Workplace inspection blitz happening in Halton this week

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Published February 2, 2021 at 10:13 am

A workplace inspection blitz is expected this week in Halton as part of Ontario’s expansion of their “Stay Safe All Day” workplace inspection campaign.

Between Feb. 2 and 5, provincial offences officers will be visiting businesses and a variety of workplaces across Halton Region to educate employers on preventing COVID-19 in the workplace as well as how to stay safe.

Tickets may be issued by provincial offences officers to businesses and patrons who are not in compliance with measures set out in the Reopening Ontario (A Flexible Response to COVID-19) Act and the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act.

“Most Halton businesses are taking their responsibilities seriously and taking the necessary precautions to ensure their employees and customers stay safe and healthy. I want to thank our business community and our residents for their ongoing efforts to protect themselves and others,” said Halton Regional Chair Gary Carr.

“In addition to these educational and enforcement blitzes, our Economic Development and Public Health teams at Halton Region continue to make sure that businesses and workplaces have all of the information they need to operate safely.”

The provincial blitz is targeting retail establishments, restaurants providing take-out, essential service-sector establishments, warehouse and storage facilities, agricultural operations and food production facilities and construction and manufacturing operations.

The inspections will be conducted in areas with higher risks for transmission and will be enforcing adherence to capacity limits, physical distancing, mask and face coverings and an accessible safety plan.

“Stopping the spread of COVID-19 has always been a community effort. While businesses continue to do their part to protect workers and customers, we all need to take individual action by following public health measures when out in public,” said Halton Region Medical Officer of Health, Dr. Hamidah Meghani.

“If you need to visit a store for essential goods and services, please wear a mask and keep your distance. It can be that simple.”

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