The Ontario government is advising businesses to get ready to reopen and that “we’re getting close”.
On Monday the Ford government released A Framework for Reopening our Province and today they issued Workplace Safety Guidelines that employers in certain sectors will “need to protect workers, customers, and the general public from COVID-19 as it prepares for a gradual reopening of the provincial economy.” The news release provides:
The government safety guidelines released today will provide direction to those working in manufacturing, food manufacturing and processing, restaurant and food service, and the agricultural sector. These measures build on more than 60 guidelines developed by Ontario’s health and safety associations in response to COVID-19 for various sectors such as retail, health care, construction, transportation, police services, firefighters, and transit employees.
The Sector Specific Guidelines can be found here and:
…. contain recommendations and tips for employers on how to keep workers safe on the job. Posters for both employers and workers also offer advice on preventative actions, including physical distancing and workplace sanitation. Employers are encouraged to download the posters to print and post in the workplace.
The government also confirmed that 58 new inspectors have been hired and they, along with the existing inspectors, “will be tasked with communicating COVID-19 safety guidelines to essential workplaces or enforcing emergency measures, including physical distancing and the closure of non-essential businesses.”
The government has also made available Health and Safety Association Guidance Documents for Workplaces During the COVID-19 Outbreak.
The Sector Specific Guidelines for those working in the construction, manufacturing, food processing, restaurant and food service, and the agricultural sectors are designed to assist employers in these sector in getting ready for an eventual reopening. Read in conjunction with Reopening Ontario after COVID-19 and the Framework, these guidelines are part of the staged and measured approach to re-opening the economy that the government has been communicating.