TORONTO — The Ontario Ministry of Labour, Training and Skills Development has announced the launch of worksite inspections focused on personal protective equipment (PPE).
A Feb. 4 release noted the PPE inspections could include high-visibility clothing, skin protection such as gloves, face shields, eye protection and hearing protectors.
The blitz, which runs until March 13, follows four weeks of outreach to the construction sector to educate and assist in safety compliance.
In addition to construction sites, ministry inspectors will also visit roadwork projects.
The blitz is part of the government’s Safe At Work Ontario strategy, aimed at helping employers comply with the Occupational Health and Safety Act and its regulations, the release noted.
“We’re doing this to save lives,” said Minister Monte McNaughton.
“One death on a jobsite is one too many. I want everyone in this province to know we’re doing our best to ensure that their loved ones come home safe after a hard day’s work.”
“Everyone has a role here. Employers have to provide equipment to their workers and workers have to wear it properly.”
The ministry issued 7,483 orders from Jan. 1, 2017 to Dec. 31, 2017 for lack of PPE on projects.
That was the second highest category of Occupational Health and Safety Act violations in construction workplaces for 2017.