Ontario Begins Machine Guarding Safety Blitz

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Feb 21, 2020

The Ministry of Labour has launched another safety inspection blitz beginning running until March 31. It follows four weeks of outreach to the industrial sector to educate and assist in safety compliance.

Inspections will focus on industrial workplaces including automotive, food and beverage, wood and metal fabrication, textiles and printing, chemical, rubber and plastics, ceramics, logging (sawmills) and pulp and paper.

The ministry performed a similar blitz in February/March 2019. During that blitz, inspectors visited 602 workplaces and issued 2,998 orders under the Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA).

Improperly-guarded machines, or electrical equipment not properly locked out, can cause serious injury or even death.

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