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Provincial Health and Safety Compliance Initiatives 2022-2023

What are Provincial Health and Safety Compliance Initiatives?

 

Generally, each year, Ontario’s Ministry of Labour, Training and Skills Development (MLTSD) schedules compliance initiatives in specific sectors focused on specific hazards or topics. View the full 2022-23 Provincial Health and Safety Compliance Initiative Schedule.

 

The purpose of the compliance initiatives is to protect workers' rights under both the Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA) and the Employment Standards Act (ESA) and enhance employers' awareness of their responsibilities. To support health and safety in the workplace, occupational health and safety inspectors carry out their initiatives to raise awareness of hazards and increase compliance with the OHSA and its regulations.

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Provincial Health and Safety Compliance Initiatives generally consist of two phases.

 

Phase 1: In partnership with Ontario’s health and safety associations, the MLTSD focuses on education, outreach, and awareness with the goal to equip workplace parties with knowledge and tools to comply with health and safety requirements and help workplaces prepare.

 

Phase 2: The MLTSD conducts a focused inspection blitz where occupational health and safety inspectors conduct field visits to check that employers are complying with the OHSA and its regulations, and to raise awareness about specific issues at the workplaces they are visiting. Individual workplaces that will be inspected are not notified in advance.

How Can Your Workplace Prepare?

 

  • Do you due diligence by reviewing the Provincial Health and Safety Compliance Initiative Schedule and information below as well as the OHSA requirements in collaboration with your organization’s management and supervisory teams and Joint Health and Safety Committee or Health and Safety Representatives to confirm compliance.
  • Create an action plan to address any compliance gaps identified – assign responsibilities and timelines.
  • Update policies, procedures and safe operating procedures as required.
  • Communicate and provide training or review on policies, procedures and roles and responsibilities to workplace parties.

 

See below for further details on the provincial health and safety compliance initiatives impacting our public sectors, including timelines and quick resource links. Continue to check back regularly for additional information, webinar announcements and resources, and connect with your PSHSA Health and Safety Consultant for support or assistance at any time.

All Sectors

 

April 1 - June 30, 2022

 
High-Risk Traumatic Hazards – struck-bys, motor vehicle and mobile equipment hazards

 

Phase 1: April 1 - June 30, 2022

Phase 2: May 1 - June 26, 2022

 

Inspectors will be visiting workplaces to help increase awareness of hazards related to driving and working around mobile equipment and to check for compliance with Ontario’s OHSA and its regulations. This initiative may focus on the safe operation and maintenance of vehicles and the policies, practices and controls to protect the safety of pedestrians and those working around vehicles and mobile equipment.

 

Workplaces may include those that have workers driving vehicles on roads as part of their job, own motor vehicles as part of their operation, have workers who work alongside moving vehicles or mobile equipment, have warehouses or loading dock areas and/or workplaces where employees are working closely around or operating moving vehicles or equipment.

 

Resources:

 

October 3 - December 28, 2022

 

Healthy Workers in a Healthy Workplace – occupational disease

 

Phase 1: October 3 - December 20, 2022

Phase 2: October 31 - December 28, 2022

 

The focus of the initiative will be on the awareness and prevention of occupational disease.

 

Inspectors will focus on activities and work processes and appropriate controls that should be in place to reduce workers’ exposure to agents that may result in occupational dermatitis (healthcare) or are related to silica exposure (industrial).

 

Resources:

 

Healthcare Sector

 

June 1, 2022 - March 31, 2023

 

Safe Transition/Transfer of Care

 

Phase 1: June 1, 2022 - March 31, 2023

Phase 2: September 1 - October 2022 and January 4 - March 31, 2023

 

Inspectors will focus on workplace violence prevention to raise awareness about occupational health and safety concerns including the provision of information and communicating the risk of workplace violence to workers during transition and transfer of care across the healthcare systems – both between healthcare settings (e.g., from long-term care to acute care) and within a healthcare setting (e.g., from one program to another within a hospital). In support and alignment of an integrated healthcare system, the inspectors may also check the transfer of information to prevent workplace injuries from others hazards such as infectious diseases and musculoskeletal disorders.

 

Resources:

 

Industrial Sector

 

May 2 - August 31, 2022

 

Temporary Help Agencies

 

Phase 1: May 2 - August 31, 2022

Phase 2: June 29 - August 31, 2022

 

Temporary help agencies and the placement employer have a joint responsibility for the protection of workers’ health and safety. Workplaces should ensure they are providing temporary workers with information, instruction and supervision specific to their work placements.

 

Focus may include administrative documentation and review, the identification and assignment of and training on OHS roles and responsibilities, worker training and orientation, policies and procedures on workplace violence and harassment, movement and transportation of workers, PPE and workplace incident and illness reporting.

 

Resources:

 

April 1, 2022 - March 31, 2023

 

Workplace Violence in Education

 

Phase 1: April 1, 2022 - March 31, 2023

Phase 2: February 1 - March 31, 2023

 

Violent incidents occurring in elementary and secondary school affect teachers, educational assistants and other workers. Inspections may focus on the provision of information to keep workers safe, including occasional workers.

 

Organizations are encouraged to review policies and processes related to:

  • The use of and training on PPE 
  • Means of summoning immediate assistance
  • Measures and procedures for preventing workplace violence during transitions, e.g., moving between classrooms, returning after prolonged absences, non-routine activities (fire drills, lockdowns, assemblies, field trips)
  • Measures and procedures to identify when a re-assessment of risk is required

 

Resources:

 

May 1 - Sept 30, 2022

 

Material Handling Strategy

 

Phase 1: May 1 - September 30, 2022

Phase 2: May 1 - September 30, 2022

 

The purpose of this initiative is to raise awareness of material handling hazards faced by workers in industrial establishments. Inspectors will focus on potential hazards for workers who handle materials and material handling equipment to confirm that employers are taking appropriate action to assess and address these hazards as required by the OHSA and applicable regulations.

 

Organizations are encouraged to consider material handling hazards, prevention activities, policies and processes related to lifting devices and mobile equipment, workplace layout and design, manual material handling, storage systems, machine guarding, blocking, lockout and vehicle maintenance areas, truck repair hazards, woodchippers, administrative review, internal responsibility system and health and safety awareness and training.

 

Resources:

 

Specialized Professional Services

 

April 1, 2022 - March 31, 2023

 

Warehousing (ergonomics)

 

Phase 1: April 1, 2022 - March 31, 2023

Phase 2: July 4, 2022 - March 31, 2023

 

Resources:

 

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