Safe at Work Ontario 2015/2016

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Safe At Work Ontario 2015/16
Ministry of Labour
Ministry of Labour
Disclaimer
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This presentation has been prepared to assist the workplace parties in understanding
their obligations under the Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA) and the
regulations. This document does not constitute legal advice. To determine your
rights and responsibilities under OHSA, please contact your legal counsel or refer to
the legislation
Ministry of Labour
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Ministry of Labour (MOL) Overview
Mission: To advance safe, healthy, fair and harmonious workplace practices that
are essential to the social and economic well-being of the people of Ontario
The Ministry and its agencies are responsible for administering a variety of labour/workplacerelated legislation through 3 core programs:
• Occupational Health and Safety
• Employment Rights & Responsibilities
• Labour Relations
MOL administers and delivers programs through 36 offices across five regions: Central East,
Central West, East, West and North regions
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Occupational Health and Safety System Partners:
Workplace Safety and Insurance Board and Health and Safety Associations
Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB) – provides no-fault collective liability
insurance and access to industry-specific health and safety information for employers and
provides loss of earnings benefits and health care coverage for workers.
Health and Safety Associations (HSAs) – six HSAs have responsibility for training, consulting
and clinical services for workers and employers
• HSAs all play an important role in supporting the OHS system by sharing information and
best practices, and by providing programs and services to workers and workplaces
HSA
Description
Infrastructure Health and Safety
Association (IHSA)
Provides OHS prevention training, consulting and advisory services to the construction, electrical,
utilities, aggregates, natural gas, ready mix concrete, and transportation sectors
Public Services Health and Safety
Association (PSHSA)
Provides OHS prevention training, consulting and auditing services to the public service sector including
health and community care, education and culture, municipal and provincial government, public safety,
and First Nations communities
Workplace Safety North (WSN)
Provides OHS prevention training, consulting and auditing services to forestry, mining, smelters
refineries, paper, printing, and converting sectors
Workplace Safety and Prevention
Services (WSPS)
Provides OHS prevention training, consulting and auditing services to the agricultural, industrial,
manufacturing and service sectors
Occupational Health Clinics for
Ontario Workers (OHCOW)
Provides OHS diagnostic and clinical services to workers concerned with work-related health conditions
and to workers, unions and employers requiring support to prevent health conditions from developing
Workers Health and Safety Centre
(WHSC)
Provides training for workers, Joint Health and Safety Committee members, supervisors and employers
in every sector and region of the province
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Enforcing the OHSA
Ministry of Labour inspectors visit workplaces to:
• Conduct reactive & proactive inspections to ensure employers
are complying with the OHSA
• Conduct reactive inspections due to workplace injury, fatality or
work refusal
• Ensure workplace parties are maintaining an effective Internal
Responsibility System (IRS).
• In addition, the Ministry of Labour employs a team of specialists
who may accompany an inspector during a workplace inspection
or investigation to provide additional expertise, including
Engineers, hygienists, Doctors, Ergonomists; and Radiation
experts.
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Typical OHS Inspection
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Every workplace inspection will be different in nature due to varying workplace
sizes, types and operational requirements.
In most instances, an occupational health and safety (OHS) Inspector will:
Review
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The structure and operation of the Joint
Health & Safety Committee (JHSC) (if
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 A violence risk assessment has been
done
applicable)
 The OHS Act is posted
The OHS Policy and ensure that it is
 The JHSC members’ names and work
posted and reviewed annually
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Ensure
Workplace Violence and Harassment
locations are posted
 Workplace inspections
Policies – are they posted and has
information and instruction been
provided on the policies and programs
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Safe At Work Ontario: Objectives
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Safe At Work Ontario uses information from a variety of sources to analyze and
determine where the hazards are occurring to drive proactive inspections and to
better align with prevention measures.
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Information and data sources for analysis include:
• The WSIB
• Field intelligence
• Stakeholder feedback
• Internal data systems
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This information and data are used to:
• Identify workplaces that have not previously been visited by the Ministry.
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Improve compliance through education and enforcement.
Transparency in regulatory direction and continuous improvement obtained through
annual stakeholder engagement and consultation.
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OHS System Priorities – 2015 / 2016
• For 2015/2016, the OHS System Priorities are:
1. Vulnerable workers
2. Small business
3. Highest hazards
• OHS System Priorities cross all programs and influence the focus of all
inspections.
• Health and Safety Associations (HSAs) & MOL’s Prevention Office support
MOL enforcement activities and provide information to workers and
employers.
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Safe At Work Ontario 2015/2016
For 2015/2016, Safe At Work Ontario field visits will
support:
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blitzes,
provincial initiatives and
regional initiatives
The Ministry will be conducting provincial blitzes and
provincial initiatives.
