Ministry of Labour Stop Work Orders & Compliance Issues
The Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA) is enforced by the Ministry of Labour, Training and Skills Development via their health and safety inspectors who are typically appointed as Provincial Offences Officers under the Provincial Offences Act (POA) to ensure workplaces are in compliance with legislation.
Their powers include:
- Inspections of provincially regulated workplaces both, proactively during a blitz or, reactively when called to investigate a workplace accident
- Issuing of requirements or administrative orders where and when there is a contravention of the OH&SA or Regulations
- Investigating fatalities, critical injuries, work refusals and worker complaints about health & safety issues
- Initiating prosecution under POA in regarding offences under the OH&SA and Regulations
A Stop Work Order can be costly to your production output, and can lower employee morale. A stop work order may require equipment, machinery, material or the production process to be halted until the employer corrects the contravention and proves compliance with the OH&SA. All work can be stopped and the workplace cleared of workers, as well as stopping access to the workplace until the hazard(s) are corrected.
A Non-Compliance Order typically requires specific training or re-training to take place, and/or the development of safe work procedure(s) or policies within a certain timeframe.
Did you know that every year the Ministry of Labour, Training, and Skills Development inspects thousands of workplaces to see if they are operating in compliance with the OH & S Act and Regulations and every year, their inspectors hand out thousands of orders. In 2018 alone, inspectors issued 17,534 orders.
Workplace Safety Group can provide the support needed by your organization in the event of a Ministry "Stop Work Order" or "Non-Compliance Order". WSG will promptly assist you in correcting actions to meet compliance and get your production line back to work.
For those who have a well-run health and safety system, preparing for an MLTSD inspection will be straightforward. If you’re concerned about the prospect of an inspection because you know your company or organization’s health and safety system needs improvement, now is the time to do something about it!
WSG’s consultants can help organizations who want to improve their existing health and safety system. Contact us and someone from our team will follow-up with you to learn more about your organization’s health and safety needs.
Have an immediate need? Call us and talk to one of our safety advisors. TF 1.866.347.7707