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ONTARIO BUILDING TRADES COVID-19 VACCINATION POLICY STATEMENT

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In light of the Omicron variant and ongoing concerns with workplace exposure, we are providing a Tool Kit in how to deal with workplace issues and how to escalate to MLTSD. Additionally, we are attaching a document dealing with masking and appropriate eye wear when workers must work within 2- meters of each other.

Below, we are providing links where you can register to receive antigen test kits, rapid tests and PPE.

 

Register for the Program:  https://covid-19.ontario.ca/provincial-antigen-screening-program

Ordering after part of the program:  https://www.ppesupply.ontario.ca/

Rapid tests will now be harder to come by for many Ontarians. Here's what you need to know:

https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/toronto/ontario-rapid-test-update-1.6306301

Ontario Free rapid tests for organizations (eligibility check):

https://covid-19.ontario.ca/get-free-rapid-tests

What to do if you are not eligible:

https://covid-19.ontario.ca/get-free-rapid-tests#what-to-do-if-you-are-not-eligible

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Click here to read Workplace Practices to Prevent  the Omicron Variant 
 

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Click here to read The Ontario Building Trades Submission to Bill 27

(Working for Workers Act, 2021)

The Centre of Research Expertise for the Prevention of Musculoskeletal disorders (CRE-MSD) has released a three-part resource paper series that explains the structure of Ontario’s Health & Safety System. These papers outline the roles of the various partner organizations that make up the system, and provide a snapshot of the services, resources, and expertise that each organization contributes to occupational health and safety in Ontario.

The three papers are organized as follows:

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BULLETIN

8/10/2021   |   Substance Use and the Workplace: Supporting Employers and Employees in the Trades [toolkit]

This collection of resources contains links from more than 30 organizations and can be used by employers and employees to help reduce the harms of substance use for Canadians, particularly those working in construction and the trades. 

7/20/2021   |   PREVENTION WORKS 

Prevention Works is the OHS system’s five-year strategy that builds on the successes of the past while also creating a renewed vision and foundation for the future. Prevention Works will guide the OHS system in assessing the current landscape and provide us with the tools and direction we need to achieve our objectives and intended outcomes.

7/9/2021   |   FOLLOW THE SCIENCE. ENFORCE THE LAW. PROTECT WORKERS ( Ontario Federation of Labour)  

In this document, the Ontario Federation of Labour emphasizes the importance of following the science regarding COVID-19, and provides guidance on what workers need and what should be done now (e.g., strong enforcement and cooperation within the health and safety system, enhanced and sufficient ventilation, etc.) in order to safely operate on the workplace. 

7/9/2021   |   ASBESTOS MANAGEMENT IN CANADA: ASSESSING THE NEED FOR A NATIONAL STANDARD (CSA GROUP)  

The aim of this research project was to explore potential gaps and best practices in asbestos management in Canada and to determine if there is a need for the development of a national standard. You can find the report at the following link:

 https://www.csagroup.org/article/research/asbestos-management-in-canada-assessing-the-need-for-a-national-standard/

6/25/2021   |    CHANGING CIRCUMSTANCES SURROUNDING OPIOID-RELATED DEATHS IN ONTARIO DURING THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC  

The Office of the Chief Coroner for Ontario/Ontario Forensic Pathology Service (OCC/OFPS) and Public Health Ontario (PHO) have developed a new report describing patterns surrounding opioid-related deaths that occurred in Ontario during the COVID-19 pandemic up to the end of December 2020. This report updates the data provided in a preliminary report released in November 2020 describing patterns that occurred during the first three months of the pandemic.

 5/10/2021   |   COVID-19 VACCINES & CONSTRUCTION

As of May 10th, 2021 all construction workers in the province of Ontario are eligible for COVID-19 vaccination.  Construction workers have been deemed essential workers who cannot work from home and have been prioritized to receive vaccination. 

Regardless of geographic location, workers are eligible to book a COVID-19 vaccination appointment. Workers can access the vaccination Ontario website (https://covid-19.ontario.ca/book-vaccine/) to book an appointment.

If you require additional clarification, please contact Carmine Tiano at carmine@ontariobuildingtrades.com or on his cell phone (416) 899-7913. 

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