Human Resources Legislative Update
Ontario Announces Safety Blitz Focusing On Young Workers
Date: April 27, 2011
On April 27, 2011, the Ontario government announced that it will launch a safety blitz on May 1 intended to protect young workers by ensuring that employers are complying with regulations under the Occupational Health and Safety Act. In part, the initiative will focus on whether young workers are:
- being instructed, trained and supervised on jobs;
- using proper safety measures, equipment and procedures to prevent injuries; and
- meeting minimum age requirements for the work they are doing.
Inspectors will focus on workplaces where youth are employed, including restaurants, nursing homes and low-rise construction sites.