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Healthy Workplaces

COVID-19 Workplace Resources

Employer Role in COVID-19 Management 

Ontario has developed a staged approach to reopening the province in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. As part of Stage Three, most workplaces in Hastings and Prince Edward Counties will be allowed to reopen on Friday, July 17, 2020.

Re-opening will take place with restrictions to help recover the economy while preventing the spread of COVID-19. Stage Three builds on the gains of Stage Two and Stage One. Regional reopening status across the province will continue to be updated. Staging is based on key public health indicators in each region.

Workplaces unable to re-open in Stage Three can submit a reopening proposal to the Ontario Government.

If you have further questions about what is open or the impacts on your business or employment, call the Province’s Stop the Spread Business Information Line at 1-888-444-3659, or visit Reopening Ontario web page.

Your role as an employer is to help manage the spread of COVID-19 in our community and is critical to reduce the spread of transmission.

Guidance Documents

HPEPH, in partnership with Hastings County’s Economic and Tourism Development Office, hosted a webinar on June 1 to provide an overview of provincial guidelines available to help local businesses re-open following COVID-19 closures.

Key Steps for Workplaces

Resources

Signage and Posters

Business Supports and Training

Mask Use

Cleaning and Disinfecting

Ergonomics for Working from Home

Workplace Safety and Prevention Services has ergonomic safety resources for Temporary Home Offices:

Psychological Health and Safety During COVID-19

As the pandemic continues to evolve, HPEPH is working closely with the Public Health Agency of Canada, Public Health Ontario, the Ministry of Health and our community partners to monitor and respond to this situation.

Page last updated: July 15, 2020

Creating Healthy Workplaces

According to the World Health Organization, a healthy workplace is one in which workers and managers collaborate to continually improve the ways the workplace protects and promotes the health, safety and well-being of all workers and the sustainability of the workplace.

Healthy workplaces provide an environment that is supportive of employees’ mental and physical health, making the healthy choice the easy choice. 

Why Create a Healthy Workplace?

Today’s business environment requires organizations to leverage every possible advantage to in order to thrive, be competitive and be sustainable. Research has shown that organizations with an engaged, healthy workforce are more effective, more productive, and enjoy a better reputation. Such organizations also tend to have reduced absenteeism, fewer health-related expenses, and lower staff turnover.

How Can I Support a Healthy Workplace?

Researchers have shown that, to effectively address health in the workplace, employers need to use a comprehensive approach, acting on a variety of factors. The Ontario Workplace Health Coalition (OWHC) Healthy Workplace Model has four essential elements that work together to create a healthy workplace. It can be used by workplaces of all sizes. 

How Can Public Health Help?

HPEPH can provide information, resources, and support to encourage the creation of a healthy workplace. Have a look at our lending programs, resources available below, or give us a call at 613-966-5500 or 1-800-267-2803, ext. 610.

Resources to Support a Healthy Workplace

Healthy Eating at Work

The workplace often involves food and meal times. Our Healthy Workplace Nutrition Environment Toolkit and Hosting Healthy Meetings and Events brochure can provide some ideas to encourage healthy eating at work.

Shift Work

Shift work is common in workplaces. It can affect employee health, as well as safety on the job. Organizational approaches can reduce the negative effects of shift work.

Stress and Mental Health

One in five Canadians live with a mental illness. There are many resources available to support employees living with a mental illness and their employers.  

Stress Strategies is a problem-solving approach to addressing stress management. You may wish to share this flyer or tent card with your employees.

Need More Information About Healthy Workplaces?

Call 613-966-5500 or 1-800-267-2803, ext. 610.

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