Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Resource Centre

Links & Resources for Workers & Employers

In January 2020, a novel (new) coronavirus (COVID-19) was identified as the cause of an outbreak of pneumonia originating in Wuhan, China. The Ontario Ministry of Health indicates that there is evidence of human-to-human transmission of this virus.

 

The situation continues to rapidly evolve, and the Ontario Ministry of Health and Public Health Ontario are closely monitoring the outbreak, conducting surveillance and appropriate laboratory testing, and providing public health and infection control guidance. The Ontario Ministry of Health has produced Guidance Documents and Directives for a number of health sectors related to COVID-19.

 

For more information on how to protect yourself, what to do if you’re sick and how to recognize possible symptoms, visit Ontario.ca/coronavirus and Public Health Ontario for more information.

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Job Guidance for Employers

 

The following COVID-19 job guidance information sheets have been created for essential occupations to support Healthcare, Public Safety and Municipal employers.

 

Guidance, Bulletins and Recommendations from Ontario Health

 

Ontario Health has developed a number of Health System Response Materials, including recommendations for the use of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE).

 

Tools and Resources

COVID-19 Donning Poster and Checklist
This checklist is designed to assist healthcare workers (HCWs) and paramedics on the correct donning of personal protective equipment (PPE).
COVID-19 Doffing Poster and Checklist
This checklist is designed to assist healthcare workers (HCWs) and paramedics on the correct doffing of personal protective equipment (PPE).
COVID-19 Police Donning Poster and Checklist
This checklist is designed to assist police service workers on the correct donning of personal protective equipment (PPE).
COVID-19 Police Doffing Poster and Checklist
This checklist is designed to assist police service workers on the correct doffing of personal protective equipment (PPE).
Public Health Ontario Donning Full PPE Video
A step-by-step demonstration of how to properly put on full personal protective equipment for droplet/contact precautions.
Public Health Ontario Doffing Full PPE Video
A step-by-step demonstration of how to properly take off full personal protective equipment for droplet/contact precautions.
Maintaining an Effective JHSC During Emergency Situations COVID 19
The continued operation of an effectively functioning JHSC is a legal requirement for Ontario.
COVID-19: Worker and Employer Duty to Report
This fast fact provides the basic information that you need to know about Worker and Employer illness reporting duties.
COVID-19 Posters
This suite of posters provide COVID-19 guidance for essential service sectors. While the posters are based on information from the sector guidance notes, they can be used across several sectors. It is recommended that these posters are printed and posted in highly visible areas around the workplace.
COVID-19 Affiches
Cette série d’affiches fournit une orientation sur la COVID-19 à l’intention des secteurs de services essentiels. Bien que les affiches soient fondées sur des renseignements tirés des notes d’orientation de l’Ontario, elles peuvent être utilisées dans de nombreux secteurs. Il est recommandé que les employeurs impriment celles qui sont pertinentes et les affichent à un endroit bien en vue dans le lieu de travail.
Occupational Health & Safety in Long-Term Care
Jointly facilitated by the MLTSD and the PSHSA, this webinar provides important information and details to support Ontario’s long-term care organizations.
Coping with Uncertainty
As the COVID-19 situation is evolving, we are learning more every day but there is still so much that is unknown. It’s natural for us to feel anxious, fearful, stressed or overwhelmed when we are surrounded by uncertainty.
Physical Activity and Physical Distancing
During the COVID-19 pandemic, it is even more important for people of all ages and abilities to be as active as possible.
Staying Productive while Working From Home
Working from home has become the new normal for most workers in Canada since the COVID-19 pandemic began.
Effectively Managing Financial Strain
In any disaster- natural or manmade- jobs and the economy are one of the first things to be impacted as in the case of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Activities for Kids While at Home
Widespread closures of schools, community centers and public spaces due to the necessary measures to contain the spread of COVID-19 have parents thinking about how to keep their children occupied.
Using Your Pantry For Healthy Recipes In Social Distancing
As our community follows physical distancing and self-isolation strategies, cooking is a great way to explore creativity.
Mental Health and COVID-19

Join the conversation with Dr. Bill Howatt, Chief of Research, Workplace Productivity at the Conference Board of Canada.

Ontario's Framework for Reopening the Province

 

The Ontario government is allowing certain businesses and workplaces to reopen as long as they comply with strict public health measures and operate safely during the COVID-19 outbreak. Learn more about the framework for reopening our province. Businesses who have questions about the closure or reopening of workplaces or how emergency measures impact their business or employment can call the Stop the Spread Business Information Line at 1-888-444-3659. Help is available from Monday to Sunday, from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

 

Workplace PPE Supplier Directory

 

Ontario has set up a Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Supplier Directory to support employers in finding required supplies and equipment. Review a list of companies that sell PPE and other supplies to keep your employees and customers safe from COVID-19.

 

How Can Your Workplace Assist in Mitigating PPE Shortages?

 

The #OntarioTogether initiative invites people and businesses to share sources of supply for Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and innovative solutions to support Ontario’s response to COVID-19.

 

PSHSA COVID-19 Updates

The health and safety of our clients, staff and stakeholders is our top priority. PSHSA is closely monitoring the COVID-19 situation in Ontario and remains in constant consultation with the Province to evaluate potential service delivery implications and ensure we are taking action to safeguard our people, clients and communities.

Help Prevent the Spread of COVID-19

 

We ask that you continue to take precautions to help keep yourself and others healthy and safe:

 

  • Wash your hands with soap and water thoroughly and often.
  • Practice social distancing (2 metres).
  • Cough and sneeze into a tissue or your sleeve. Dispose of the tissue immediately and wash your hands or use alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Keep surfaces clean and disinfected.
  • Stay home if you are feeling ill.

 

We appreciate your support in helping us control the spread of infection to ensure we all remain healthy and safe. If you think you are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms or have been in close contact with someone who has it, use Ontario’s self-assessment tool to help determine if you need to seek further care.