Ministry of Labour - Machine Guarding Inspection Blitz coming February & March 2019

By Carola Mittag

Posted Jan 31st, 2019 in Regulation Updates, Tips & News

Ministry of Labour - Machine Guarding Inspection Blitz coming February & March 2019

"Machine guarding hazards remain a top focus for inspectors because of the potential for catastrophic injuries and fatalities," says Rob Vomiero, WSPS Technical Specialist, Machine and Robot Safety. Machinery can increase production with less labor, but also presents safety hazards. MOL inspections are carried out for the purpose of preventing catastrophic worker injuries and deaths.

Each year, the ministry schedules inspection initiatives in specific sectors to raise awareness of hazards and increase compliance with the Occupational Health and Safety Act. The ministry has released its schedule of inspection initiatives for 2019-2020. READ MORE

In 2018, the MOL issues 3,777 orders and requirements; an average of 5.4 orders per workplace, 107 of them stop-work orders, during visits to 694 workplaces.


  • Safeguarding
    • Safeguards that protect against pinch points and other hazardous points on machinery
    •  Availability of pre-start health and safety reviews (PSR)
  • Locking and Blocking
    • Workers who follow lockout procedures to prevent machines from starting during maintenance and repair
    • Machines that are blocked to prevent unplanned movement 
  • Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) 
    • Use of PPE, even with machine guards in place, where guards alone do not offer adequate protection
  • Proper Training
    • Verifying that all workers are properly trained on any plant equipment beforethey start operating it
  • Environment
    • Ensuring workers know what other equipment or machinery is operating in the immediate area
    • Evaluating sightlines and paths, dedicated to the movement of machinery, to ensure worker safety.
  • Maintenance
    • Reviewing inspection and maintenance schedules to ensure equipment is maintained in safe operating condition.
  • Documentation
    • Verifying written records for worker training, integrity of PPE, equipment maintenance, pre-start reviews
    • Health and Safety Policies and Procedures

Safety tips and safeguards to prevent accidents in industrial and manufacturing settings:

  • Use and Maintain Equipment Properly
    • Ensure equipment is used for its intended purpose and used properly.
  • Avoid Trips, Slips, and Falls
    • Ensure good housekeeping is practised as falls on the same level and falls to a lower level are two of the top three most common and costly causes of disability injury.
  • Eliminate Fire Hazards
    • Always make sure your work space complies with fire safety codes by removing any items blocking doorways and walkways.
  • Prevent Objects from Falling
    • Use protections such as nets, toe boards, and toe rails to ensure that items do not fall.
    • Place heavy objects on lower shelves and stack boxes straight up and down.
    • Make sure that stacked objects are not in aisles or work areas.
  • Wear Safety Equipment and PPE
    • Wear the proper safety equipment (PPE) when using equipment or cleaning up messes.
    • Proper safety equipment can include hard hats, goggles, gloves, and any other equipment necessary for performing the job safely.


  1. Machine Guarding / Lockout-Tagout, and/or

  2. Workplace Inspections

Take one course for $175 or both for $225

When you book two courses receive a FREE 1 hour plant inspection and assessment to ensure you have effective safeguarding.

Get an evaluation of your workplace and get on track with safety and compliance.

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