COVID-19 will be with us for a while longer and as such we are providing you with a collection of resources to assist workers and workplaces in navigating the unique challenges that this disease/infection presents.
TRANSMISSION and EXPOSURE CONTROL
Regional Risk Tools and Tips
A colourful and engaging, interactive page that provide tools to determine your local infection risk
and corresponding tips for COVID-10 prevention in non-healthcare workplaces.
COVID-19 Infections Rates in Different Regions of Ontario
An interactive graph available on the page
Ventilation Checklist (COVID-19)
Following the Hierarchy of Controls, ventilation and filtration provided by HVAC systems can reduce the airborne concentration of SARS-CoV-2 and thus the risk of transmission through the air. This Ventilation Checklist (COVID-19) can be used as a guide to assess the suitability of ventilation in the workspace/building that are to be occupied.
Transmission Reduction, Ventilation Optimization & Knowledge Activation for Effective Workplace Prevention
OHCOW has been translating and activating knowledge throughout its history. During COVID-19 this has included gathering evidence and multi-faceted messaging on Airborne Transmission Risk and Control.
RESPIRATORS and PROTECTIVE EQUIPMENT
With the wide variety of masks, face shields and respirators available on the market today,
we are providing some resources to help you make an informed selection.
RESEARCH and SCIENCE
OHCOW has been working with various labour and academic partners using surveys to capture pandemic workers’ experience (in healthcare, essential workers, working from home, and educators). We have also been involved in demonstrating the science behind aerosol transmission of the SARS-CoV-2 virus and the measures need to protect workers and workplaces. We have also invited various experts and researchers to share their knowledge regarding the pandemic during numerous online and archived webinars.
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WORKING DURING A PANDEMIC
Our front line workers have kept our hospitals up and running, our stores open with stocked shelves, our fruits and vegetables harvested, and our restaurants and fast food outlets open. Doing all this leaves these workers at risk. The following resources provide guidance and advice on keeping them safe.
AGRICULTURAL WORK and COVID-19
Working Together to Communicate Important COVID-19 Prevention Information to the Ontario Agricultural Sector
COVID19 introduces serious and complex health and safety challenges for the arrival, isolation and work of temporary foreign workers in Ontario agriculture, particularly in regard to healthcare capacity, public and occupational health, and workplace communication and coordination for this disconnected population, made more vulnerable by high-density housing.
OHCOW Migrant Farm Worker Program (MFWP) staff continue to collaborate with employers, workers, partners and stakeholders and offer experience and support to contribute to frontline planning, preparedness and response.
COVID-19 and Ontario Farm Worker Health and Safety
Presented by a team of Ministry and OHCOW experts, including a review of key issues and an exploration of solutions, including a look at a video series we are drafting.
COVID-19 Resource Library for International Agricultural Workers and Employers
Includes and extensive list of COVID-19 safety guidance information for use by employers to inform workplace safety plans, policies and practices as well as an extensive list of resources, guidelines, posters, videos, etc. for international farm workers, in English, Spanish and Thai
Visit our Migrant Farm Workers page for more details on this program
PANDEMIC EXPERIENCE and IMPACT SURVEYS
OHCOW has conducted two surveys over the course of the current COVID-19 pandemic.
Round two of the general workers survey is ongoing.
Share your pandemic work experience, by taking part in the survey using the survey button below:
Survey of HEALTHCARE WORKERS’ Experiences During the COVID-19 Pandemic
OHCOW workplace stress experts, along with several academic and labour partners, have developed a survey to measure The Experiences of a Healthcare Worker During a Pandemic. It is based on a number of scientifically-recognized questions that measure different aspects of job-related psychosocial conditions, along with symptoms related to intense stressful conditions and mood disorders.
Survey of WORKERS’ Experiences
During the COVID-19 Pandemic
Building on the success of the Healthcare Worker Pandemic Experience Survey*, OHCOW and its partners have now created and launched a more “generic” Survey of Workers’ Experiences During a Pandemic to recognize the impact that working during the COVID-19 pandemic is having on all workers in the province (country and world).
*which already has more than 3500 respondents
Watch the presentations that reveal the results of these two highly insightful surveys:
Let’s Walk the Talk
Tools for [Workplace] Mental Health
January 28, 2021
WORKING FROM HOME
Given the new normal of businesses and government striving to maintain services while reinforcing critical physical distancing,
more and more Ontarians are working from home.
OHCOW ergonomists offer a few tips in the following documents on taking the time to set up a proper workstation
to improve health, safety, and even productivity, which is better for everyone.
From Our Partners, et al.
Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety (CCOHS)
Respiratory Protection Against Airborne Infectious Agents for Health Care Workers
Respirators – Respirators Versus Surgical Masks Versus Non-medical Masks
Good Hygiene Practices – Reducing the Spread of Infections and Viruses
Government of Ontario
Develop your COVID-19 workplace safety plan
Manufacturing health and safety during COVID-19
Agriculture health and safety during COVID-19
Food manufacturing and processing health and safety during COVID-19
Restaurant and food services health and safety during COVID-19
COVID-19: self-isolation and return to work
Meal and break periods at work during COVID-19
Construction site health and safety during COVID-19
ELECTRICAL SAFETY FOUNDATION International (ESFi)
Electrical Safety While Working from Home