You never really know when an government occupational health and safety inspector is going to come knocking on your door. The goal of these inspectors is to enforce the Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA) and ensure that your company is maintaining an effective Internal Responsibility System (IRS).
So what exactly are the OHSA and IRS and what purposes are they looking to accomplish?
An overview of the basics
What to expect during an OH&S inspection
Now that you've know the basics, what else can you do to be prepared for an unexpected ministry OH&S inspector visit? Here is what to expect according to the Ontario Ministry of Labour:
It's important to remember that inspectors will apply and enforce the OHSA and its regulations on the facts as they may find them in the workplace. This means that documentation, preparedness, and diligence are key to a successful ministry inspection.
Need help getting your Health and Safety program up and running in your workplace? Clear Path is offering two different learning sessions in May to help you succeed: Health and Safety 101 and The Secret to Passing a Workwell Audit. If you would like some immediate advice, please contact Anna at (519)-624-0800 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Visit our website for information on our other services.
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