Ministry of Labour Health and Safety Blitz Focusing on Infection Control
The Ministry of Labour will be conducting an “Infection Control Blitz” in November by sending inspectors to check for hazards affecting infection prevention and control at hospitals, long-term care homes, retirement homes, community health centres, and other workplaces across Ontario.
Ministry of Labour Inspectors will be focus on the following priorities:
- Employer Duties: Inspectors will check to ensure that all reasonable precautions to protect the health and safety of workers from infection hazards have been effected. They will also check that employers are reporting occupational illnesses to the Ministry of Labour, trade union (if applicable), and the workplace’s Joint Health and Safety Committee.
- Safe Work Practices: Inspectors will be checking to ensure that employers have developed appropriate practices to ensure workers are protected from infection hazards. Depending on the workplace, this might include respirator fit-testing, maintenance of ventilation systems, cleaning and disinfection, or the safe use and disposal of sharp objects. They will also check that workplace parties are inspecting the workplace for these hazards on an ongoing basis.
- Personal Protective Equipment and Safety Devices: Checks will be done to ensure that personal protective equipment is being properly used and maintained, and that workers have access to the appropriate hygiene facilities. Inspectors will also ensure that workers are safely handing and using safety-engineered needles.
- Worker Information, Education and Training: Inspectors will check to ensure that workers are aware of infection hazards in the workplace and are trained in safe handling, storage, use, disposal and transport of infectious agents. They will also check that workers have appropriate information, instruction and supervision to protect their health and safety.
It is important that your workplace is in compliance with the Occupational Health and Safety Act, including, but not limited to, the Health Care and Residential Facilities Regulation and Needle Safety Regulations.
If you have any questions about the implications of this Health and Safety Blitz or any other questions relating to Occupational Health and Safety law, please do not hesitate to contact a Mathews Dinsdale lawyer.
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