What would you do if an MOL Inspector made an appointment to assess your workplace?
A. Panic and try to put stop-gap measures in place to hopefully pass an inspection; or
B. Invite the Inspector in, feeling confident that you have met all legal requirements to pass the inspection?
Last week WSG received a panic call from a manufacturing company that had an Ministry of Labour (MOL) inspector visit their premises. Remember, MOL Inspectors have the right, and will enter your premises unannounced at any time, they do not make appointments. Unfortunately, this company fell into the A category and received a significant number of orders for not meeting minimum requirements under the Occupational Health & Safety Act. They have been ordered to correct the deficits before the end of 2017. An enormous challenge given the number of orders they need to comply with.
Do you know …?
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How do I …?
What do I need …?
When must I …?
Who is responsible for …?
Do you know what it takes to pass an inspection? Are you familiar with minimum requirements for your workplaces? Do you know what posting requirements are? Do you have written health and safety policies? Are your policies supported with written procedures? Do your supervisors understand their legal responsibilities? Do you conduct regularly scheduled safety meetings? Do you have a designated Health and Safety Representative? Do you have a Joint Health and Safety Committee? Do you know the difference? Do you know what training programs require MOL Certification?
WSG can assess your workplace with a free one hour GAP analysis. We will look at your work processes, your training needs and your legal requirements then provide you with a review that addresses where you meet compliance and where you fall short. We will outline a program to move you forward with the assurance that you can invite an MOL Inspector in with confidence.