How to file a health and safety report
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) Important: COVID-19 does not change your right to refuse to perform work in conditions that have the potential to harm you or others. This FAQs document answers some of the most common questions about the right to refuse unsafe work in light of the COVID-19 outbreak. For general questions on the right to refuse, see our Refusing Unsafe Work fact sheet. The right to refuse unsafe work is one of three basic health and safety rights achieved by the labour movement – along with the right to know about the hazards in your workplace, and the right to participate in workplace health and safety decisions.
Proper respiratory protection is essential to creating a safe working environment. COVID-19 can be highly infectious, and CUPE strongly recommends that personal protective equipment (PPE) precautions be implemented. The specific PPE needed, including masks and respirators, will vary based on the risks of a given task or workplace. Download the COVID-19 and the use of masks and respirators factsheets below Masks and respirators factsheet PDF English Masks and respirators factsheet PDF French
Personal protective equipment (PPE) exists to create a barrier between you and a patient/resident/client to prevent spread of a contaminant such as the virus that causes COVID-19 to either you or the patient. It exists to help protect your skin, airways, mucous membranes, and/or clothing. This factsheet summarizes use and care of gloves, gowns, masks, and eye protection. Refer also to the training materials relevant to your job, sector, or workplace.
Workers Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB) and COVID-19 If a worker has been exposed to an infectious substance such as COVID-19 while at work and becomes ill as a result they may be entitled to compensation through WSIB. As more COVID-19 cases appear in the workplace, successful claims will have to be able to track exposure and show that the workplace was a significant contributing factor to the illness. What should I do if I have been exposed, or believe I have been exposed, to COVID-19 at work?
Guidance notes for Home and Community Care Providers and Social Services Please note: Information contained herein is current as of March 22, 2020 These guidance notes can be used by members providing home care, a community care program and various social services. Workers in these programs and services often come into close contact with the public. As such, they risk being exposed to clients who may have COVID-19. These clients include:
The following hard-surface disinfectant products meet Health Canada’s requirements for emerging viral pathogens. These authorized disinfectants may be used against SARS-CoV-2, the coronavirus that causes COVID-19. Coronaviruses are enveloped viruses. This means they are one of the easiest viruses to kill with the appropriate disinfectant product when used according to the label directions. How to find out which disinfectant meets Health Canada’s requirements for COVID-19 Locate the Drug Identification Number (DIN) on the disinfectant product label Look for that number on the Disinfectants for Use Against SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) list Note: Health Canada will update this list regularly to include additional products, as new information becomes available.
SECTION 1: PURPOSE OF GUIDE The purpose of this guide is to provide CUPE members with a singular source of up-to-date information related to COVID-19 and occupational health and safety. This content will be maintained online and updated as needed. The guide covers: What is COVID-19 (Novel coronavirus) General protections from COVID-19 Occupational safety Sanitizing Respiratory protection Isolation and quarantine measure Role of the Union, Joint Occupational Health and Safety Committees and Health and Safety Representatives Lost wages Discrimination SECTION 2: WHAT IS COVID-19 (NOVEL CORONAVIRUS)?
CUPE NATIONAL GUIDANCE ON COVID-19 These guidelines have been amended for non-union workers. CUPE members will have the added protection of Collective Agreement language and the support of CUPE to ensure employers follow H&S laws as well as pressure them to pay workers when they are aid off, quarantined or self isolating. What are my employer’s obligations to provide me with personal protective equipment (“PPE”) to protect me against exposure to COVID-19?
CUPE Ontario Injured Workers Advocacy Committee recognizes the need to assist CUPE members in matters relating to WSIB. This includes all concerns from the initial filing of a claim to an Early and Safe Return to Work. The purpose of this handbook is to: • Acquaint workers with their rights and the employers’ obligations under the Workplace Safety and Insurance Act. • Provide a guide to the WSIB claim process including the proper procedures and how to obtain appropriate benefits.