This month Ontario’s Ministry of Labour (MOL) initiated a new enforcement initiative for the health care sector. Beginning July 2014, all acute care hospitals will be inspected over three years and some long-term care home, retirement homes, and community-based health care service will be inspected. Both clinical and non-clinical areas will be examined.
The initiative will include an evaluation of the internal responsibility system (IRS) and compliance with O.Reg 297/13 Occupational Health and Safety Awareness training, pursuant to the Occupational Health and Safety Act (OSHA).
In addition, the initiative will address what it considers the give most serious occupations hazards in health care: musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs); exposures to hazardous biological, chemical and physical agents; slips, trips and falls; contact with/struck-by injuries; and workplace violence.
The ministry will continue to inspect for overall compliance with the OSHA and regulations (i.e. O.Reg 67/93 Health Care and Residential Facilities; O. Reg 474/07 Needle Safety).