The Ontario government, in partnership with Ontario’s health and safety associations, has released more than 170 health and safety guidance resources covering a wide range of workplaces.
TBDHU has also developed guidelines and tips for specific work settings. See the list below.
- NO personal containers allowed (single-use, disposable containers provided by the food establishment ONLY)
- TBDHU COVID-19 Guidance Document for Food Premises
- Guidance for the Restaurant and Food Services Sector - Ministry of Labour, Training and Skills Development
- Guidance for Food Premises Best Practices Summary Sheet - Government of Ontario (PDF)
- Best Practices for Food Delivery (PDF)
- Physical Distancing Sign (Restaurants/ Take Out) (English PDF)
Grocery and Food Retail Stores
- NO self-serve food items at grocery and convenience stores e.g. soup, olive bars, hot dogs machines; items that are normally self-serve can be pre-packaged by staff in take-out containers.
- Bulk Food Stores:
- Ensure customers practice mandatory hand hygiene (hand wash or apply alcohol-based hand sanitizer or be provided with a pair of disposable gloves) before handling scoops.
- Consider pre-bagging products so that customers do not have to self-serve
- Ensure scoops are cleaned and sanitized frequently
- Guidance on Health and Safety for Food Retail Sector during COVID-19 - Workplace Safety & Prevention Services (English PDF)
- Guidance on Health and Safety for Stock, Produce, Meat or Grocery Associates during COVID-19 - Workplace Safety & Prevention Services (English PDF)
Personal Service Settings
- TBDHU COVID-19 Guidance Document for Personal Service Settings
- Note: a mandatory mask poster specific to personal service settings will be a part of a package to be distributed by a public health inspector. If you own or operate a personal service setting and have not received this package, please contact the TBDHU to request one. You can download and print the applicable poster from the links below.
Workplaces with Communal Living Arrangements
There are special considerations for worksites that provide communal living arrangements for staff such as mines in remote locations.
- Infection prevention and control measures mentioned above should be followed. All workers and essential visitors should be instructed to self-monitor for COVID-19 signs and symptoms and inform their supervisor as soon as they begin to feel unwell. Workers and essential visitors should be screened at the start and end of each shift.
- Instruct staff who answer YES to any of the screening questions (in the Screening tab above) to go home, to self-isolate immediately and call TBDHU at (807) 625-5900 or Toll-Free at 1 (888) 294-6630 for further instructions.
- When it is not possible for staff experiencing symptoms to go home, immediately place them away from others and call TBDHU for further direction. Be prepared to support staff to access testing and safely self-isolate for 14 days.
- Wherever possible, provide separate rooms, units or an alternate shelter location for the purpose of self-isolation. Ideally, this location would also have a separate washroom.
- Encourage staff in self-isolation to keep a 2 metre (6 foot) distance from others. Wear a mask (especially in indoor public settings and public transportation). Ensure staff are educated on the proper use of masks and have access to new masks.
- If separate isolation rooms are not possible, mitigate risk of transmission through other means (e.g. group isolation in a separate room or floor, spacing and placement of beds or furnishings, temporary physical barriers between beds, frequent cleaning and disinfection routines). Open windows to increase ventilation.
The Royal College of Dental Surgeons of Ontario has released guidelines for dentists: COVID-19: Managing Infection Risks During In-Person Care
Public Services Health and Safety Association has released Health and Safety Guidance during COVID-19 for Dental Offices.
Childcare, Schools and Day Camps
- Health and safety guidance during COVID-19 for employers of child care centres - Public Services Health and Safety Association
- COVID-19 precautions when working as a child care provider - Public Services Health and Safety Association
- Health and safety guidance during COVID-19 for school employers - Public Services Health and Safety Association (access to school for persons and educators)