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Guidelines for Returning to Work Safely Toolkit (Last Updated June 10th, 2020)

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The Government of Ontario is releasing safety guidelines to protect workers, customers and the general public from COVID-19 in preparation for a gradual reopening of our economy.

These resources are available for different sectors. Sector guidelines contain recommendations and tips for employers on how to keep workers safe on the job.

Posters for both employers and workers also offer advice on preventative actions, including physical distancing and workplace sanitization. Employers are encouraged to download the posters to print and post in the workplace. As new sectors of the economy begin to reopen, additional COVID-19 workplace safety resources will be added.

Please note that it is important to follow public health guidelines, maintain physical distancing, and only return to work when it is prompted by the government and safe to do so. The below guides are directly from the Government of Ontario and Wellington Dufferin Guelph Public Health (WDGPH). 


PPE FOR RETURNING TO WORK:

  • Is your organization in need of hand sanitizer?

The Elora Distilling Company, who has pivoted their business to produce hand sanitizer, has supply available (500ml bottles available individually and in 6 and 12-packs). Store hours are Mon-Sat 10am-5pm. 

  • Clear acrylic for safety barriers

H&R Machine can provide clear acrylic for safety barriers. This material can be purchased by the sheet or cut to size. For more info please contact 519.843.4011 or info@hrmachine.ca.

  • Signage for health & safety

WDG Public Health COVID19 Signs and Posters for Workplaces

Poster: Mask Required to Enter Commercial Establishments

Keltech Signs can provide signage, posters, floor markers and more to meet the guidelines and directives that employers and workers will be required to follow in order to protect the health and safety of their workplace. More details on how to order here.  To reserve your order, please call the store between 11am - 5pm at 226-384-7777.  Orders will be held for 24 hours.


R&R Printing Plus Inc. has floor signage for Covid-19 now available;  it is removable, non-slip and scratch resistant.  Signage and posters for hand-washing and physical distancing are also available.  Contact info: Phone: 519-843-1711 | Fax: 519-843-1638 | Email: info@rr-printing.com | www.rr-printing.com


Action Valve and Cylinder is now producing metal standing Covid19 signage used for physical distancing, customer spacing, line-ups and more. For more info please email here.

  • General health & safety supplies

Schelters Stockroom Supply Co. has shields, masks, goggles and other PPE and safety supplies including cleaning and sanitizing items, countertop hanging or mounting clear privacy screens to keep those in close contact safe, floor sign discs and other signage for social distancing and traffic control in your work space. For details and to place orders please click here or call 519-669-2201

  • Government of Ontario Workplace PPE Supplier Directory

Click here for a directory of Ontario companies that sell personal protective equipment (PPE) and other supplies to keep your employees and customers safe from Covid-19.  The government will continue to update this list of suppliers.

 

 


A Framework for Reopening our Province: What’s in Each Stage?

A Framework for Reopening our Province Stage 1 PDF

Detailed List of Stage 1 Openings PDF

A Framework for Reopening our Province Stage 2

Detailed List of Stage 2 Openings by Region


SECTOR-SPECIFIC GUIDELINES FROM THE PROVINCIAL GOVERNMENT:

CONSTRUCTION SECTOR:

FOOD PROCESSING SECTOR:

RESTAURANT AND FOOD SERVICE SECTOR:

AGRICULTURE SECTOR:

MANUFACTURING SECTOR:

LONG-TERM CARE SECTOR:

GUIDANCE FROM HEALTH AND SAFETY ASSOCIATIONS:

The Ontario government works closely with health and safety associations. The following associations have released a series of technical sector guidance documents to further support employers and workers:

RETAIL:

TOURISM & HOSPITALITY:

GENERAL:


Click here for the full list of sector-specific guidelines and posters available to help prevent COVID-19 in the workplace.


WDGPH COVID-19 GUIDANCE FOR BUSINESSES:

  • Wellington Dufferin Guelph Public Health has released a guide for businesses detailing facts on COVID-19, what employers and employees can do to prevent transmission and what to do if an employee becomes ill, or tests positive for COVID-19. Click here to read the guide. 
  • Stage 2 Reopening: News release and details regarding mandatory face-covering order issued by Dr. Nicola Mercer.
  • WDG Public Health COVID19 Signs and Posters for Workplaces
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