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Results of MOL’s School Safety Enforcement Initiative

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The Ontario Ministry of Labour has released results of its enforcement initiative in Ontario schools, which resulted from the tragic death of an Ottawa area student while cutting a steel barrel.

The enforcement initiative appears to have focused on woodworking shops, technological education labs and shops (auto body, construction, and manufacturing courses) and science labs. 

MOL inspectors conducted almost 2,000 visits to more than 900 workplaces including schools and school board offices.  They issued more than 6,600 compliance orders for a total of more than 3 orders per visit. 

The most common compliance orders related to exposed moving parts on machines, slippery work surfaces, unsafe ladders and a lack of guardrails, guarding devices on equipment, lifting devices and personal protective equipment.

The resutls of the MOL’s school safety initiative can be found here.