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As Ontario continues to make positive progress in flattening the COVID-19 curve, we are continually monitoring the pandemic status.
While many parts of Ontario are moving on to Phase 3 on Friday, some areas, including the Hamilton and Niagara regions will remain in Phase 2. Those regions that are remaining in Phase 2 will be reviewed weekly.
We are currently not running any public classes but we are continuing to provide training at our client sites in smaller groups. If you require any type of training, let me know and we will work with to make sure your participants receive the training they require, while keeping the class sizes smaller and keeping everyone safe.
We can also provide most of our training courses via Zoom. You get all the benefits of live in person training, while minimizing the risks in doing so.
We are making our plans to start holding public Joint Health and Safety Committee Certification, Forklift and Overhead Crane classes in late August early September, as long as we get the green light from the health professionals and the government. In order to maintain the proper distancing when we do start running our public classes, we are looking at holding them at a hotel conference room, which is a larger venue so we can space the participants out accordingly.
Joint Health and Safety Committee certification class.
We are still waiting for our approval for the new online JHSC Part 1 course that will be available soon. Once we do get our approval, we'll be letting you know through emails and also on our site.
From the Ontario government website in regards to the JHSC Refresher extension - Some members of JHSCs now have until November 30, 2020 to complete refresher training. This applies to members whose certification expires between February 28, 2020 and August 31, 2020. The extension does not apply to JHSC Part 1 or Part 2 training.
If you require any information in regards to your JHSC certification, you can contact the Ministry of Labour at 877-202-0008.
We are here to help you should you require any guidance with your protocols, procedures, policies, etc., or if you just have a question. BULLIVANT Health + Safety may be reached via telephone at 905-664-4943 or through email at firstname.lastname@example.org should you have any questions or concerns.
Online Safety Training now available
We have successfully added online training options to our website.
If you do complete the Forklift, Aerial Lift or Overhead Crane, we can arrange to have our trainer come to your facility after completion and provide the Competemcy Evaluation at a reduced rate due to the pandemic.
Go to - www.training.bullivant.ca/
Some of the other courses available are:
- Transportation of Dangerous Goods
- WHMIS 2015
- Confined Space Awareness
- Violence and Harassment and many more
First Aid Blended Learning with First Aid 4 U
The Red Cross has officially launched a blended first aid course where the online portion now qualifies you for a valid first aid certificate. This certificate will be a ‘temporary’ certificate which means once the quarantine is lifted, the in-class skills component will then be required.
The following courses qualify for the online Blended Training program and the temporary valid certificate :
- CPR Training Courses;
- Emergency First Aid and CPR Courses;
- Standard First Aid and CPR Courses;
- Re-Certification Courses.
The Canadian Red Cross and WSIB have decided to make the online first aid course a valid ‘temporary’ certificate to ensure all individuals can maintain a First Aid certificate during this time (especially front line workers). Once you complete the online course, we will email you a letter that you can show your employer, along with the certificate from the online course, that states the certificate is recognized as a valid but temporary Red Cross first aid certificate.
If you are interested please let First Aid 4 U know by calling 1-866-966-4566 or register online by visiting First Aid 4 U.
Working at Heights regulation amendment
The provincial government has announced a regulation change regarding Working at Heights (WAH) training. Effective March 27, O. Reg. 297/13 is amended by O. Reg. 96/20 to temporarily extend the validity period of WAH training for workers who successfully completed an approved course between February 28, 2017 and August 31, 2017. The validity period for this training is extended to four years from the current three years.
As a result of the current COVID-19 outbreak, workers may be unable to complete their WAH refresher due to course cancellations. This amendment allows workers whose WAH training is scheduled to expire to continue working and constructors and employers to continue engaging these workers on construction projects.
Please note that the related training requirements for workers who use fall protection systems on construction projects, which are found in section 26.2 of O. Reg. 213/91 (Construction Projects) under the OHSA, are not affected by this amendment. Employers must continue to comply with the requirements in section 26.2.
Workplaces that remain open during this COVID-19 pandemic must be vigilant in ensuring the health and safety of its workers.
As per the Occupational Health and Safety Act, employers shall “take every precaution reasonable in the circumstances” to protect workers. This statement may seem a little vague, especially in times like these, but we are here to give you some tips to help guide you through these uncertain times.
Whenever possible, employers should allow employees to work from home. This will allow for less people in the workplace, and therefore the risk of spreading and contracting COVID-19 will be mitigated.
When working from home is not possible, employers should encourage physical distancing within the workplace. This means that, if possible, employees should remain 2 metres (6 feet) apart at all times. If a meeting is scheduled to take place, perhaps consider a skype meeting or a conference call.
Proper hand hygiene is, according to top experts, one of the best ways to prevent the spread of COVID-19. You may want to put hand sanitizer units around your facility. You should also encourage all employees to participate in regular and proper hand washing with soap and water. It would be beneficial to show the following video to all employees to ensure effective hand washing is taking place:
It is very important to make sure that all employees are aware that they must notify their supervisor when they are sick. The employer must ensure that all employees who feel ill stay home to prevent others from getting sick.
Regular cleaning and disinfecting measures should be increased while this pandemic carries on. This may include having cleaning staff come in more often than before. Additionally, if not already being done, you may ask your employees to wipe down surfaces that they use daily.
As the situation continues to change daily, we encourage all of our clients to keep up to date and follow the guidelines outlined by our Public Health Officials and Provincial and Federal Government Officials. The following website is a helpful resource to keep track of all COVID-19-related updates in Ontario:
Please also feel free to reach out to us via telephone at 905-664-4943 , or email at email@example.com should you have any questions or concerns.
As the virus continues to spread, it is important that we all do our part to help contain it. Physical distancing, washing our hands regularly, not touching our faces, and staying home are some of the main ways that we can stop the spread of COVID-19 and reduce the burden on our healthcare system.
Our healthcare workers are currently on the front lines battling this virus. Without their expertise and dedication, we would have already lost the fight. Let’s say thank you to these workers by doing what we can from home.
However, staying home in isolation in addition to feeling anxious about current worldwide uncertainties are key factors that may take a toll on your mental health. Fortunately, there are multiple online tools that have been created to help us pull through.
Please take a look at the following mental health support website links if you feel that you or someone you know may benefit from them:
As we continue to take extra precautions, we encourage all of our clients to follow the guidelines outlined by our Public Health Officials in an effort to keep ourselves and others safe. Visit Public Health Ontario and the Public Health Agency of Canada regularly to stay abreast of any updates and changes.
We will continue to send these COVID-19 updates and will be updating our website as needed to keep all of our clients well-informed.