Workers Health & Safety Centre

Worker respiratory protection subject of May 7 COVID-19 WHSC webinar

The role respirators and masks play in the continuum of protections against the COVID-19 virus is the subject of the next webinar in the WHSC Confronting COVID-19 series. 
The primary route of transmission for the COVID-19 is by respiratory droplets generated when an infected person coughs or sneezes. These droplets can generally travel up to two metres. A growing body of evidence also suggests these same infected individuals can generate smaller particles that can be suspended in air for hours, travel over greater distances and even build up in work and living spaces without adequate ventilation. The Canadian Federation of Nurses Unions offers a valuable web page summarizing the latest research on COVID-19 and its routes of transmission.
Though respirators and masks are not a replacement for social distancinghand hygiene and cleaning and disinfecting, they are an essential part of many workplace COVID-19 prevention programs.    
This free webinar will explore the selection, safe use, care and limitations of a range of respirators and masks. Special attention will be paid to the critical role for N95 respirators in care settings, where workers are attending to those with suspected, presumed or confirmed cases of COVID-19 (and those who clean and disinfect in these same settings). Also up for discussion will be the ongoing safety issue faced by workers in many sectors, who after exhausting all other protection measures, still need access to respiratory protection.

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COVID-19: Use of Masks and Respirators for Worker Protection
Thursday, May 7, 2020, 11:00 am
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Webinar participants are encouraged to pose questions and concerns. Webinar space is limited and offered to Ontario residents only.

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Streaming is available in real time to an unlimited Facebook audience. You can pose questions here too.

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You can visit our Facebook page or YouTube channel 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.

Download and share WHSC docs

This webinar series and our many other COVID-19 resources 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 information. Feel free to download and share widely.

WHSC role

As Ontario’s only designated health and safety training centre, 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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