Tuesday, May 01, 2018

NEW ROUND OF WORKPLACE INSPECTION BLITZES April 1, 2018 to March 31, 2019




The Ontario Ministry of Labour regularly conducts workplace inspection blitzes. Each year the Ministry announces the focus of its blitzes and initiatives and posts the schedules online. However, individual workplaces do not receive advance notice of an inspection. The purpose of Ministry inspections is to ensure compliance with employments standards and health and safety.

Employment Standards

Industries with a history of violations or workplaces with vulnerable workers such as young or foreign workers are the usual targets of safety blitzes. The focus is usually on standards regarding:
·         minimum wage
·         hours of work
·         overtime pay
·         public holidays
·         paid vacation

During the previous employment standards inspection blitz, the Ministry conducted 1,654 field visits and visited 1,442 workplaces. The ministry issued 5,516 orders and requirements under the Occupational Health and Safety Act and its regulations, including 206 stop work orders. The Ministry has the power to issue compliance orders and fines.

Employment Standards

The next round of workplace employment standards inspection blitzes include the following:

Business Type
Ontario Location
Dates
Construction
Ontario
May 1 to Aug 31, 2018
Smaller/independent retailers
Central East
Sep 1 to Dec 31, 2018
Retail trade (non-restaurant or grocery stores)
Central West
Oct 1 to Jan, 2019
Small retail/grocers
Eastern
Jun 1 to Sep 28, 2018
Hotel/motel accommodations
Northern
Aug 1 to Oct 31, 2018
Golf courses
Western
Jun 1 to Sep 30, 2018

Health and Safety

Ontario businesses can expect the following health and safety blitzes:

Blitz Focus
Ontario Location
Dates
Working at heights – fall protection training
Ontario
Phase 1:  May 1 to May 31, 2018
Phase 2: Jun 1 to Jun 30, 2018
Reversing Equipment on construction projects
Ontario
Phase 1:  Sep 1 to Sep 30, 2018
Phase 2: Oct 1 to Oct 31, 2018
Industrial – new and young workers
Ontario
May 1 to Aug 31, 2018
Industrial – machine guarding
Ontario
Feb 1 to Mar 29, 2019
“Big Box” retailers
Ontario
Oct 1 to Nov 23, 2018
Construction – internal responsibility system
Ontario
Jun 1, 2018 to Mar 31, 2019
Industrial – internal responsibility system – newly registered small businesses
Ontario
Apr 1, 2018 to Mar 31, 2019
Health Care – internal responsibility system – workplace violence prevention
Ontario
Phase 1: Apr 1, 2018 to Mar 31, 2019
Phase 2: Jul 1, 2018 to Mar 31, 2019
Health Care – high hazards
Ontario
Apr 1 to June 30, 2018
Chemical manufacturing, chemical handling
Ontario
Apr 1, 2018 to Mar 31, 2019
WHMIS
Ontario
Apr 1, 2018 to Mar 31, 2019
Ergonomics related to falls (ladders, stairs, access platforms)
Ontario
Apr 1, 2018 to Mar 31, 2019
Musculoskeletal disorder prevention in metal fabrication
Ontario
Apr 1, 2018 to Mar 31, 2019
Municipalities
Ontario
Phase 1: Apr 1, 2018 to Mar 31, 2019
Phase 2: Apr 1, 2019 to Mar 31, 2020
Industrial & construction workplaces that use temporary help agencies
Central East
Apr 1, 2018 to Mar 31, 2019
Road construction projects
Central West
May 1 to 31, 2018
Temporary labour agencies
Central West
Jun 1, 2018 to Mar 31, 2019
Chainsaw operation and maintenance
Eastern
Apr 1, 2018 to Mar 31, 2019
Quarry blasting operations
Eastern
May 1, 2018 to Mar 31, 2019
Utility work
Eastern
May 1 to August 31, 2018
Sawmills, etc.
Northern
May 1, 2018 to Mar 31, 2019
Golf courses
Western
Apr 1, 2018 to Mar 31, 2019
Temporary and foreign workers
Western
Apr 1, 2018 to Mar 31, 2019
Hotels
Western
Phase 1: Apr 1, 2018 to Mar 31, 2019
Phase 2: Apr 1, 2019 to Mar 31, 2020


For more information and to determine whether your business or industry will be subject to workplace inspection blitzes or initiatives go to the Ministry’s website.

The employment lawyers at Dale & Lessmann LLP would be pleased to speak to you regarding your company’s statutory compliance requirements as well as any other employment and business related issues.
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Christina J. Wallis is a Partner lawyer practising civil litigation with a focus in Employment Law at Dale & Lessmann LLP Toronto, Ontario, Canada, a full service business law firm. To speak to Christina please call 416-369-7832 or send an email message to her at cwallis@dalelessmann.com.

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