The Ontario Ministry of Labour (MOL) recently announced that, in September 2009, it will be conducting an “enforcement blitz” of electrical equipment and practices at underground mines, surface plants and aggregate operations across Ontario. According to the MOL, inspectors will target mining operations (i) identified as being high-priority due to possible electrical hazards; (ii) known to have highly hazardous processes and equipment; (iii) about which complaints have been received; and (iv) that have a poor compliance history. The inspections will focus on assessing whether (i) those working on live, energized equipment are doing so in accordance with applicable regulations; (ii) workers are following required electrical lockout procedures; and (iii) employers have analyzed job hazards and tasks in accordance with applicable regulations to determine the adequacy of clothing, equipment and procedures to protect workers from electrical shocks and burns.

For further information, please see www.news.ontario.ca/mol/en/2009/07/blitz-tofocus- on-electrical-hazards-in-mining-operations.html.