The COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted many workplace routines, but never have routine health and safety inspections been more important or required greater diligence.
Ontario’s Occupational Health and Safety Act
requires employers to take every reasonable precaution to safeguard worker health and safety (s25(2)(h)). Joint health and safety committees (JHSCs) and worker health and safety representatives though, also have both a right and responsibility to participate in the pursuit of safer, healthier workplaces. Included in their role is a requirement for JHSCs (s9(23-29)) or worker health and safety reps (s8(6-9)) to inspect the workplace at least one a month.
Given the evolving nature of this pandemic, what we know about the virus and its transmission, and concerns for future waves of infection, it may be prudent to conduct even more frequent workplace inspections. As many more workplaces prepare to reopen, conducting a thorough inspection prior to workers re-entering the workplace is reasonable too.
With this timing in mind, conducting effective COVID-19 workplace inspections is scheduled as the subject of the next free webinar in the WHSC Confronting COVID-19
series. This webinar will also launch WHSCs new tool created to support workplace inspections of COVID-19 hazards and workplace control measures.
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Confronting COVID-19: Conducting effective workplace inspections
Thursday, June 18, 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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series. PowerPoint presentations from all COVID-19 sessions are also posted to our website
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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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