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

Ontario Workplace Inspection Blitzes

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.