The Ontario Ministry of Labour regularly conducts safety blitzes to ensure ongoing compliance in particular areas of health and safety. Upcoming blitzes will target exposure issues in both the health care and construction sector, as well as a variety of recycling and waste management health and safety issues.
In November and December 2013, Inspectors will target workplaces such as hospitals, long-term care homes and laboratories where hazardous drugs may be found and where biomedical waste is generated and handled. The blitz will focus on protecting workers who may be exposed to cancer treatment drugs as well as:
Recycling and Waste Management
In November and December 2013, Inspectors will also target both municipal and privately owned recycling and waste management facilities, with a particular focus on the following:
In January 2014, the blitz will focus on ensuring that workers are not unsafely exposed to any of the following:
Ministry inspectors will also be verifying that the required control measures, procedures and personal protective equipment (PPE) are used during asbestos removal.
The inspections are part of the broader Safe at Work Ontario strategy, which includes a pilot program of conducting construction site inspections around the clock, seven days a week.
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