Ontario employers should prepare for the Ontario Ministry of
Labour's targeted safety blitzes for the Fall of 2012, which
were recently announced.
From September to December, MOL safety blitzes will focus
September and October 2012: supervision at construction
October and November 2012: machine guarding hazards
and repetitive strain injuries in manufacturing and industrial
October and November 2012: Infection Prevention and
Control in health care workplaces
November and December 2012: transfer of ore in
The Ministry says that during blitzes, "inspectors will
check on 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."
The Ministry of Labour's press releases on the blitzes may
be accessed here.
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Unfortunately, reasonable accommodation for employees in the workplace continues to be the source of significant litigation and even today we continue to see outrageous examples of employers behaving badly.
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