ONTARIO GUIDELINES TO REOPEN BUSINESSES
The Ontario government is ensuring employers have the safety guidelines they need to protect workers, customers, and the general public from COVID-19 as it prepares for a gradual reopening of the provincial economy. Find sector-specific guidelines and posters to help protect workers, customers and the general public from coronavirus (COVID-19) in Ontario.
COVID-19 INFORMATION AND HEALTH AND SAFETY RESOURCES
What is COVID-19
COVID-19 is part of a large family of viruses called Coronaviruses. Some cause illness in people and others cause illness in animals. Human coronaviruses are common and are typically associated with mild illnesses, similar to the common cold.
COVID-19 is a new disease that has not been previously identified in humans. Rarely, animal coronaviruses can infect people, and more rarely, these can then spread from person to person through close contact.
Those who are infected with COVID-19 may have little to no symptoms. You may not know you have symptoms of COVID-19 because they are similar to a cold or flu.
Symptoms may take up to 14 days to appear after exposure to COVID-19. This is the longest known incubation period for this disease. We are currently investigating if the virus can be transmitted to others if someone is not showing symptoms. While experts believe that it is possible, it is considered less common.
Symptoms have included:
- difficulty breathing
- pneumonia in both lungs
In severe cases, infection can lead to death.
Canadians should continue to think ahead about the actions that they can take to stay healthy and prevent the spread of COVID-19 in Canada. This includes staying at home as much as possible and being prepared in case you or a family member becomes ill. Everyone should be practising physical (social) distancing. Even if you do not have symptoms of COVID-19, you could become infected by others.
As we continue to see transmission of the virus within different communities, we know that everyone must take precautions, even those who have not travelled outside of Canada.
In an effort to prevent the spread of COVID-19 within communities and across the country, all Canadians are advised to:
- stay at home unless you have to go to work
- talk to your employer about working at home if possible
- avoid all non-essential trips in your community
- do not gather in groups
- limit contact with people at higher risk, such as older adults and those in poor health
- go outside to exercise but stay close to home
- if you leave your home, always keep a distance of at least 2 arms lengths (approximately 2 metres) from others
- household contacts (people you live with) do not need to distance from each other unless they are sick or have travelled in the last 14 days
You can go for a walk if you:
- have not been diagnosed with COVID-19
- do not have symptoms of COVID-19
- have not travelled outside of Canada in the past 14 days
If you go out for a walk, do not congregate and always practice physical (social) distancing by keeping at least 2 metres apart from others at all times.
Workplace Pandemic Planning and Training Resources
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ISO 45001 OCCUPATIONAL HEALTH AND SAFETY MANAGEMENT SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS
ISO 45001 is the new international standard for Occupational Health and Safety Management Systems published by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO). It is a voluntary standard that organizations can adopt to establish, implement, maintain and improve their Occupational Health and Safety Management Systems (OH&S MS). Proactive Health and Safety Solutions is PECB Certified to deliver training and assist you in preparing for your ISO45001 certification audit. Contact us at 416-270-7689 for more information
JHSC CERTIFICATION TRAINING
Part I and Part II Training is now available to meet your needs. more information
WHMIS 2019 – VIDEO and ONSITE TRAINING
WHMIS 2015 training is now required for all employees. This training is designed to meet the employee generic WHMIS 2015 training requirements. Visit our online store, email or call 416-270-7689 to purchase your WHMIS 2015 training video.
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Health and Safety legal compliance is just one of a multitude of issues that the owner of a small or medium size business has to deal with. Preventing work related injury and illness and complying with health and safety laws can be challenging. As a business owner you may have few health and safety resources, may lack the specialized knowledge to identify workplace hazards, may not be able to afford to hire staff devoted to health and safety activities or simply may not have enough time in your working day. Sometimes, the challenges of complying with all the Health and Safety requirements in Canada (Provincial or Federal) can be overwhelming. By the time you sort through the all of the health and safety legal requirements (Acts, Codes, Regulations such as WHMIS, JHSC Committees and Inspections) you sometimes don’t know if you are coming or going!
Proactive Health & Safety Solutions can support your business with its of regulatory requirements. We are dedicated to minimizing your risk/liability, maximizing your peace of mind and above all keeping your employees health and safe.
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