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Ontario safety blitz targets material handling hazards

MOL inspectors will look at OHSA compliance from Sept. 15 to Oct. 26.


Are your lift trucks and other lifting devices rated for their loads? Photo: Mitsubishi

Are your lift trucks and other lifting devices rated for their loads?
Photo: Mitsubishi

TORONTO — Ontario’s Ministry of Labour (MOL) is launching a workplace safety blitz that will focus on hazards involving material handling from Sept. 15 to Oct. 26.

MOL inspectors will visit plants, factories and other industrial sector workplaces across the province to ensure employers are assessing and addressing potential hazards related to loading, unloading, storage and movement of goods and supplies.

The inspectors will be looking at compliance with the Occupational Health and Safety Act and its regulations, in particular:

• Well-maintained lift trucks and other lifting devices are rated for their loads.

• Workers are provided with safe access to work areas.

• Workers are performing tasks safely to prevent falls.

• Mobile/transport equipment is appropriate for use and well maintained.

• Equipment, products and supplies are stored safely.

• A well-functioning internal responsibility system (IRS) is in place

• Workers are properly trained and supervised.

Since 2008, MOL inspectors have conducted more than 345,000 field visits, and 66 inspection blitzes, and issued more than 560,000 compliance orders.

Read more about Ontario’s Safe At Work Ontario and the ministry’s 2014-2015 Industrial Sector Plan.

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