On April 16, 2021, John Schofield of The Lawyer’s Daily reported on the government of Ontario’s increased inspections of construction sites and workplaces provincewide as new COVID-19 cases reach unprecedented levels.
The inspectors and officers will enforce COVID-19 safety requirements by visiting 1,300 construction sites and 500 workplaces, including big box stores, food processors, manufacturers and warehouses in the hot spot zones of Toronto, Peel Region, Halton Region, York Region and Ottawa.
In his article, Schofield references a recent Employment Law update by WeirFoulds partner Daniel Wong and associate Max Skrow, where they point out that employers also have obligations under Ontario’s Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA) — on top of COVID-19 requirements. Those include ensuring that workers and supervisors have completed an occupational health and safety awareness training program, posting a copy of the OHSA in the workplace and preparing a written occupational health and safety policy and a program to implement it. To read the full WeirFoulds update, click here.