Regions will be conducting regional initiatives based on their
local intelligence and remaining proactive capacity.
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Initiatives and Blitzes
2015 / 2016
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Construction Enforcement Initiatives
Initiative #1
Supervisory awareness of OHS and regulatory duties
Initiative #2
Worker safety on sloped roofs - after hours MOL inspections with a focus on
the underground economy (UE)
Initiative #3
Worker material handling practices and ergonomic risks and controls
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Construction Inspection Blitzes
Blitz Topic #1: Struck By Hazards
Construction inspectors will be visiting construction projects to ensure that worker
safety is protected against the dangers of working around vehicles and large pieces
of mobile equipment at construction sites, including road work projects.
This blitz will run from April 1, 2015 to May 30, 2015.
Blitz Topic #2: Trenching
Construction inspectors will be visiting construction projects to ensure that worker
safety is protected against trenching or excavation cave-in. Most cave-ins occur on
small, short-duration jobs like water, gas, electrical and sewer connections.
This blitz will run from July 1, 2015 to August 31, 2015.
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Construction Inspection Blitzes
Blitz Topic #3: Heavy Equipment Operation
Construction inspectors will be visiting construction projects to ensure that heavy
equipment is maintained and operated by competent workers in a safe manner.
This blitz will run from October 1, 2015 to November 31, 2015.
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Industrial Enforcement Focus
Assist the most vulnerable workers
For 2015/2016, inspectors will focus on temporary foreign workers (TFW).
Support occupational health and safety improvements in small
businesses
For 2015/2016, inspectors will conduct a Small Business IRS initiative.
Address the highest hazards that result in occupational injuries,
illnesses or fatalities
For 2015/2016, inspectors will have highest hazard incorporated into blitzes.
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Proposed Industrial Enforcement Initiatives
Initiative #1: New Small Business Registrations and IRS Initiative (2015-2016)
The initiative will focus on a review of the IRS/administrative requirements of the
OHSA and a physical inspection of the entire workplace.
Expected outcomes:
• increase small business awareness of the workplace parties’
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roles and responsibilities under OHSA and its regulations,
promote awareness and compliance with the mandatory
occupational health and safety training for workers and
supervisors (O. Reg. 297/13),
promote understanding of the new definition of “worker” in the
OHSA, and
support vulnerable workers by making them aware of their rights
under the OHSA and the resources available to help them.
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Proposed Industrial Enforcement Initiatives
Initiative #2: Education
The initiative will focus on the hazards in laboratories and technological classes in
secondary schools (in response to the Eric Leighton inquest) and an IRS audit of
colleges, libraries, museums and universities (to promote the use the MOL self audit
tool).
This proposed initiative will run between November 16, 2015 and December 18, 2015.
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Proposed Industrial Inspection Blitzes
Blitz Topic #1: New and Young Workers
There are two focus groups in this blitz. The first group is the new young worker 15-24
and the second group is the new older worker, older than 25 that has been on the
job for less than 6 months or reassigned to a new job.
Inspectors will be visiting industrial sector workplaces across Ontario (focus on
vulnerable workers and temporary foreign workers).
This proposed blitz will run from May 1, 2015 to August 31, 2015.
Blitz Topic #2: Material Handling
• Inspectors will conduct an enforcement focus on lifting devices and manual material
handling (MSD- to support MSD month in October).
• This proposed blitz will run from September 14, 2015 to October 23, 2015.
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Proposed Industrial Inspection Blitzes
Blitz Topic #3: Safe Operation of Machinery
Inspectors will focus on hazards associated with the operation of machines and
address machine guarding and electrical hazards.
This proposed blitz will run from January 18, 2016 to February 26, 2016.
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Occupational Hygiene
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Canada’s Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS)
will be replaced by the Global Harmonization System (GHS) by June
2015.
Proactive workplace visits to increase employer awareness of the GHS
Participate in blitzes and regional initiatives under the Safe At Work
Ontario enforcement strategy
Provide professional and technical support to inspectors; including
conducting air quality surveys
SPS will continue to support policy branch in regulation amendments
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Radiation Protection
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Conduct joint visits with health and safety program inspectors and specialists
Focus on dental X-ray source installations and conversions to digital imaging
systems in veterinary facilities
Investigate the highest personal X-ray exposures at workplaces supplied by the
national dose registry database which is the repository for occupational x-ray
exposures (focus will be on young (19 years of age and younger) and vulnerable
(monitored for less than a year) X-ray workers)
Confirm x-ray registration and installation reviews on-site
Focus on cosmetic use of high power lasers
Support the Inspectorate on reactive or proactive visits to a nuclear facilities or
initiatives with a radiation protection component
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Upcoming Changes and Training
Working at Heights
Mandatory entry level in construction (MELC)
JHSC certification - new program standards
H&S Rep training
ACA / TQA now enforced by College of Trades
Mining Review
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Resource Material to Employers
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Worker Awareness Products
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Worker Health and Safety
Awareness in 4 Steps was
developed by the Ministry of
Labour to support our
commitment to make health and
safety awareness training in the
workplace mandatory.
