On February 1, Ministry of Labour inspectors will begin a one-month sweep across the province. The blitz will focus on loading docks, shipping and receiving areas, and is structured into three parts to reflect the flow of materials and goods into and out of workplaces.
Part 1: focuses on the entry and exit of vehicles carrying materials and goods
Part 2: addresses the positioning and securing of vehicles
Part 3: addresses loading and unloading activities
This blitz is part of the province’s Safe At Work Ontario strategy to improve workplace health and safety practices through increased awareness, training and enforcement of provincial legislation and regulations. A “zero tolerance” approach will be taken for any contraventions under the Occupational Health and Safety Act and regulations regarding minimum age requirements, guarding issues or personal protective equipment. The Ministry of Labour inspectors will be searching for loading dock-related hazards and infractions in all industry sectors.
How We Can Help:
Visit our Free Downloads section for publications, tools and resources on a variety of health and safety topics. The following downloads relate to conveyor guarding and lockout:
Training & Products
Classroom and on-site Training:
Maximize the safety and efficiency of your loading dock. There are hazards around loading docks such as moving machinery, lift trucks, tractor trailers, the lifting of heavy loads by workers, and slippery, crowded and uneven surfaces. WSPS consultants are available to perform an onsite evaluation of your loading dock and provide training to help make your site as safe and efficient as possible. WSPS specialists can help you by:
Contact David Mustard (ext. 2535) or Chuck Leon (ext. 2506), Loading Dock Specialists at (905) 614-1400, or head office for more information on the above and additional services to meet your needs.
Tel: 905-614-1400 Toll Free: 1-877-494-9777
Regional Conferences & Events
Our "Partners In Prevention" health and safety conferences and events throughout Ontario provide excellent opportunities for networking and learning. Visit our website for more information and a line-up of upcoming dates and sessions on equipment guarding, lockout and other key health and safety topics.
Additional Information is Available at Our Partner Sites:
Workplace Safety North (WSN)
Infrastructure Health & Safety Association (IHSA)