Students from high schools across the province are preparing to enter the summer workforce, and at the same time, the Ministry of Labour’s (MOL) new and young worker blitz continues its four month span from May to August 2012.
The Institute of Work and Health (IWH) has identified that any new worker is up to four times more likely to be injured during their first month than any other time performing that job. The MOL’s young worker blitz allows inspectors to raise awareness of hazards and check that employers have identified and are controlling hazards.
MOL Provincial Specialist Roy Ford recently discussed the ministry’s goal and priorities for the blitz during a webinar for WSN clients. Ford emphasized that the blitz, with respect to contraventions, will focus on: Falls from height, minimum age requirements, machine guarding/lockout, personal protective equipment and confined spaces. To view Ford’s presentation, click here.
During last year’s blitz, inspectors visited 2,847 workplaces and issued 9,799 orders under the OHSA. The top 5 orders issued in 2011 were:
1. Taking reasonable precautions to protect the health and safety of workers
2. Maintain equipment in good condition
3. Preparing and reviewing of health and safety policy and the development of a program to implement the policy
4. Posting a copy of the OHSA at the workplace
5. Providing workers with information, instruction and supervision to protect their health and safety