By Monte McNaughton (Pulled directly from National Post – Aug. 2019) When I was growing…
SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT FOR ONTARIO WORKPLACES REGARDING COVID-19:
In sequential statements issued Sunday and Monday, Ontario’s Chief Prevention Officer updated guidance to “help employers better understand their responsibilities and what is needed to prevent the spread of COVID-19 on the job site.”
The update follows an initial document that was sent out on March 20, and addresses several topics, the statement said.
- Providing better on-site sanitation, with a focus on high-touch areas including hoists, door handles, and trailers
- Staggering shifts in order to create greater physical distance between workers
- Restricting site numbers and limiting elevator use
- Communicating roles, responsibilities, and health policies by posting site sanitation and work schedules
- Tracking and monitoring workers
In addition to the safe working guidelines, the Ministry has granted an extension for WAH certifications.
The extension will apply to workers who successfully completed their working-at-heights training between February 28 and August 31, 2017. The validity period, normally three years, would have ended this year. It will now end in 2021.
The extension will ensure affected workers can continue to work when possible. Construction will move ahead without interruption.
Ministry inspectors are inspecting job sites today and every day. Employers and constructors should know: failure to comply with the Occupational Health and Safety Act and its regulations could result in a stop work order.” If you have any questions about how to keep your workplace safe during this difficult and ever evolving period or to stay up to date with the latest industry updates, please do not hesitate and call today!
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