Province hires more inspectors to ensure businesses operating safely

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Published March 4, 2021 at 12:57 am

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With more regions easing restrictions, and more businesses being permitted to reopen, the province is working to ensure these businesses are still adhering to proper protocols.

As a result, the province has hired 100 additional occupational health and safety inspectors to ensure consumers, businesses, and employees are safe.

“As the province continues to reopen, we need businesses of all sizes to do better as there are no shortcuts to safety,” Monte McNaughton, Minister of Labour, Training and Skills Development, said in a news release.

“With a new total of more than 500 inspectors, our government is building the largest team of inspectors in Ontario’s history to educate business owners, enforce public health measures and keep workplaces safe now, and for many years to come,” he continued.

Since the beginning of 2021, Ontario’s provincial offences officers have conducted more than 13,374 COVID-related, resulting in 9,480 orders and 373 tickets.

The focus of these inspections has primarily been on educating small businesses across Ontario in order to allow them to reopen safely.

Additionally, these initiatives, in consultation with local public health units, will include targeted blitzes of big-box stores, the farming sector, and areas of high transmission (such as breakrooms).

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