New: Risk Tools
New: Regional Risk Tool/Tips & Workplace Risk Management Matrix provide Colour-coded COVID-19 Prevention advice
Regional Risk Tool/Tips
View the rolling 14-day average of COVID-19 cases in each Public Health region in Ontario (from data published weekdays) against a backdrop of 5 coloured risk levels, plus a current At a Glance chart, then follow the coordinated tips for Communicating, Cleaning, Handwashing, Ventilating, Distancing, Screening, and Masking to protect your workplace from infection. A great way to get prepared and then respond if/when transmission risk grows in your Region.
Workplace COVID-19 Risk Management (Control Banding) Matrix
The OHCOW Workplace COVID-19 Risk Management (Control Banding) Matrix is a communication and education tool based on the US OSHA Risk Levels, aligned with the Hierarchy of Controls (reinforcing that “higher order controls” (eg. distancing and ventilation) are much more effective than personal protective equipment when managing the risk of infection from an aerosol transmissible disease like SARS-COV-2). And reminding that the degree of infection protection control (IPC) should be commensurate with the level of risk in order to help support decisions on risk management and control.
As the risk for infection gets higher, for higher risk jobs, such as health care workers (HCW) working near COVID19 patients; it is even more important that more emphasis be placed on engineering and administrative controls, not just PPE.
Find more evidence-based COVID-19 prevention resources and education information at: https://www.ohcow.on.ca/covid-19.html
Register to watch OHCOW’s 6th Annual Occ-tober Symposia Webinar Series on Occupational Health & Disease Prevention:
Impact = Knowledge + Change + Action every Friday in October
And watch Sept. 14th Aerosols in Schools Webinar (by world experts in their fields, Lidia Morawska & Joe Allen) from Workplace Health without Borders for a good background, including the Q&A & slides posted separately.