Safe at Work Ontario is the Ministry of Labour's
(MOL) strategy for enforcing compliance with the
Occupational Health and Safety Act (the
"Act") by employers across the province.
As stated on the MOL website, "Safe At Work Ontario is designed to:
improve the health and safety culture of workplaces,
reduce workplace injuries and illness,
lessen the burden on the health care system,
avoid costs for employers and the Workplace Safety and
Insurance Board (WSIB), and
provide a level playing field for compliant
Part of this strategy includes launching targeted blitzes in
workplaces across the province. As outlined on the MOL website,
"the ministry identifies and inspects workplaces according to
a variety of factors as listed below:
injury rates and associated costs;
hazards inherent to the work;
size of businesses;
specific events or incidents (e.g., critical injuries or fatal
injuries, or injuries due to violence), and
the presence of new and⁄or vulnerable
On August 22, 2012, the Ministry announced the
implementation of targeted safety blitzes to occur this fall. As
stated in the press release, "the timing and focus of the
blitzes are as follows:
September - October 2012 -- supervision at
October - November 2012 -- machine guarding
hazards and repetitive strain injuries in manufacturing and
October - November 2012 -- Infection
Prevention and Control in health care workplaces.
November - December 2012 --transfer of ore in
The MOL website reminds employers that "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 so as to help prevent workplace
injuries". Please note that in performing these blitzes,
orders and charges under the Act may be used where appropriate to
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