Province launching blitz of business inspections to ensure adherence of proper protocols
Published May 18, 2021 at 2:40 pm
The Province has announced it will be increasing inspections for businesses to ensure they’re abiding by the current pandemic-related restrictions.
Between May 10 and 28, approximately 100 provincial offences officers are expected to visit 1,500 workplaces in Toronto, Hamilton, and regions of Durham, Halton, Peel, and York.
Officers will be checking that employers screen employees and visitors for symptoms associated with COVID-19, ensure workers maintain physical distance and wear masks, where needed, and that businesses have safety plans, in place among other measures.
“While case counts continue to drop, we can’t take anything for granted when it comes to protecting everyday workers with more contagious variants of COVID-19 entering our country every day,” Minister McNaughton, Minister of Labour, Training and Skills Development, said in a news release.
“We’ve inspected these workplaces regularly throughout the pandemic, but it is important business owners and supervisors continue following health and safety best practices that have helped us get this far. As our government moves forward and continues to respond to the rapidly evolving pandemic, these inspections are a critical tool as we support businesses and employees through this time,” he continued.
During the previous round of inspections, Officers made 718 visits to workplaces, most of which were in compliance—only 15 per cent were flagged for follow-up visits and nine tickets were issued.insauga's Editorial Standards and Policies