Winter Safety Blitzes Target Workplace Hazards

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Winter Safety Blitzes Target Workplace Hazards

McGuinty Government Committed to Preventing Worker Injuries

Ministry of Labour

Ontario will conduct three heightened enforcement blitzes at workplaces across the province this winter.

Inspectors from the Ministry of Labour will visit:

  • Underground mines to check on diesel emissions and other hazards that could affect air quality in January and February
  • Industrial and construction workplaces to check for slips, trips and falls hazards in February and March
  • Health care workplaces to check on workplace violence and harassment in February and March

The blitzes will:

  • Raise awareness of health and safety in the workplace
  • Prevent injuries and illnesses that could arise from unsafe work practices
  • Check that workplaces are complying with the law

During blitzes, inspectors will check on the condition and maintenance of safety equipment, worker training, the use of safety equipment and other potential health and safety hazards to help prevent workplace injuries.

Protecting workers on the job is part of the McGuinty government's continued commitment to preventing workplace injuries through its Safe At Work Ontario strategy, while creating jobs.

Quick Facts

  • The blitzes are part of Ontario’s enforcement strategy to increase compliance with the Occupational Health and Safety Act and its regulations.
  • This past fall blitzes also targeted supervision at construction sites, machine guarding hazards at industrial workplaces, infection prevention and control at health care workplaces and ore transfer in underground mines.
  • Since 2008, ministry inspectors have conducted more than 345,000 field visits, 47 inspection blitzes and issued more than 560,000 compliance orders in Ontario workplaces.

Quotes

“One of our government’s key priorities is to protect the health and safety of workers at workplaces across the province. We want every worker to return home safe and sound at the end of each work day.”

Linda Jeffrey

Minister of Labour

“We’re taking action to prevent injuries and deaths at Ontario workplaces. These blitzes will promote health and safety and raise awareness of the some of the hazards that can lead to tragedy.”

George Gritziotis

Chief Prevention Officer

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