Ministry of Labour Inspection Blitzes

2015/2016 WSPS Sector Blitz Schedule

Focus Date

New and Young Workers

Have you hired summer students or seasonal workers? Or moved staff to unfamiliar positions? Then your workplace may be visited by a Ministry of Labour inspector during the July to September blitz. Inspectors will be looking for adequate training, orientation and supervision; joint health & safety committee / health & safety representative; safety measures and procedures.

 

July 18, 2016 - September 2, 2016

Chemical Handling

Think you do not have to worry about hazardous chemicals in your workplace? Think again. Hazardous chemicals range from exotic new substances used in high tech industries to common materials like chlorine bleach, cleaning agents and solvents found in almost all workplaces. From September 19 to October 31, Ministry of Labour Inspectors will focus on chemical handling to check that employers have taken proper steps to protect workers.

September 19, 2016 - October 31, 2016
   
Recent Blitzes Date

Falls

Falls are hurting Ontario workers. In 2013, a staggering 11,814 lost time injury (LTI) claims resulted from falls – that's 32 LTI claims per day. Falls on the same level occur most frequently, accounting for 70% of the claims.1 According to the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board, falls in Ontario cost more than $73.2 million in 2012 in direct benefit claims costs.2 No wonder then that Ministry of Labour inspectors will visit workplaces, from February to March, to conduct an enforcement blitz on slips, trips and falls.
1 By the Numbers: 2013 WSIB Statistical Report. 2 WSIB Injury Data: Retrieved from EIW Feb 13, 2014. Long-term costs of persistent claims not reflected.

 

May 16, 2016 - July 15, 2016

Safe Operation of Machinery

Employees work with machines, tools and equipment every day. Workplaces couldn't operate without them; however, interacting with them has potential for serious injuries or fatalities if they are not used and maintained properly.

January 18 - February 26, 2016

What is a Ministry of Labour blitz?

Ministry of Labour Blitz

The Ministry of Labour's proactive inspection blitzes focus on sector-specific hazards, and are designed to raise awareness and increase compliance with health and safety legislation. They are part of the province's Safe at Work Ontario compliance strategy. During a blitz inspection, inspectors focus on specific sectors, workplace areas or activities in which the targeted hazards may be present.

The blitzes are announced in advance and results are reported after they are completed. The ministry tracks each sector to determine if the blitzes result in a long-lasting increase in compliance and decrease in injuries.

 

What the law says

In Ontario, workplaces must allow a Ministry of Labour inspector into the workplace. During a blitz campaign, inspectors have been instructed to take a zero-tolerance approach, meaning that if a workplace is found to be non-compliant, the MOL will prosecute in some way.

How MOL blitzes can affect your business

MOL blitzes target hazards that can lead to high-cost injury claims. These claims result from injuries that cause fatalities, long-term disabilities, or by their nature tend to reoccur or become chronic. The high costs are passed along to employers in the form of higher WSIB assessments, insurance premiums, lost time, and lower productivity.

What you can do

  • Be proactive: identify the hazards in your workplace that can cause injury or illness and establish a plan for how these hazards will be managed
  • Get some help from your health and safety association to find out what training you need to ensure compliance before the inspector arrives
  • Perform your own workplace audit
  • Make your employees aware of the hazards
  • Have a well-documented health and safety program visibly in place, and implement hazard-related strategies, tools and training
  • Correct any deficiencies identified by a Ministry of Labour inspector
  • Work collaboratively with the inspector

Consulting Services

General Consulting Services

General 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.

Webinars

Are You Ready for the MOL Machine Guarding Blitz

Are You Ready for the MOL Machine Guarding Blitz

Employees work with machines, tools and equipment every day. Workplaces couldn't operate without them; however, interacting with them has potential for serious injuries or fatalities if they are not used and maintained properly.
View Details 
$0.00

Are You Prepared for the Ministry of Labour's Falls Blitz?

Are You Prepared for the Ministry of Labour's Falls Blitz?

Complimentary 1 hour information session delivered via webinar.
View Details 
$0.00

Articles

12 questions to help you prepare for this fall’s chemical handling blitz

12 questions to help you prepare for this fall’s chemical handling blitz

From September 19 to October 31, Ministry of Labour inspectors will fan out across the province, visiting workplaces to check records, observe, and ask questions about their chemical handling practices.

Jul 29, 2016
12 action items to implement ahead of the May-June falls blitz

12 action items to implement ahead of the May-June falls blitz

Eliminate hazards that could cause workers to slip, trip or fall - before a month-long Ministry of Labour inspection blitz begins on May 16. With assistance from WSPS consultant Shannon Boston, we've assembled a list of 12 possible action items to help you prepare for the blitz, entrench safe practices, and keep your employees healthy and safe.

Apr 04, 2016
2 high hazard conveyor priorities - just in time for the machinery safety blitz

2 high hazard conveyor priorities - just in time for the machinery safety blitz

Ministry of Labour inspectors will be on high alert for conveyor belt violations during the safe operation of machinery blitz running from January 18 to February 26. Here's a tip for any workplace with a conveyor: most injuries occur during cleaning and maintenance. In fact, two Ontario firms were recently fined $60,000 each after workers were injured while cleaning conveyor belts.

Jan 12, 2016
Material handling blitz #1: inspectors' MSD prevention priorities

Material handling blitz #1: inspectors' MSD prevention priorities

During the Ministry of Labour's material handling blitz, running from September 14 to October 23, inspectors are asking employers about manual handling procedures, related worker training, and workplace supervision. "These are fundamental parts of a musculoskeletal disorder (MSD) prevention program," says WSPS ergonomist Sandra Patterson.

Sep 04, 2015
Material handling blitz #2: 6 steps to implement a traffic management plan

Material handling blitz #2: 6 steps to implement a traffic management plan

Traffic management plans are a priority for Ministry of Labour inspectors visiting workplaces during the current material handling blitz, which runs from September 14 to October 23. These plans are also good for business: they help eliminate or control the risk of collisions, allowing you to move goods within your facility safely and efficiently. "It's all part of a managed health and safety system," says WSPS technical consultant Chuck Leon.

Sep 04, 2015
September material handling blitz: conduct your own inspection now

September material handling blitz: conduct your own inspection now

On September 14, the Ministry of Labour will begin a 6-week material handling inspection blitz. Get ahead of the ministry by conducting your own blitz now, advises WSPS consultant Sandy Ash. "Turn this into an opportunity by proactively identifying gaps in your prevention program and implementing an action plan. It's all very positive if it's an impetus for improvement."

Aug 06, 2015
Slips, trips and falls: 7 steps to prevent them and prepare for the February blitz

Slips, trips and falls: 7 steps to prevent them and prepare for the February blitz

Next month's slip, trip and fall inspection blitz is the second in two years. "There's no question the ministry is taking this hazard very seriously," says WSPS consultant Kevin Smith. "And for good reason: slips, trips and falls consistently rank among the top four causes of workplace injuries."

Jan 12, 2015
Keeping young and new restaurant workers safe

Keeping young and new restaurant workers safe

Restaurants aim to provide service that looks effortlessly efficient, but work at the front and back of house is intense, repetitive and full of hazards. That's why the Ministry of Labour's annual young and new worker blitz -taking place now - always focuses on restaurants and food services.

Jul 04, 2014