Occupational health tool kit: Preventing the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) in workplaces in the Government of Canada’s core public administration

From: Health Canada


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Organization: Health Canada

Date published: June 2020

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Personal preventive measures

Personal preventive measures tip sheet #1: Diligently practicing hand hygiene, respiratory etiquette, and physical distancing whenever possible at work, at home and in the community.

Building cleaning and barriers

Building cleaning and barriers tip sheet #2: Removing the sources of exposure as much as possible, by means such as environmental cleaning and physical barriers.

Modified policies, procedures, and practices

Modified policies, procedures and practices tip sheet #3: Containing and adjusting the movement of employees to minimize exposure to the virus, while taking into consideration functional and operational requirement and capacity, to support physical distancing.

Personal protective equipment (PPE)

Personal protective equipment (PPE) tip sheet #4: PPE is the last line of defence when all other measures are not practical, inadequate or exhausted. The use of PPE to prevent exposure should follow the Public Health Agency of Canada's public health guidance and Health Canada's Public Service Occupational Health Program advisories.

COVID-19 Occupational Health Tool Kit

  • This Occupational Health Tool Kit is based on public health guidance. It is to be used in conjunction with any direction from the Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat's Office of the Chief Human Resources Officer, and applied through departmental Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) processes as per the accountabilities of Deputy Heads. Updates will be made as required, based on any changes to public health advice.
  • The Tool Kit is general by design so that Departments and Agencies can adapt and tailor the guidance to their unique circumstances and needs, and to the diversity of their workforces (based on the gender, ethnicity/culture, ability and other socioeconomic and demographic factors). Tips apply to a wide range of work environments including operational centres, laboratories and other science-based activities, regulatory enforcement activities, field operations, and office settings.
  • Local public health advice will vary from jurisdiction to jurisdiction.  Departments and agencies must work with their Occupational Health and Safety policy committees to adopt a tailored approach by workplace location, based on the local context for COVID-19.
  • Although the Tool Kit contains some information from the Public Service Occupational Health Program's (PSOHP) pre-existing General Occupational Health Advisory for COVID-19, managers should continue to consult PSOHP's General Advisory and Annexes for any information not in this Occupational Health Tool Kit, including guidance for specific workplaces or work situations such as Points of Entry and Missions Abroad.

Prepared by Health Canada's Public Service Occupational Health Program (PSOHP)

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