COVID-19

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.


OCC-COVID Webinar Series

Continuing on Friday’s this coming fall/winter

Register for upcoming sessions or view the resources from past sessions

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.

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COVID-19 Infections Rates in Different Regions of Ontario

An interactive graph available on the page

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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.

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Airborne Transmission Risk and Control

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.

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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.

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Protecting Workers from COVID-19: Transmission, Ventilation and the Law

Review airborne transmission and ventilation control basics in the Oct. 20th Manitoba Federation of Labour Occupational Health Clinic recorded webinar, which included OHCOW hygienist John Oudyk.

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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.

A Consideration of the Rationale Provided to Downgrade PPE Precautions for COVID-19

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Healthcare Workers Lacking PPE
Suffer From More Anxiety and Depression

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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.

Key Workplace Health Factors to Recognize, Assess & Control During COVID-19

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Workplace COVID-19 Risk Management (Control Banding) Matrix

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Applying Hierachy of Controls for Point of Care RA for Healthcare Workers

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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.

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

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SURVEY RESULTS

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

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PSHSA Pandemic Surveys Presentation

November 17, 2020

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Pandemic Experience of Workers

Lancaster House presentation by John Oudyk, and IWH research partner Dr. Peter Smith

September 2020

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COVID-19 Survey Results: What’s It Like to Work in Healthcare in Canada?

May 21, 2020

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The Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic on Mental Health of Nurses in British Columbia…

From the Annals of Epidemiology

May 28, 2021

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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.

Setting up Your Home Workstation

Home workstations warrant as much care and attention as in an office, particularly if used more than occasionally ( 1 day/week).

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Ergonomic Tips for Working From Home in Ontario
During COVID 19

Recent webinar, in partnership with the Workers Health and Safety Centre (WHSC)

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ErgoTools

Provide an abundance of information and guidance, including videos, on fitting your workstation to you, instead of contorting yourself to fit it, or alternatively, roaming around with a laptop.

ERGONOMIC RESOURCES

Our Ergonomics page also provides an abundance of information and guidance that will assist your when you are working from home.

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If none of that helps, don’t hesitate to contact the Clinic nearest you to set up a phone or virtual consultation.