To make health and safety
awareness training mandatory
for workers, a regulation will be
required. Stakeholders were
consulted on a regulatory
proposal between December
2012 and February 2013.
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Awareness Poster
• Under the OHSA, employers are
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required to post the Act and any
explanatory material prepared by
the Ministry, which includes this
poster, in the workplace.
The poster must be displayed in
English and the majority language
of the workplace (available in 17
additional languages).
The Employment Standards
poster must be displayed in the
workplace (also available in
multiple languages).
Both posters can be printed from
the MOL web-site.
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Sector Plans
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As part of Safe At Work Ontario, the
MOL develops annual sector–specific
enforcement plans that focus on
hazards specific to those workplaces
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The plans describe the industrial, health
care, construction, and mining sectors
and outline what inspectors will be
looking for during an inspection
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Sector Plans are posted on the MOL
website
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Guidelines
• Guidelines are developed to clarify the intent of sector specific
regulations and to help workplace parties understand the
requirements
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Videos
• The Ministry of Labour released a number
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of new videos in 2012 that demonstrate
what an Occupational Health and Safety
Inspector looks for during a workplace
Inspection
These include:
• Loading Dock Safety
• Heat Stress
• Workplace Violence and Harassment
• Forklift Safety
• Manual Materials Handling in Industrial
Workplaces
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Ministry of Labour Website
The MOL website is the
source for the latest
news on:
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Blitzes
Sector plans
Hazard alerts
Compliance tools
Interactive Web Tools
Prosecution Activity
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Health and Safety Associations
Infrastructure Health & Safety Association (IHSA)
Serves: construction, electrical and utilities, aggregates,
natural gas, ready-mix concrete and transportation.
Toll-free: 1-800-263-5024
http://www.ihsa.ca/
on Twitter @IHSAnews
Workplace Safety & Prevention Services (WSPS)
Serves: agriculture, manufacturing, and service sectors.
Toll-free: 1-877-494-9777
http://www.wsps.ca/
Workplace Safety North (WSN)
Serves (province wide): forestry, mining, smelters,
refineries, paper, printing and converting.
Toll-free (Ontario): 1-888-730-7821
http://www.workplacesafetynorth.ca/
on Twitter @WSN_News
Public Services Health & Safety Association (PSHSA)
Serves: hospitals, nursing and retirement homes,
residential and community care, universities and colleges,
school boards, libraries and museums, municipalities,
provincial government and agencies, police, fire and
paramedics and First Nations.
Toll-free: 1-877-250-7444 | Toronto: 416-250-2131
http://www.pshsa.ca/
on Twitter @pshsa1
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Health and Safety Associations
Workers Health & Safety Centre (WHSC)
As Ontario’s designated health and safety training centre, the WHSC provides training for workers, their representatives and
employers from every sector and region of the province.
Toll-free: 1-888-869-7950
http://www.whsc.on.ca/
on Twitter @OHS_Training
Occupational Health Clinics for Ontario Workers (OHCOW)
OHCOW provides comprehensive occupational health services - to workers concerned about work-related health conditions
and to workers, unions and employers who need support to prevent these health conditions from developing. OHCOW
services are free of charge.
Toll-free: 1-877-817-0336
http://www.ohcow.on.ca/
on Twitter @OHCOWclinics
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We’re Here to Help
Ministry of Labour Health
& Safety Contact Centre
• Toll-free, 1-877-202-0008
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Fax, 905-577-1316
Call any time to report critical
injuries, fatalities or work
refusals.
Call 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.,
Monday – Friday, for general
inquiries about workplace
health and safety.
In an emergency, always call
911.
Employment Standards
Information Centre
• GTA: 416-326-7160
Canada-wide: 1-800-531-5551
TTY: 1-866-567-8893
Need other languages?
• The Employment Standards
Information Centre (1-800-5315551) provides service in 23
different languages – from
Arabic to Vietnamese.
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Web Links
Ontario.ca/healthandsafetyatwork
Ontario.ca/SafeAtWorkOntario
Ontario.ca/EmploymentStandards
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