COVID-19 Tip #13: Ontario Moves to Stage 2

Further to today’s announcement that (almost) all of Ontario is moving to Stage 2 (Windsor is the last region left at Stage 1), it is helpful to review Ontario’s guide on how to develop a COVID-19 workplace safety plan.

The guide, which includes a template plan, sets out the steps for Ontario employers preparing to re-open the workplace.

  • Identify the risks for transmitting the virus through person-to-person contact and actions such as touching faces with hands that have been contaminated by contact with surfaces and objects;
  • Determine what controls are needed to help mitigate risk, such as:
    • engineering controls like the installation of plexiglass to separate workers from customers,
    • administrative controls limiting the number of workers in a space at one time, and
    • personal protective equipment including face and eye protection;
  • Create a workplace safety plan based on the identified risks and appropriate controls specific to the employer’s workplace;
  • Implement the plan in the workplace, and review and update it as the situation evolves; and
  • Communicate the actions being taken to workers and other people entering the workplace.

COVID-19 Safety Plans do not have to be submitted to the Ministry of Labour, Training and Skills Development for review.