Ministry of Labour Upcoming Blitz Notice

Healthy workers in healthy workplaces – musculoskeletal disorders and respiratory hazards

What inspectors will focus on in:
Health care

Phase 1: Education, outreach and awareness
September 1 – December 27, 2019 – Compliance support with all health and safety associations

Phase 2: Inspection blitz
October 1 – December 27, 2019
Focused inspections

Tips on how to prepare for an MOL blitz/initiative inspection

Before the inspector’s visit

  • Check your accident experience in relation to the blitz/initiative topic.
  • Review OHSA sections and regulations that may apply based on the blitz’s/initiative’s focus.
  • Determine whether you are currently meeting or exceeding the minimum legal requirements in those areas.
  • Consult with MOL Health and Safety Partners for specific information and services that may help you prepare.
  • Review the ministry’s blitz-related material.
  • Discuss compliance strategies with your Joint Health and Safety Committee (JHSC) or Health and Safety Representative (HSR).

During the visit

  • Ensure all required documentation is available to the ministry inspector.
  • Ensure supervisor and worker health and safety representative are available.
  • Ensure the workplace parties co-operate with the ministry inspector.

The inspector will focus on:

  • compliance with the OHSA and its regulations.
  • health and safety programs and policies related to the blitz topic, if applicable.
  • Internal Responsibility System (IRS) training requirements and any deficiencies.
  • record of injuries, including blitz/initiative related issues/hazards.
  • workplace specific hazards related to the blitz/initiative.

Note: Inspectors can legally enter a project or workplace at any time without warrant or prior notice (OHSA section 54(1)(a)). An inspector will identify himself/herself by means of ministry identification. No person shall hinder, obstruct, molest or interfere with or attempt to hinder, obstruct, molest or interfere with an inspector in the exercise of a power or the performance of a duty under this act or the regulations or in the execution of a warrant issued under this act or the Provincial Offences Act with respect to a matter under this act or the regulations.