TORONTO — To ensure employers are meeting health, safety and employment standards at workplaces across Ontario, the Ministry of Labour (MOL) is conducting more than two dozen inspection blitzes between 2018 and 2019.
Employment standards officers will check for violations in the construction sector, states a release issued by the MOL, adding the goal is to ensure workers are receiving their entitlements and employers are aware of, and complying with, their responsibilities.
Inspectors will look for occupational health and safety violations involving issues such as working at heights, hazardous materials, machine guarding, conveyors, mobile equipment, violence, ergonomics and falls.
The goal will be to raise awareness that safety is everyone’s responsibility as well as prevent workplace injuries, illnesses and deaths, the release indicates.
Enforcement staff will visit workplaces such as warehouses, “big box” retail, grocery stores, chemical manufacturing plants, pulp and paper mills, hotels, golf courses, health care organizations, mines and construction projects. Sectors with new and young workers, temporary help, vulnerable workers and a history of low compliance will be targeted.
“Every worker has the right to return home safe and sound at the end of each work day and to receive their employment standards entitlements,” said Minister of Labour Kevin Flynn in a statement.
“We want to raise awareness of hazards and other violations at workplaces across the province to ensure employers are complying with Ontario laws and that workers are protected.”