Health and safety inspection initiatives are part of the province’s Safe At Work Ontario compliance strategy.
These initiatives are announced to sectors in advance. However, individual workplaces are not identified in advance.
The ministry posts results from provincial initiatives online. The initiatives are intended to raise awareness of workplace hazards and promote compliance with the Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA) and its regulations.
Ministry of Labour inspectors are responsible for enforcing the OHSA and its regulations at workplaces across the province. As part of the Safe At Work Ontario strategy, the ministry decides on the focus of initiatives using a risk-based process. This process takes into account:
- injury, illness and fatality rates
- compliance history
- the nature of the work (for example, hazards that come with the job)
- current events
- the vulnerability of the workers
- strategic priorities
- advice from stakeholders
The focuses can be on specific sectors, hazards, issues or topics.