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Health and Safety Association Guidance Documents for Workplaces During the COVID-19 Outbreak

The Ontario government works closely with four provincial health and safety associations (HSAs) to help set, communicate and enforce the Occupational Health and Safety Act.

In partnership with the Ministry of Labour, Training and Skills Development, the HSAs have released a series of more than 50 technical sector guidance documents to further support employers and employees in remaining safe in the workplace during the COVID-19 outbreak.

Infrastructure Health and Safety Association (IHSA) comprises the former Construction Safety Association of Ontario, Electrical & Utilities Safety Association of Ontario, and Transportation Health and Safety Association of Ontario. It serves the construction, electrical and utilities, aggregates, natural gas, ready-mix concrete and transportation sectors.

IHSA guidance documents can be found here.

Public Service Health and Safety Association(PSHSA) comprises the former Education Safety Association of Ontario, Municipal Health and Safety Association, and Ontario Safety Association for Community and Healthcare. It serves hospitals, nursing and retirement homes, residential and community care, universities and colleges, school boards, libraries and museums, municipalities, provincial government and agencies, police, fire and paramedics and First Nations.

PSHSA guidance documents can be found here.

Workplace Safety North(WSN) comprises the former Mines and Aggregates Safety and Health Association, Ontario Forestry Safe Workplace Association, Ontario Mine Rescue, and Pulp and Paper Health and Safety Association. It serves the forestry, mining, smelters, refineries, paper, printing and converting sectors.

WSN guidance documents can befoundhere.

Workplace Safety and Prevention Services(WSPS) comprises the former Farm Safety Association, Industrial Accident Prevention Association, and Ontario Service Safety Alliance. It serves the agriculture, manufacturing, and service sectors.

WSPS guidance documents can be found here.

The ministry has also prepared guidance notes for five key economic sectors :

