Is your workplace engaged in residential care for individuals who require support, specifically those with developmental disabilities, mental health disabilities or substance abuse problems? Does your workplace include intensive supported residences, supported group living residences or provide support to clients and individuals in residential settings?
The health and safety of workers in Ontario’s group home settings continues to be a priority for the Ministry of Labour, Immigration, Training and Skills Development (MLITSD) and its system partners. As a result, an upcoming MLTSD inspection initiative is planned within Ontario’s group home sector.
From January to March 2020, the MLTSD inspection initiative will strengthen protection for healthcare workers, including personal support workers and developmental services workers who provide care for some of the most vulnerable people in our communities. The initiative consists of two phases. Phase 1 focuses on compliance assistance by providing resources and education to raise awareness and help your workplace comply with health and safety regulations. Phase 2 consists of the inspections blitz where inspectors will be visiting workplaces to assess compliance from February 3 to March 13, 2020.
Inspectors will focus on the following key priorities when visiting workplaces:
- The internal responsibility system (IRS), including engaging senior leadership to strengthen leadership accountability and compliance with their duties under the Occupational Health and Safety Act
- Workplace violence prevention
- Musculoskeletal disorders
- Exposures and infection prevention and control
Below is a selection of resources from PSHSA and Ontario’s Health & Safety System to support your workplace as you prepare for this initiative.