VAUGHAN, ONT. — Eight major contractor associations in Ontario’s construction industry have launched a COVID-19 vaccination survey to find out how many workplaces have a vaccination policy in place and gather data on what percentage of workers are fully vaccinated.
The survey will close at the end of September. The data will be used to adjust the industry’s COVID and vaccine promotion efforts, stated a Sept. 14 release.
“The construction industry has been a leader in keeping workers safe from COVID-19 by adopting an all-hands-on-deck approach and implementing a continuous improvement model to COVID health and safety,” said Andrew Pariser, vice-president of the Residential Construction Council of Ontario (RESCON) and chair of the association’s health and safety committee. “The health and safety of our workforce has always been the paramount concern. Employers put protocols in place early on in the pandemic and we have consistently worked closely with the government and health and safety agencies to update these procedures, policies and regulations to keep workers safe.
“As a result, our industry remained open and transmission on sites remained low. As we battle the fourth wave, we must focus on making sure that all workers are double-vaccinated because the vaccines work.”
The associations will use the survey to better understand how many workers still need to be vaccinated and the leading reasons for vaccine hesitancy. The survey has 10 questions and is anonymous.
Sponsors of the survey are RESCON, the Ontario Sewer and Watermain Construction Association, Ontario Residential Council of Construction Associations, Heavy Construction Association of Toronto, Ontario General Contractors Association, Ontario Home Builders’ Association, Ontario Road Builders’ Association, and Toronto and Area Road Builders Association. The survey can be found at https://bit.ly/3npNts0.