Workers Health & Safety Centre

Quality indoor air: Follow the evidence and train for solutions

COVID-19 isn’t going away any time soon. We have been told to just live with it. But what does this mean? Well, in the workplace every reasonable precaution still applies.

Yes, we want to be done with COVID-19. We have confronted the threat for more than two and a half years. Millions of lives have been lost near and far. But again, COVID-19 isn’t done with us. Pretending otherwise isn’t working. We are now in the midst of a seventh wave. Come this fall and winter as more activities move indoors, scientists and public health experts tell us the situation could worsen still.

So, what would prevent this? What works? And what’s reasonable? Let’s follow the evidence and train for solutions. Based on the science, booster shots are widely available. The Ontario Science Table tells us persons with three shots are less likely to transmit the Omicron COVID variant than those with two shots. Four are better still. The science is also clear, exhaled COVID viral particles can accumulate and remain suspended in indoor environments potentially exposing others well beyond six metres. As such masks worn by all in the workplace with proper fit and filtration are key. A quality ventilation system is equally important.

Improve indoor air quality with effective training

A quality ventilation system though does more than prevent COVID-19. The virus is not the only hazard that can remain suspended in indoor air. Did you know for instance, indoor air pollution is two to five times higher than outdoor pollution? Moreover, workers in all sectors often find themselves in closed buildings with outdated HVAC systems that recirculate polluted air.

Ventilation is often the missing piece in workplace efforts to control hazardous exposures. Increased ventilation and air filtration to improve indoor air quality is a reasonable step employers must take to fulfill their general duty in health and safety law to safeguard workers.

Register today to boost your workplace health and safety efforts. As Ontario’s only government designated training centre, Workers Health and Safety Centre (WHSC) offers a three-hour Indoor Air - Virtual training program designed to help workplace representatives proactively recognize, assess and make recommendations to control or better yet eliminate indoor pollution sources. Taking into account new research and developments, this program covers hazards such as volatile organic compounds (VOCs), ozone, formaldehyde, pesticides, legionella and now the virus that causes COVID-19. As such, relevant legislation and measures to combat these hazards also includes those needed to mitigate the transmission of COVID-19 too.
WHERE: In our online, instructor-led virtual classroom 
WHEN: Thursday, Aug 18 | 9:00AM-12:00PM
COST: $75.00

Why our virtual learning environment is unique and effective?
Participants benefit from:

✅ Live online learning on a secure Zoom platform
✅ Highly qualified instructors with considerable real-world experience
✅ Small class sizes designed for maximum engagement
✅ Proven class activities for assured learning.

Need more information?
Additional training: Check out all WHSC programs
Contact a WHSC training services representative in your area.
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