HAMILTON, ONT. — In an effort to protect the health, safety and well-being of employees during the COVID-19 pandemic, the Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety (CCOHS) has made courses and publications available for free to help support workplaces.
CCOHS reminds workplaces that are still operating to promote frequent handwashing and healthy hygiene practices such as physical distancing to help prevent the spread of infection and to put plans in place that describe how they will continue to function during or after the pandemic which includes planning how key services or products can be continued, and the recovery of key business and systems, states a release.
The CCOHS provided materials are available for free, as well as other credible resources, on their Flu and Infectious Disease Outbreak website www.ccohs.ca/outbreaks and the pandemics topic page on the CCOHS website.
“In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, workplaces thrust into unfamiliar circumstances and facing the challenges that come with managing a remote workforce are turning to CCOHS for guidance,” said Anne Tennier, president and CEO, CCOHS, in a statement.
“In addition to having contingency plans in place to help them function, we can’t stress enough the importance of maintaining close communication within the organization. Reach out frequently to employees who become ill or are in quarantine. Have regular contact with those who are working from home to monitor their well-being, let them know you care and help with any feelings of isolation they made have. If you have the technology, video chats are a great way to keep an active connection going.”