Ontario govt. finds gaps in health-care workplace safety
By Canadian SecurityNews Health Care
According to a report recently published on the Ontario Ministry of Labour website, ministry inspectors conducted "inspection blitzes" of workplaces in the health-care sector in March and April and discovered shortcomings in terms of adherence to requirements to help protect workers from violence.
Inspectors checked for compliance with the Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA) and Health Care and Residential Facilities Regulation (HCRF). According to the Ministry website, inspectors visited 221 workplaces (mostly hospitals, long-term care homes, and residential group homes) and issued 307 orders under OHSA. Recommendations included improving compliance with requirements to: assess risks of workplace violence; having violence and harassment policies clearly posted; and conducting annual reviews (at a minimum) of procedures.
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