x-ray workers who may be exposed to radiation

Regional initiatives

As indicated below, inspectors have been assigned additional regional priorities.

Central West: includes Simcoe, Peel, Dufferin and York

Focus Date

Amusement devices

July - Sept. 2014
Tower cranes, man and material hoists, concrete pumps Oct. 2014

Central East: includes Toronto and Durham

Focus Date

Food distribution centres

Spring 2014
Industrial plazas Spring, Fall 2014
Man-material hoists Fall 2014

Eastern: includes Ottawa, Kingston, Peterborough

Focus Date
Automotive shops not inspected in last 2 years April 2014 - March 2015
New small businesses, not previously registered April 2014 - March 2015
Wood / Metal fabrication shops April 2014 - March 2015
Wineries / Micro-breweries Sept. - Nov. 2014

Northern: includes Thunder Bay, North Bay, Timmins, Sudbury, Sault Ste. Marie

Focus Date
Remote access tourism, recreation and hospitality workplaces June 23 - Sept. 9, 2014

Western: includes Hamilton, Kitchener/Waterloo, Wellington/Cambridge, London

Focus Date
Field-to-Bottle (wineries) April 2014 - March 2015
Small manufacturers April 2014 - March 2015

Not sure how your operation would fare in an inspection blitz? A WSPS consultant can help you assess your operation's hazards and controls.