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WHSC launches new COVID respirator training program

N95 respirator being used in a WHSC non-fit-tested respirator training course
Public health officials are finally acknowledging the COVID-19 virus is airborne. New variants are dramatically more transmissible. A greater response is needed urgently.

The answer? When it comes to personal protective equipment, workers and the public are advised to wear the best possible mask or respirator they can secure. Some employers are supplying N95 respirators or an equivalent such as KN95 respirators. But their roll out in most cases does not include formal qualitative or quantitative fit testing as seen in health care settings – testing that involves a combination of additional expertise and specialized equipment. And yet we know respirator filtration AND fit are equally important.

To help bridge the gap Workers Health & Safety Centre (WHSC) is launching a new 90-minute training program entitled, “Non-fit-tested respirators.” Participants will learn critical information regarding respirator selection, use, care and limitations. How respirators work within much needed layers of protection will also be covered. Finally, this training will help ensure participants achieve the best possible respirator fit and seal short of formal fit testing.

Register now to secure your seat!
COURSE: Non-fit-tested respirators — virtual 
WHEN: Wednesday, February 2, 2022
9:00AM to 10:30AM
7:00PM to 8:30PM

Additional courses will be scheduled upon demand.
Be sure to check back often.  
COST: $15.00

What to expect and bring to training?

This course offers a superior online health and safety learning experience in a WHSC virtual classroom. Delivered over a secure Zoom platform and led by a highly qualified WHSC-trained instructor, course participants learn together in small, engaging classes — much like our traditional, learner-centred, in-person training courses. To ensure training integrity and validate the learner, training participants will need a high-speed internet connection and a computer with a properly functioning camera, microphone and speakers.
Participants will also need to bring to the course a N95 respirator or equivalent/superior respirator, as a central course activity will focus on each participant demonstrating respirator donning and doffing, plus how to perform a proper seal check. Haven’t secured a respirator yet? Check out the Masks4Canada tip sheet and retailer listing.

Employers' OHS obligations

Under health and safety law, employers are charged the greatest legal responsibilities for ensuring safe work, including the duty to take every precaution reasonable for the protection of workers. During the COVID crisis in addition to respirators, the situation demands a comprehensive workplace safety plan that also includes the ability to work remotely when possible, screening and rapid tests before entering the workplace, mandatory vaccination requirements, assured enhanced ventilation, physical distancing, contract tracing and adequate paid sick time.

Quality training offers a layer of protection too. As Ontario’s designated health and safety training centre, WHSC is the leading provider of training for workers, workplace representatives and supervisors.

Don’t see what you need? Beyond the scheduled classes, and where participant numbers warrant, we can work with you to coordinate inhouse training for almost any of our training courses.

Contact a WHSC training services representative in your area.
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