When clients receive an order from the Ontario Ministry of Labour (MOL) for hazardous materials, it can be a daunting and complex situation to handle. As an experienced team specializing in environmental health and safety, we understand the importance of compliance and the potential risks associated with hazardous materials. In this blog post, we will discuss how we can assist clients in effectively navigating and managing MOL orders for hazardous materials.


Understanding the Ontario Ministry of Labour:

Before delving into the specifics, it’s crucial to have a clear understanding of the Ontario Ministry of Labour’s role in regulating hazardous materials. The MOL aims to enforce workplace safety and ensure compliance with legislation such as the Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA) and the Hazardous Materials Information Review Act (HMIRA). Familiarizing yourself with these regulations will help you better comprehend the requirements outlined in the MOL order.


Conducting a Comprehensive Site Assessment:

Upon receiving an MOL order, the first step is to conduct a thorough site assessment. Our team of experts can assist in evaluating the hazardous materials present, their quantities, storage conditions, and potential risks to workers and the environment. This assessment will provide valuable insights into the necessary steps for compliance and remediation.


Developing a Compliance Strategy:

Based on the findings of the site assessment, we can help clients develop a tailored compliance strategy that aligns with MOL requirements. This strategy may include implementing proper labeling, storage, handling procedures, employee training, and documentation. By addressing any deficiencies promptly, clients can demonstrate their commitment to worker safety and regulatory compliance.


Assistance with Documentation and Reporting:

Compliance with MOL orders often requires meticulous record-keeping and reporting. Our team can help clients organize and maintain the necessary documentation, such as Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS), inventory records, training logs, and incident reports. Accurate and up-to-date documentation will not only satisfy MOL requirements but also serve as a valuable resource for future audits or inspections.


Employee Training and Education:

Compliance with MOL orders involves ensuring that employees are adequately trained on handling hazardous materials safely. We can provide comprehensive training programs to educate employees on the risks associated with hazardous materials, proper handling techniques, emergency response protocols, and personal protective equipment (PPE) requirements. Well-trained employees are better equipped to mitigate risks and maintain compliance.


Ongoing Support and Monitoring:

Our assistance doesn’t end with initial compliance. We offer ongoing support to help clients maintain compliance with MOL orders over time. This includes periodic inspections, audits, and monitoring to ensure that all procedures and protocols are being followed correctly. Regular assessments and updates will help clients stay ahead of any potential issues and maintain a safe working environment.



Receiving an order from the Ontario Ministry of Labour for hazardous materials can be overwhelming, but with the right guidance and support, compliance can be achieved effectively. Our team is dedicated to assisting clients in navigating MOL orders, conducting site assessments, developing compliance strategies, providing training, and offering ongoing support. By partnering with us, clients can ensure the safety of their employees, protect the environment, and maintain regulatory compliance.


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Chris Croft Technical Specialist