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OHS Canada: Q&A: Preparing for a workplace inspection during COVID-19

Ontario has issued more than 10,000 orders since March

July 23, 2020  by OHS Canada

Since March 11, the Ministry of Labour, Training and Skills Development has conducted 14,339 field visits related to COVID-19. PHOTO: Ontario.ca

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, inspections by provincial inspectors have increased in Ontario.

Anne Duffy, director of the occupational health and safety branch at the Ministry of Labour, Training and Skills Development sheds some light on how the provincial government is working to ensure compliance through the pandemic.

OHS Canada: What should employers expect from a provincial inspector if their workplace was to receive a visit during COVID-19?

Anne Duffy: Inspectors will attend the workplace to audit for compliance with the Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA) and regulations. It may be specific to COVID prevention but may also be a look at all workplace hazards.

The inspector will attempt to maintain physical distancing during their field visit. They self-screen daily and do not attend any workplace if they fail the self-assessment.

Read the full Q&A from OHS Canada, one of Canadian Manufacturing‘s sister publications.