HSA Sector Resource URL
IHSA Construction Guidance on Worker Procedures Handling Paperwork https://www.ihsa.ca/pdfs/alerts/COVID19/guidance-on-worker-procedures-handling-paperwork-during-covid-19.pdf
IHSA Construction Guidance on Worker Responsibilities with COVID-19 https://www.ihsa.ca/pdfs/alerts/COVID19/guidance-on-workers-responsibilities-with-covid-19.pdf
IHSA Construction Guidance on Construction Facility Hygiene During COVID-19 https://www.ihsa.ca/pdfs/alerts/COVID19/guidance-on-construction-facility-hygiene-during-covid-19.pdf
IHSA Construction Guidance on Construction Supervisor Responsibilities (COVID-19 Symptoms or Exposure) https://www.ihsa.ca/pdfs/alerts/COVID19/guidance-on-construction-supervisor-responsibilities.pdf
IHSA Construction Best Practices for the Employer- Responding to a Suspected COVID-19 Exposure https://www.ihsa.ca/pdfs/alerts/COVID19/best-practices-workplace-responsibilities-employer-in-construction-industry.pdf
IHSA Construction Best Practices for the Constructor – Responding to a Suspected COVID-19 Exposure https://www.ihsa.ca/pdfs/alerts/COVID19/best-practices-workplace-responsibilities-constructor-in-construction-industry.pdf
IHSA Construction Guidance on Tool Sharing (Hand Tools) Constructor/Employer Procedure During COVID-19 https://www.ihsa.ca/pdfs/alerts/COVID19/guidance-on-tool-sharing-constructor-employer-procedure-during-covid-19.pdf
IHSA Construction Guidance on PPE (Cleaning Respirators) During COVID-19 https://www.ihsa.ca/pdfs/alerts/COVID19/guidance-on-ppe-cleaning-respirators-during-covid-19.pdf
IHSA Transportation Guidance on Shippers and Receivers During COVID-19 https://www.ihsa.ca/pdfs/alerts/COVID19/guidance-on-shippers-and-receivers-during-covid-19.pdf
IHSA Transportation Guidance on Mental Health Awareness for Transport Drivers During COVID-19 https://www.ihsa.ca/pdfs/alerts/COVID19/guidance-on-mental-health-awareness-for-transport-drivers-during-covid-19.pdf
IHSA Transportation Guidance on Precautions for Transport Drivers During COVID-19 https://www.ihsa.ca/pdfs/alerts/COVID19/guidance-on-precautions-for-transport-drivers-during-covid-19.pdf
IHSA Transportation Guidance on Fuelling of Vehicles During COVID-19 https://www.ihsa.ca/pdfs/alerts/COVID19/guidance-on-fuelling-of-vehicles-during-covid-19.pdf
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Guidance on Handling and Receiving Packages (All Persons at Work or at Home) During COVID-19 https://www.ihsa.ca/pdfs/alerts/COVID19/guidance-on-handling-and-receiving-packages-during-covid-19.pdf
IHSA Transportation Guidance on Cleaning and Sanitizing Inside Your Vehicle During COVID-19 https://www.ihsa.ca/pdfs/alerts/COVID19/guidance-on-cleaning-sanitizing-inside-your-vehicle-during-covid-19.pdf
IHSA Transportation Transportation Services Health and Safety During COVID-19 https://www.ihsa.ca/pdfs/alerts/COVID19/transportation-services-health-and-safety-during-covid-19.pdf
IHSA Transportation Guidance on Rest Stop Hygiene During COVID-19 https://www.ihsa.ca/pdfs/alerts/COVID19/guidance-on-rest-stop-hygiene-during-covid-19.pdf
IHSA Transportation Guidance on Hours of Service and Fatigue Management (For Employers) During COVID-19 https://www.ihsa.ca/pdfs/alerts/COVID19/guidance-on-hours-of-service-and-fatigue-management-for-employers-during-covid-19.pdf
IHSA Utilities Guidance on Performing Powerline Technician (PLT) Tasks During COVID-19 https://www.ihsa.ca/pdfs/alerts/COVID19/guidance-on-performing-powerline-technician-plt-tasks-during-covid-19.pdf
IHSA Utilities Waste Collection Worker Health and Safety During COVID-19 https://www.ihsa.ca/pdfs/alerts/COVID19/waste-collection-worker-health-and-safety-during-covid-19.pdf
PSHSA Health Care Health and Safety Guidance During COVID-19 For Food Services in Health Care https://www.pshsa.ca/resources/health-and-safety-guidance-during-covid-19-for-foodservice-workers-in-healthcare
PSHSA Health Care Health and Safety Guidance During COVID-19 For Long Term Care https://www.pshsa.ca/resources/health-and-safety-guidance-during-covid-19-for-long-term-ca
PSHSA Health Care Health and Safety Guidance During COVID-19 For Community Laboratory And Specimen Collection Centres https://www.pshsa.ca/resources/health-and-safety-guidance-during-covid-19-for-community-laboratory-and-specimen-collection-centres
