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Ontario Compliance Alert: MOL Unveils Its 2019 OHS Inspection Targets

Memo to Ontario Employers:

Every April 1, the start of its new fiscal year, the Ministry of Labour kicks off a new round of targeted OHS inspections. Last week, the MOL finally revealed its slate of targets of so-called Provincial Initiatives for 2019. Unlike Blitzes, Provincial Initiatives unfold in 2 phases:

  • Phase 1: MOL assistance and outreach with safety associations representing the target sector; and
  • Phase 2: Focused inspections to verify compliance with applicable OHS requirements.

Here’s the 2019 schedule by dates, target sector and issues inspectors will focus on:

Ontario MOL’s 2019 Provincial Initiatives OHS Inspection Schedule

Focus Target Sector(s) Dates
High risk traumatic hazards—slips, trips and falls All April 15 – July 12, 2019
Healthy workers in healthy workplaces – musculoskeletal disorders and respiratory hazards All Oct. 1 – Dec. 27, 2019
Suspended access equipment Construction Aug. 6 – Sept. 27, 2019
PPE Construction Feb. 3 – March 13, 2020
Workplace violence prevention Health Care Aug. 19 – Sept. 27, 2019
Group homes Health Care Feb. 3 – March 13, 2020
New and young workers Industrial July 15 – Aug. 30, 2019
Machine guarding Industrial Feb. 17 – March 31, 2020
Ground control Mining Aug. 6 – Sept. 27, 2019
Emergency preparedness self-audit Mining Feb. 3 – March 27, 2020
Municipalities (ergonomics) Cross-sector April 1, 2019 – March 31, 2020

 

The MOL hasn’t yet announced the 2019 Blitz schedule. We’ll let you know when it does.