The Ontario Ministry of Labour (MOL) has announced an “enforcement blitz” for the month of September as part of the province’s Safe at Work Ontario blitz strategy. During September, MOL occupational health and safety inspectors will “focus on hazards involving disinfecting chemicals (such as chlorine), dry cleaning solvents, metalworking fluids and detergents.” According to the MOL, its inspectors will be assessing whether workers have been trained to properly handle hazardous chemicals; whether chemicals are stored safely and properly labelled; and whether protective equipment (such as respirators and eye-wash fountains) are available to workers. Many of the MOL inspectors will reportedly focus on hazardous materials used in workplaces, especially dry cleaning operations, metal fabrication shops, swimming pools, spas and healthcare facilities.

For further information, please see news.ontario.ca/mol/en/2009/08/blitz-targetsworkplace- chemical-hazards.html.