Focuses on falls from heights for the second time this year
The Ministry of Labour focused its efforts in November, 2009 on a scheduled inspection blitz on slips, trips and falls in the workplace, one of the leading causes of workplace injury.
In January, 2010, as part of its ongoing Safe at Work campagin, the Ministry targeted falls from heights, specifically at construction sites, in response to the December 24th, 2009 tragedy that took the lives of four Ontario workers. More information on this blitz can be found at the Ministry's site.
A second blitz on Falls and Fall-related hazards has been scheduled for May, 2010. Inspectors will be looking for hazards involving platforms, raised floors, mezzanines and ladders during this blitz. They will also be checking fall-arrest equipment and guardrails, and watching for dangerous practices, such as working on storage racks and using ladders. Particular emphasis is being placed on safe use of suspended work platforms.
Where you can go for help
Here are a number of resources to help prevent slips, trips and falls.
Free Webinar on the MOL's Falls Blitz
Sign in for a free 30-minute webinar to learn more about the MOL's approach to its ongoing Falls blitz and what proactive steps you could take to ensure your firm is not hit with compliance orders or fines.
Date: May 18, 2010
Time: 10.00 a.m.
Register on-line at www.iapa.ca/falls (In the event the session fills up before you register please call 1-888-478-6772 and a representative will assist you)
Other Free Resources & Information
Slips, Trips & Falls Hazard Checklist - Use this free checklist tool for assessing your workplace for slips, trips and fall hazards. Click to download ).pdf file, 37 kb)
Preventing Slips, Trips & Falls - This free one-page .pdf information checksheet will provide you with some basic information to post on your Health & Safety Bulletin Board or at appropriate places in your workplace. Click to download (.pdf file, 152 kb).
Using Ladders - This free one-page .pdf information checksheet will provide you with some basic information to post on your Health & Safety Bulletin Board or at appropriate places in your workplace. Click to download (.pdf file, 167 kb).
Floor Maintenance - This free one-page .pdf information checksheet will provide you with some basic information to post on your Health & Safety Bulletin Board or at appropriate places in your workplace. Click to download (.pdf file, 151 kb).
Six Step Guide to Health & Safety - Visit this section of the OSSA website and get some basics around what you need to have in place to protect your employees. If you are a small business (under 20 full-time employees), be sure to visit OSSA's Small Business Resource Centre.
Assessments and customized training
OSSA consultants have knowledge and experience regarding slip, trip and fall prevention. They can answer your questions, provide hazard assessments, customize training, and recommend other controls for your workplace. Contact us to find out more.
That the Occupational Health and Safety Act looks at job function and not just the title (i.e. manager) when determining responsibilities under the Act.