The trauma associated with the monumental tragedy that is playing out in several long-term care facilities across Canada during the COVID-19 crisis will be felt years to come.
Here in Ontario a number of facilities failed to follow public health directives and reasonable precautions. The result has been a death rate far exceeding the experience of others. Many are calling for sweeping change
into how these homes for seniors and other vulnerable adults are staffed and managed. Others are calling for independent inquiries and criminal investigations. Some of these important measures may take years to implement.
People’s lives are in danger now. What has been done to date to stop the unacceptable loss of life
? What more can be done immediately in long-term care facilities? What can other workers and workplace representatives in businesses deemed essential during the COVID-19 crisis learn from this tragedy? And as Ontario prepares to open workplaces in a world that is still working on a COVID-19 vaccine, what must be in place to help ensure others don’t suffer a similar fate
These are the questions Workers Health & Safety Centre will consider in the next webinar of a series we are calling Confronting COVID-19
. With five personal support workers, 10 taxi drivers
, a meat plant worker
and a grocery store worker
among those reported killed by COVID-19 exposures, the need for workplace health and safety precautions and their enforcement has never been greater.
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Confronting COVID-19: Lessons from long-term care
Thursday, May 14, 11:00 am to 11:30 am
Webinar participants are encouraged to pose questions and concerns. Webinar space is limited
and offered to Ontario residents only.
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at your convenience to view this webinar or others in our Confronting COVID-19
series. PowerPoint presentations from all COVID-19 sessions are also posted to our website
WHSC virtual training & COVID-19 docs
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are made available during these unprecedented and challenging times
to help ensure workers, supervisors, joint health and safety committee members and others have access to a trusted source of training and information. Register today
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, Workers Health & Safety Centre (WHSC) supports workers, their representatives, supervisors, contractors and employers in every work sector with comprehensive training programs
and information services
. In all we do, we put workers first. After all, it is their lives and livelihoods that are affected most when workplace hazards, including the COVID-19 virus go uncontrolled.
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