2022 workplace inspection blitz aims to reduce occupational disease
The Ontario Ministry of Labour, Immigration, Training and Skills Development (MLITSD) will conduct an all-sector compliance initiative focused on “Healthy workers in healthy workplaces – occupational disease” from Oct. 3 to Dec. 30, 2022.
The provincial workplace compliance initiative aims to:
- raise employers’ awareness of hazards in the workplace
- increase compliance with the Occupational Health and Safety Act and its regulations.
The “Healthy workers in healthy workplaces – occupational disease” focus has two phases:
Phase 1: Education, Outreach and Awareness – October 3, 2022 to December 30, 2022
Phase 2: Inspection Blitz – October 31, 2022 to December 30, 2022
During the Phase 2 inspection blitz ministry inspectors will conduct field visits to check that employers are complying with the Occupational Health and Safety Act and its regulations, and to raise awareness about specific issues at the workplaces they are visiting. Individual workplaces are not notified in advance of an inspection.
Chemical products that cause occupational disease pose an immediate, gradual or long-term risk of disease. They can cause cancer, asthma, contact dermatitis, or reproductive and genetic issues.
Employers are required to take “all reasonable precautions” to protect workers, including:
- Identifying hazardous products in the workplace
- Keeping safety data sheets up to date and providing workers with access to them
- Educating and training workers on the hazards and safe use of chemical products
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