New and young workers in Ontario are three times more likely to be injured during their first month on the job than at any other time.
From May 1 to August 31, 2015, Ministry of Labour inspectors conducted a health and safety enforcement blitz in the industrial sector focusing on:
- young workers aged 14 to 24 and
- new workers who were on the job for less than six months or assigned to a new job
Inspectors checked that employers were complying with the Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA) and its regulations.
The goals of the blitz were to:
- ensure employers advise new and young workers of hazards in the workplace
- raise awareness of the OHSA rights and responsibilities for new and young workers
- encourage employers to identify and control hazards
- address and remedy non-compliance with the OHSA and its regulations
- deter non-compliant employers
- enhance health and safety partnerships
- promote improved health and safety for new and young workers