PSHSA Health Care Health and Safety Guidance During COVID-19 For Physician and Primary Care Provider Employers https://www.pshsa.ca/resources/health-and-safety-guidance-during-covid-19-for-physician-and-primary-care-provider-employers
PSHSA Health Care COVID-19: Precautions When Working As A Personal Support Worker, Home and Care Provider https://www.pshsa.ca/resources/covid-19-precautions-when-working-as-a-personal-support-worker-home-and-care-provider
PSHSA Social Services Health and Safety Guidance During COVID-19 For Social & Community Services (Group Homes) Employers https://www.pshsa.ca/resources/health-and-safety-guidance-during-covid-1for-social-community-services-group-homes-employers
PSHSA Corrections COVID-19: Precautions When Working As A Correctional Officer https://www.pshsa.ca/resources/covid-19-precautions-when-working-as-a-correctional-office
PSHSA Office Health and Safety Guidance During COVID-19 For Employers of Office Settings https://www.pshsa.ca/resources/health-and-safety-guidance-during-covid-19-for-employers-of-office-settings
PSHSA Transit Health and Safety Guidance During COVID-19 For Transit Employers https://www.pshsa.ca/resources/health-and-safety-guidance-during-covid-19-for-transit-employers
PSHSA Transit COVID-19: Precautions When Working As A Transit Worker https://www.pshsa.ca/resources/covid-19-precautions-when-working-as-a-transit-work
PSHSA Police Services Health and Safety Guidance During COVID-19 For Police Service Workers https://www.pshsa.ca/resources/health-and-safety-guidance-during-covid-19-for-police-service-workers
PSHSA Fire Services Health and Safety Guidance During COVID-19 For Firefighters https://www.pshsa.ca/resources/health-and-safety-guidance-during-covid-19-for-firefighters
WSN Mining Guidance on mining during COVID-19 https://www.workplacesafetynorth.ca/sites/default/files/uploads/COVID-19-Workplace-Safety-North-Mining-Guidance-2020-04-08.pdf
WSN Forestry Guidance on forestry during COVID-19 https://www.workplacesafetynorth.ca/sites/default/files/uploads/COVID-19-Workplace-Safety-North-Forestry-Guidance-2020-04-08.pdf
WSPS Retail COVID-19 Health and Safety Guidance for Cashiers https://www.wsps.ca/WSPS/media/Site/Resources/Downloads/covid-19-cashiers-health-and-safety-guidance.pdf?ext=.pdf
WSPS Retail COVID-19 Health and Safety Guidance for Retail Sector https://www.wsps.ca/WSPS/media/Site/Resources/Downloads/covid-19-retail-health-and-safety-guidance.pdf?ext=.pdf
WSPS Retail COVID-19 Health and Safety Guidance for Retail General Labour Employees https://www.wsps.ca/WSPS/media/Site/Resources/Downloads/covid-19-retail-labour-employees-health-and-safety-guidance.pdf?ext=.pdf
WSPS Food Retail COVID-19 Health and Safety Guidance for Stock, Produce, Meat or Grocery Associates https://www.wsps.ca/WSPS/media/Site/Resources/Downloads/covid-19-meat-grocery-health-and-safety-guidance.pdf?ext=.pdf
WSPS Food Retail COVID-19 Health and Safety Guidance for Food Retail Sector https://www.wsps.ca/WSPS/media/Site/Resources/Downloads/covid-19-food-retail-health-and-safety-guidance.pdf?ext=.pdf
WSPS General COVID-19 Health and Safety Guidance for Curbside Pick Up and Delivery Services https://www.wsps.ca/WSPS/media/Site/Resources/Downloads/covid-19-delivery-service-health-and-safety-guidance.pdf?ext=.pdf
WSPS General COVID-19 Health and Safety Guidance for Executives and Management https://www.wsps.ca/WSPS/media/Site/Resources/Downloads/covid-19-management-health-and-safety-guidance.pdf?ext=.pdf
WSPS General COVID-19 Health and Safety Guidance for Sales and Customer Service Representatives https://www.wsps.ca/WSPS/media/Site/Resources/Downloads/covid-19-sales-health-and-safety-guidance.pdf?ext=.pdf
WSPS Transportation COVID-19 Health and Safety Guidance for Driver and Truck Driver https://www.wsps.ca/WSPS/media/Site/Resources/Downloads/covid-19-drivers-health-and-safety-guidance.pdf?ext=.pdf
WSPS Transportation COVID-19 Health and Safety Guidance for Shipping and Receiving Personnel https://www.wsps.ca/WSPS/media/Site/Resources/Downloads/covid-19-shipping-health-and-safety-guidance.pdf?ext=.pdf
WSPS Funeral COVID-19 Health and Safety Guidance for Funeral Jobs https://www.wsps.ca/WSPS/media/Site/Resources/Downloads/covid-19-funeral-workers-health-and-safety-guidance.pdf?ext=.pdf
