Algoma Public Health
COVID-19 Safety at Work
Resources and signage from APH and provincial associations are provided by sector to prevent COVID-19 in the workplace.
For additional sector-specific health and safety measures to protect workers and customers, review provincial guidance documents from the Ministry of Labour, Training and Skills Development and provincial health and safety associations (Government of Ontario). The Ministry of Labour, Training and Skills Development has also has a safety checklist workplaces and employers can go through to ensure they are developing policies and putting practices into place to protect their employees, customers, and the general public.
Online COVID-19 Screening Tools
The questions in these tools have been defined by the Ministry of Health
Face Masks and Face Coverings
Wearing a Face Mask in the Workplace
It is strongly recommended that employees wear personal protective equipment (PPE) that protects their eyes, nose and mouth (e.g. medical mask and eye protection) if in the course of their work they are:
- Required to come within 2 metres of another person, even if that person is wearing a mask
Employees who are required to come within 2 metres of an unmasked person during the course of providing services must wear PPE (a mask and eye protection), unless separated by plexiglass or some other impermeable barrier.
Examples of PPE include a medical or surgical mask, goggles, and face shields. Cloth masks and 3-ply disposable masks are considered source control, not PPE. A list of Health Canada approved PPE is available to review.
- Businesses or organizations must ensure that masks or face coverings are worn by any person (including members of the public and workers) in the indoor area of the business or organization, with limited exceptions.
- Face coverings should be tightly fitted to cover the nose, mouth and chin. Scarves, buffs, balaclavas, and bandanas are insufficient.
APH and the provincial government are not asking businesses to require proof of medical or other such exemptions from customers or employees.
It is also recommended to wear a face covering outdoors whenever face-to-face with someone outside of your household especially if you are within two metres.
More information for the provincial regulation is available.
Check out our Face Mask in the Workplace FAQs
Guidance for Employers Managing Workers with Symptoms within 48 Hours of COVID-19 Immunization (learn more)
Similar to other vaccines, the COVID-19 vaccine can cause side effects although not everyone will experience them. Most side effects are mild to moderate in severity and may occur in the first day or two after receiving the vaccine. Side effects often get better on their own within several days of immunization.
Common side effects include: pain, redness or swelling at the injection site, as well as tiredness, headache, muscle pain, chills, joint pain, and fever. This document will provide guidance for workplaces on managing common side effects of the COVID 19 vaccine that employees may experience
Employees Returning to Work
It is important to develop strategies to minimize exposure to the virus that causes COVID-19 by providing staff training on the required public health measures. For information related to employees returning to work read our COVID-19 Guidance for Workplaces and Businesses where you will find information on:
- The number of staff, clients, or customers in indoor setting
- What you can do to mimimize exposure for your employees
- Staff health screening and attendance
- What to do about screening of clients and customers
- Strategies to maintain physical distancing
- Hand hygiene and respiratory etiquette
- Enhanced Cleaning and Disinfection
- Importance of Masks/Face Covering for Clients/Customers
- Role of the Employer during a Workplace COVID-19 Outbreak
Still have questions?
Check out our Employee Return to Work FAQs
- Guidance Employees Returning to Work
- Resources to prevent COVID-19 in the workplace
- Guidance for employers during breaks
- Break poster
- Lunch poster
- Keep it to yourself poster
- COVID-19 safety checklist for workplaces
- Algoma Public Health - Workplace Signage (Indoor/Outdoor/Staff)
- Cleaning and Disinfection for Public Settings
If you have questions about what will be open or impacts to your business or employment, call or email:
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