COVID-19: Is Your Workplace Ready to Return to Work?

The province has recently changed the workplace safety guidelines to ensure that workers and the public are protected amongst the COVID-19 pandemic. These guidelines are to ensure that everyone is equipped for when the province decides to slowly re-open. The guidelines that were released provides direction to those working in specific industries such as manufacturing, food manufacturing and processing, restaurant and food service, and the agricultural sector.  Particularly those that are essential workers.

The new guidelines for these sectors include instructions on:

  • Physical distancing: eliminating pay at door option, team meeting outdoors, staggering shift times, using ground markings and barriers to manage traffic flow
  • Changes to the work place: installing plexi glass barriers, proper ventilation and air condition to increase air flow and using boot sanitizing trays
  • Promoting cleanliness: providing proper sanitization, personal protective equipment and enforcing hand washing before and after breaks

Further to this, the province indicated that there will be 58 new inspectors. These new inspectors will join the hundreds that already exist that are providing essential workplaces with COVID safety guidelines to ensure a safe workplace. These inspectors will be able to make sure that workplaces are following the mandated safety protocol.

This workplace safety north link is a useful resource which consolidates guidelines from various health and safety associations for workplaces during the COVID-19 pandemic.

https://www.workplacesafetynorth.ca/news/news-post/health-and-safety-association-guidance-documents-workplaces-during-covid-19-outbreak

Authors: Tisha Hasan Cody Fraser