Ontario is launching a four-month blitz to ensure students are safe and don't get injured while working on their summer jobs.
Beginning May 1, 2012, an enforcement blitz will target workplaces where new and young workers are employed. Health and safety inspectors from the Ministry of Labour will check that employers comply with the Occupational Health and Safety Act.
The blitz will ensure young workers:
- Are protected by required safety measures, equipment and procedures to prevent injuries
- Are properly instructed, trained and supervised on jobs
- Meet minimum age requirements.
The inspectors will shut down unsafe work sites when necessary and employers could face fines through the Occupational Health and Safety Act.
Protecting young people on the job is part of the McGuinty government's continued commitment to preventing workplace injuries through its Safe at Work Ontario strategy.