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

Science, Solutions and Success Stories

An ongoing series of webinars that present the current COVID situation and provide guidance and direction for dealing with it in our workplaces and public settings.

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The following sections provide a wealth of resources related to a variety of COVID-related topics:

COVID IS AIRBORNE

Is Your Class / Meeting Room Ventilation Adequate?

Use our Excel-based tool to determine the adequacy of the ventilation in your classroom

*Tool can also be used to evaluate single offices and small meeting rooms.

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NEW!
PRACTICAL SOLUTIONS
for Homes and Workplaces Based on Public Health Fundamentals

IT’S IN THE AIR – What can you do to help stop the spread?

The following infographics are provided to help simplify the messaging around what can be done to stop the spread of COVID-19.
Post them in your home or workplace to help get the message out.

 Stop the Spread

Eight key steps to help stop the spread

A thumbnail graphic of an OHCOW infographic depicting various ways to stop the spread of COVID-19

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A simplified version is also available:

Snapshot of the simplified Stop the Spread infographic from the Aerosol Transmission Coalition

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 Mask Smart

Fit and Filter really matter

A thumbnail image of an OHCOW bar graph depicting the relative efficiencies of masks and respirators

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Snapshot of OHCOW's Using a Disposable Respirator infographic

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Clear the Air

Protect all occupants

An infographic highlighting various methods for ensuring the air in your space is safe

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Close the Gaps

A Prevention Framework – layered approaches (beyond vaccination)

A thumbnail graphic of an OHCOW infographic depicting various ways to stop the spread of COVID-19

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Practical Solutions

Based on Public Health Fundamentals for Homes and Workplaces

A snapshot of the COVID-19 Practical Solutions tip sheet

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TÉLÉCHARGER LE PDF

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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 regional risk graph

COVID-19 Infections Rates in Different Regions of Ontario

An interactive graph available on the page

View the following resources to learn more about COVID-19 Transmission and Exposure Control:

There are over 20 resources related to this topic.
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WORKPLACE RISK MANAGEMENT

Working During a Pandemic

As the risk for infection gets higher, for higher risk jobs, such as health care workers (HCW) working in close proximity to COVID19 patients; it is even more important that more emphasis be placed on increased ventilation.

The OHCOW Workplace COVID-19 Risk Management (Control Banding) Matrix infographic has adapted the OSHA Risk Levels into a control banding matrix to help support decisions on risk management.

Snapshot of a Risk Management infographic

This infographic is provided as a “communication and education tool”, to highlight that “higher order controls” are in fact much more effective than personal protective equipment and that the degree of infection protection control (IPC) should be commensurate with the level of risk.
It can be used along with OHCOW Regional Risk Tool and Tips which provides “additional practical advice” which in addition incorporates “community transmission” which should be considered in the occupational health risk assessment.

The US Department of Labor, Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has simplified the risk management process by assigning risk levels to different jobs and assigning controls based on the risk level which is described in more detail in:

Guidance on Preparing Workplaces for an Influenza Pandemic

(OSHA, 2009)

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Guidance on Hazard Recognition and Classifying Risk of Worker Exposure to SARS-COV-2

(OSHA, 2020)

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Guidance on Control and Prevention

(OSHA, 2020)

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Guidance on Returning to Work

(OSHA, 2020)

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The guidance provided by OSHA, for each risk level, has been aligned in the infographic with the hierarchy of controls (HOCs) to reinforce that higher order control (such as ventilation) are even more important when managing the risk of infection from an aerosol transmissible disease (SARS-COV-2).

Additional Resources on the topic of Workplace Risk Management include:

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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.

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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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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.

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Visit our Migrant Farm Workers page for more details on this program

PANDEMIC EXPERIENCE and IMPACT 

Pandemic Experience 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 buttons 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

Survey Results

Watch the presentations that reveal the results of these two highly insightful surveys:

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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.

ERGONOMIC RESOURCES

Our Office Ergonomics page as well as our Office Ergonomics Reference Guide also provide an abundance of information and guidance that will assist your when you are working from home.

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

Additional Resources

The following are Workplace Health Without Borders webinars hosted by OHCOW Hygienist, Dr. Kevin Hedges, in his role as International President.