COVID19 – Tickner

To our valued clients:

We have seen the havoc that COVID-19 has wreaked in Ontario workplaces over the past year.

While the COVID-19 situation is changing rapidly, the legislation and regulations used to govern Ontario’s workplaces are not. Even as more and more of the country becomes vaccinated – and with the  province slowly reopening – all of us are still encouraged to continue following COVID-19 guidelines as much as possible.

The fight against COVID-19 is not over yet; we still need to use every means available to bring this pandemic completely under control.

This is no time to be complacent.

That is why ensuring our workplaces remain safe is crucial to keeping all of us safe.

Using proper physical distancing measures, adequate handwashing practices, and good overall hygiene remains key to preventing the spread and flattening the curve of new cases. Workplace pandemic preparedness measures and procedures – and a large dose of vigilance – are our sharpest tools in our prevention kit.

It is also why every workplace must have COVID-19 best practices and workplace responsibilities prevention programs — and that employers and workers be engaged in every phase of its development and implementation. These prevention and preparedness programs need to be vigorously, and visibly, enforced.

All of our clients have taken advantage of our experience with COVID-19 response and implemented safe work practices and policies.  Also, technology has also progressed to the point where employees are completing touchless body temperature checks and QR code questionnaires, using a smartphone app, before being allowed on job sites.

On March 17, 2021, the provincial government published guidance for businesses and employees with respect to voluntary, supervised self-swabbing for COVID-19 via rapid antigen point-of-care tests. These tests can be performed at workplaces by trained individuals and do not require shipping a specimen to a lab for processing.

This guidance will make it easier for organizations to offer onsite testing as part of efforts to support a safe return to work.

As your health and compliance experts, we, too, are closely watching and monitoring the situation, and continue to be on the frontlines, 24/7, to assist some of our country’s finest industry leaders and countless subtrades that supply services for the construction and development industry.

We know this is a stressful time and we are always here to help.

Tickner Safety