December 15, 2016
Ministry to blitz snow and ice contractors
Snow removal contractors are being targeted this winter.
The Ministry of Labour (MOL) is conducting a blitz on snow removal contractors in the Central West Region from Nov. 1, 2016 to March 31, 2017. The area includes Mississauga and Georgian Lakelands areas.

To ensure you are prepared for the blitz, Ministry officials have communicated what they are looking for. The blitz will have two focuses; administrative compliance and a physical inspection.

Administrative compliance: This includes policies, Health and Safety Committees, Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS) training, certifications, designated substances training, etc.
Physical inspection: Compliance with Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA) in the following areas:
  • Equipment issues
  • Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) compliance
  • High visibility clothing
  • Exposure to substances training
  • Ergonomic training (ie: tasks such as lifting and other manual material handling)
  • Equipment maintenance documentation
  • Proper guarding of equipment
  • Hours of work documentation
  • Proper clothing
  • Supervisor and foreman training
  • Securing salters
  • Load restrictions
  • Checking straps
  • Employee training documentation, etc.
To find out more information about compliance under the OHSA, visit the Ministry of Labour website at