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.
- Resources to Prevent COVID-19 in the Workplace
- Guide to Developing Your COVID_19 Workplace Safety Plan
- Where to Source Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
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.
- Face Covering Requirements in HPEC – FAQ
- COVID-19 Requirements for Enclosed Public Spaces and Commercial Environments (Replaces Garden Centre, Hardware and Retail Store Requirements During COVID-19)
- COVID-19 Requirements for Personal Service Settings
- COVID-19 Public Health Guidance for Use of Public Washrooms
- Safe Operating Requirements for Community Gardens
- COVID-19 Requirements for Food Businesses – Updated July 20, 2020.
- COVID-19 Requirements for Farmers’ Markets
- Guidance for the Health Sector
- COVID-19 Guidance: Workplace Outbreaks
- Public Services Health and Safety Association Healthy & Safety Guidance During COVID-19
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.
- COVID-19 Information for Local Businesses – Webinar Recording
- COVID-19 Information for Local Businesses – Slide Deck
Key Steps for Workplaces
- Follow the Government of Ontario COVID-19 Guidance Documents for essential workplaces, as well as sector-specific guidance for safe re-opening and operations
- Direct all staff to self-monitor daily for signs of COVID-19 such as fever, cough, or difficulty breathing before attending the workplace
- Direct them to use the Ontario self-assessment tool if they have symptoms
- If they do not pass the tool, direct them to contact the HPEPH COVID-19 Information Line at 613-966-5500 or 1-800-267-2803 for further assessment and direction
- Direct employees to stay home if they are ill
- Require frequent hand washing, use of alcohol-based hand sanitizer (where possible), physical distancing, and cough etiquette among all staff to prevent the spread of infection
- Consider and acknowledge the mental health needs of employees in organizational planning and operations
- Increase the frequency of routine cleaning and disinfecting as a best-practice to prevent the spread of COVID-19
- Workers who have been required to self-isolate will contact their employer when advised that they can return to work
Signage and Posters
- Entrance/Screening Signage – English / French
- Physical Distancing Poster
- COVID-19 Store Sign
- Mandatory Mask Sign / Mandatory Mask Sign with Exemptions
- How to Wear a Mask Safely
Business Supports and Training
- Resources for Quinte Region Businesses During COVID-19 Pandemic – Quinte Economic Development Commission offers information on a wide range of business wage subsidies, financial assistance and human resource programs, as well as education and training opportunities and other resources
- Pandemic Recovery: Return to Business Checklist – Workplace Safety and Prevention Services has developed this high-level tool to assist your re-opening plans
- Mask Use for Non-Medical Workers – Public Health Ontario has a factsheet on use of masks by non-medical workers
Cleaning and Disinfecting
- Hard surface disinfectants and hand sanitizers – Health Canada has compiled information on effective hard surfaces disinfectants and hand sanitizers available in Canada
Ergonomics for Working from Home
Workplace Safety and Prevention Services has ergonomic safety resources for Temporary Home Offices:
- Setting up a Temporary Laptop Workstation Youtube video
- Quick Steps for Setting Up Your Temporary Laptop Workstation Home Office Workstation Checklist
- At-Home Flexibility Stretches
Psychological Health and Safety During COVID-19
- Managing Through COVID-19: How to Support Your Employees’ Mental Health – Ottawa Public Health offers guidance on protecting the psychological health and safety of employees during the pandemic, using the 13 factors from the National Standard for Workplace Psychological Health and Safety
- COVID-19 Crisis Response Training Resources – Mental Health Commission of Canada provides links to virtual crisis response training for essential workplaces, self-care and reliance guides for workers, infographics and other mental health resources
- Videos to Support Workplace Mental Health During COVID-19 – Workplace Strategies for Mental Health offers this series of short videos with recommendations on supporting mental health for employers and employees
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.