McGuinty Government hires new inspectors to reduce workplace injuries

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McGuinty Government hires new inspectors to reduce workplace injuries

Delivering On Plan To Protect Workers, Make Workplaces Safer TORONTO, Dec. 14 - As part of its plan to prevent 60,000 workplace injuries per year by 2008, the McGuinty Government today began training 100 new occupational health and safety inspectors, Labour Minister Chris Bentley announced. "This is an important day for health and safety in Ontario," said Bentley. "We plan to cut workplace injuries by 20 per cent in four years. It will mean less pain and suffering for people. Additionally, it will reduce the burden on the health care system, result in savings for the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board and level the playing field for companies that operate safely." On July 8, 2004, the government announced it would hire 200 more enforcement staff under a major health and safety initiative. Today, Bentley welcomed 100 new inspectors to their first training session. Over the next three months, the inspectors will receive classroom and hands-on instruction and they will begin work across Ontario in April. An additional 100 health and safety enforcement staff will be hired over the next year to complete the government's recruitment drive. The new inspectors will: - Allow the ministry to initially target 6,000 workplaces with the highest lost-time injury rates - Visit these sites four times a year - Focus on workplace hazards to help firms reduce on-the-job injuries. "Increased enforcement will promote safer workplaces and make Ontario the place to be for years to come," said Bentley. Health and Safety Inspector Recruitment Information January 11, 2005 Currently plans are being developed for the next round of recruitment of inspectors. A special application process is being developed for this job opportunity, but this process has not been finalized. Please do not send us your application or your resume at this time. Once the application process is finalized, this message will be updated to provide you with the information you need to apply. This information will be available on the Ministry of Labour website (http://www.gov.on.ca/lab/english/about/jobs/index.html) or by calling the toll free Information Line for Inspector Recruitment at 1-866-627-7991. Check the website or the Information Line number periodically to keep informed about this upcoming job. If you had applied to the 2004 Inspector job ad and would like to know the status of your application, you can reach us at our toll free number 1-888-429-3475. Once again, thank you for your interest in promoting the health and safety of all Ontarians and in this job opportunity. See also: - Event Photos: http://www.gov.on.ca/lab/english/news/2004/04-132_photo.html Disponible en franais: www.gov.on.ca/lab/For further information: Peter Fitzpatrick, Minister's Office, (416) 326-7710; Belinda Sutton, Ministry of Labour, (416) 326-7405