Ontario  Ministry of Labour inspectors will be checking that employers, supervisors and workers in warehouses across the province are complying with Occupational Health and Safety Act and Regulations requirements.

The blitz happens in February and March of 2014.  Warehouses are defined as commercial buildings that are used by manufacturers, importers/exporters, retailers/wholesalers, transport companies and other businesses to store goods, raw materials and other commodities.  Inspectors will be checking racking systems, loading dock areas, lifting devices and forklifts, practices surrounding the avoidance of slips, trips and falls, and will be making sure that employers are addressing employee musculoskeletal disorder hazards from handling material.

The focus will be particularly on warehouses with a high incidence of lost-time injuries, where complaints have been received, where there is a history of non-compliance, and where inspectors have not previously visited.

If your company, suppliers or customers run warehouses in Ontario, this bulletin may help them prepare in advance for an unplanned inspection. 

For more information, please see the Ministry of Labour website:https://www.labour.gov.on.ca/english/news/2014.php