The Ministry of Labour (MOL) has released it's annual sector-specific enforcement plans, based on its fatality and critical injury data, as well as the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board's lost-time injury (LTI) data. The plans describe and outline what inspectors will be looking for in the industrial, health care, construction, and mining sectors during an inspection.
What you can learn from the sector plan
Here's what else you can glean from the plans:
- number of critical injuries and fatalities reported to the MOL from 2008 to 2010
- Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB) LTI rate per 100 workers
- leading causes of the most costly injuries and illnesses in 2008
- number of inspections conducted and orders issued between 2008 and 2010
- violations behind the five most common orders issued
- primary hazards and underlying issues
- specific risk areas identified by inspectors for seven major overall hazards
Eight ways you can put the data to work
The sector plan reflects what the MOL believes are the high-priority hazards for your industry and sub-sector. You can use these priorities to help you:
- conduct annual and quarterly risk assessments, particularly those that may not have been on your radar
- build a framework for your health and safety program and binders
- design your training agenda.
- develop a daily "safety talk" checklist for supervisors
- design a checklist for new employees or young workers reminding them about the safe procedures needed to head off the common hazards at their workplace
- shape meeting agendas and inspection schedules of your joint health and safety committee
- benchmark your firm's health and safety performance against that of your sub-sector
- strengthen your situational analysis within your business plan to support investments in your health and safety program.