As part of the Safe At Work Ontario compliance strategy, the Ministry of Labour (MOL) recently conducted field visits to over 630 workplaces. The aim of these visits was to ensure that workers had received appropriate training, wore the correct personal protective equipment, and were engaging in good work practices. Over the course of these inspections, 2887 orders were issued including 47 stop work orders. The most common offences were lapses in training and equipment being in poor condition.

As a research university, Carleton is home to over 24000 chemicals! We are committed to ensuring every student and worker has the knowledge and awareness required to work with these hazards safely.

“From 2005 to 2014, 16207 workers received chemical-related injuries resulting in lost time at work due to exposure to caustic, noxious or allergenic substances, according to the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB)” – MOL

Carleton University will continue to make every effort to ensure the safety of its workers and students. All workers are required to complete the Worker Health & Safety Awareness Training and any additional training as it pertains to their work (e.g. LabSafety, Working at Heights, BioSafety). A full list of EHS training is available here. We also encourage students and workers to keep an eye out for hazards in their workspace and to report them using the Good Catch Report!

To read the full MOL report, click here.