WSPS Hospitality COVID-19 Health and Safety Guidance for Hotel Reception, Room Service and Front Line Staff https://www.wsps.ca/WSPS/media/Site/Resources/Downloads/covid-19-hotel-reception-health-and-safety-guidance.pdf?ext=.pdf
WSPS Hospitality COVID-19 Health and Safety Guidance for Hotel Housekeeping and Laundry https://www.wsps.ca/WSPS/media/Site/Resources/Downloads/covid-19-housekeeping-health-and-safety-guidance.pdf?ext=.pdf
WSPS Maintenance COVID-19 Health and Safety Guidance for Maintenance and Facilities Maintenance Employees https://www.wsps.ca/WSPS/media/Site/Resources/Downloads/covid-19-maintenance-employees-health-and-safety-guidance.pdf?ext=.pdf
WSPS Office COVID-19 Health and Safety Guidance for Office Administration and Secretarial Staff https://www.wsps.ca/WSPS/media/Site/Resources/Downloads/covid-19-office-admin-health-and-safety-guidance.pdf?ext=.pdf
WSPS Office COVID-19 Health and Safety Guidance for Office Sector https://www.wsps.ca/WSPS/media/Site/Resources/Downloads/covid-19-office-health-and-safety-guidance.pdf?ext=.pdf
WSPS Manufacturing COVID-19 Health and Safety Guidance for Equipment Operators and General Labourers https://www.wsps.ca/WSPS/media/Site/Resources/Downloads/covid-19-equipment-operators-health-and-safety-guidance.pdf?ext=.pdf
WSPS Manufacturing COVID-19 Health and Safety Guidance for Quality Control Engineers and Technicians https://www.wsps.ca/WSPS/media/Site/Resources/Downloads/covid-19-qa-engineers-health-and-safety-guidance.pdf?ext=.pdf
WSPS Manufacturing COVID-19 Health and Safety Guidance for Supervisors, Production & Operations Management https://www.wsps.ca/WSPS/media/Site/Resources/Downloads/covid-19-operations-management-health-and-safety-guidance.pdf?ext=.pdf
WSPS Manufacturing COVID-19 Health and Safety Guidance for Warehouse Workers, Forklift Operators & Material Handlers https://www.wsps.ca/WSPS/media/Site/Resources/Downloads/covid-19-warehouse-workers-health-and-safety-guidance.pdf?ext=.pdf
WSPS Manufacturing COVID-19 Health and Safety Guidance for Warehousing Sector https://www.wsps.ca/WSPS/media/Site/Resources/Downloads/covid-19-vehicle-sales-health-and-safety-guidance.pdf?ext=.pdf
WSPS Auto COVID-19 Health and Safety Guidance for Service Managers, Service Technicians and other Vehicle Sales and Service Employees https://www.wsps.ca/WSPS/media/Site/Resources/Downloads/covid-19-body-shop-health-and-safety-guidance.pdf?ext=.pdf
WSPS Auto COVID-19 Health and Safety Guidance for Vehicle Sales and Service Sector https://www.wsps.ca/WSPS/media/Site/Resources/Downloads/covid-19-vehicle-sales-health-and-safety-guidance.pdf?ext=.pdf
WSPS Film/TV COVID-19 Health and Safety Guidance for Television Hosts, Technical Crews and other TV and Film Employees https://www.wsps.ca/WSPS/media/Site/Resources/Downloads/covid-19-tv-hosts-crew-health-and-safety-guidance.pdf?ext=.pdf
WSPS Film/TV COVID-19 Health and Safety Guidance for Television, Film and Live Performance Sector https://www.wsps.ca/WSPS/media/Site/Resources/Downloads/covid-19-television-health-and-safety-guidance.pdf?ext=.pdf
WSPS Tourism/Hospitality COVID-19 Health and Safety Guidance for Tourism and Hospitality Sector https://www.wsps.ca/WSPS/media/Site/Resources/Downloads/covid-19-tourism-health-and-safety-guidance.pdf?ext=.pdf
WSPS Agriculture COVID-19 Health and Safety Guidance for Agricultural Workers https://www.wsps.ca/WSPS/media/Site/Images/Icons/covid-19-agricultural-workers-health-and-safety-guidance.pdf?ext=.pdf
WSPS Restaurants COVID-19 Health and Safety Guidance for Restaurant Servers, Cooks and Dishwashers https://www.wsps.ca/WSPS/media/Site/Resources/Downloads/covid-19-restaurant-workers-health-and-safety-guidance.pdf?ext=.pdf
WSPS General COVID-19 Health and Safety Guidance for Lawn-Care Workers https://www.wsps.ca/WSPS/media/Site/Resources/Downloads/covid-19-lawn-care-health-and-safety-guidance.pdf?ext=.pdf
WSPS Retail COVID-19 Health and Safety Guidance for Garden Centre Workers https://www.wsps.ca/WSPS/media/Site/Resources/Downloads/covid-19-garden-centre-health-and-safety-guidance.pdf?ext=.pdf
WSPS General Health and Safety Guidance for Marinas https://www.wsps.ca/WSPS/media/Site/Resources/Downloads/covid-19-marinas-health-and-safety-guidance.pdf?ext=.pdf
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