• The Ministry of Labour’s Safe Operation of Machinery Blitz is Underway...
  • February 15, 2016 | Author: David S. Reiter
  • Law Firm: Aird & Berlis LLP - Toronto Office
  • The Ontario Ministry of Labour (“MOL”) launched its Safe At Work Ontario compliance strategy in June 2008. As its title suggests, its aim is to make workplaces safe. Over the years, it has evolved to include unannounced inspections of specific industry segments as part of the MOL’s overall sector-based enforcement initiative. These inspections are known as ‘Blitzes’ and they work by MOL inspectors attending, unannounced, at workplaces to inspect for compliance with the Occupational Health and Safety Act (“OHSA”). If deficiencies are identified, the inspectors apply a zero tolerance policy and issue orders, or lay charges. Orders can include requiring the rectification of a deficiency and/or the stopping of work altogether. Charges can result in fines of up to $25,000 for individuals and up to $500,000 for companies, imprisonment (for individuals), and/or probation.