Ontario Safety Blitz Focuses on Personal Protective Equipment
October inspections in Ontario, Canada will focus on personal protective equipment during an enforcement blitz at industrial and health care workplaces.
The purpose of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) is to reduce or prevent a worker’s exposure to occupational health and safety hazards. Potential hazards can include blows to the body, loud noises, heat, chemicals, and electrical hazards. According to Ontario’s Ministry of Labour, PPE acts as a barrier to these hazards and includes all types of protective clothing including helmets, shoes, goggles, respirators and other safety gear.
Ontario’s safety blitz will focus on head, eye, and foot protection. However, inspectors may also address other types of protection, such as fall, respiratory, skin and hearing PPE.
Inspectors of some priority areas will focus on PPE that protects the eye, head and foot, and will also address any other hazards that may be found. They will focus on safety gear used by workers in the following industries: wood and metal fabrication, vehicle sales and service, food and beverage, wholesalers, and education.
In health care workplaces, the blitz will check for safety gear being used or worn by non-clinical staff in the dietary services, housekeeping/environmental services, and maintenance shops departments.
Inspectors will be checking for whether or not the requirements related to the use and care of PPE are being met, as specified in the Occupational Health and Safety (OH&S) Act.
All employers, supervisors, and workers have both duties and responsibilities under this act regarding PPE. This blitz is ensuring that all requirements are being met and that workers and employers alike are maintaining all PPE in proper condition.