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Ontario Announces Economy Reopening Framework and Industry-Specific COVID-19 Best Practices for Occupational Health and Safety

 April 30, 2020, the Ontario government, in collaboration with provincial health and safety associations, released the Health and Safety Association Guidance Documents for Workplaces During the COVID-19 Outbreak.

These guidance documents follow the government’s announcement of the development of a framework for reopening the economy following the COVID-19 outbreak emergency closure measures. The framework, which does not include any commitment to a formal timeline, provides an incremental outline for relaxing the emergency measures currently in place.

In preparation for the reopening of workplaces, the guidance documents provide sector-specific best practices to support employers in ensuring workers remain safe in the workplace during the COVID-19 outbreak.

The sectors included in the guidance documents are:

  • Construction

  • Transportation

  • Utilities

  • Healthcare

  • Hospitality

  • Office

  • Transit

  • Police and fire services

  • Retail

  • Food retail

  • Funeral

  • Manufacturing

  • Auto

  • Film/TV

  • Tourism

  • Agriculture

Employers may want to take the guidance documents into consideration when creating return-to-work policies once the emergency measures are relaxed.

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Shir Fulga, Ogletree Deakiins Law Firm, Toronto, Articling Student
Articling Student

Shir is an Articling Student at Ogletree Deakins’ Toronto office.

Shir holds a Juris Doctor from Queen’s University, Faculty of Law and an Honours Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy and Spanish from Queen’s University.

During her time in law school, Shir worked as a Teaching Assistant for the Queen’s Workplace Law course and as a Research Assistant in the area of comparative constitutional law and legal ethics. She received the Baker & McKenzie award in labour law and a Second Honourable Mention in the Phanor J Eder...

John Illingworth Ogletree Attorney

John Illingworth is of counsel in the Toronto office of Ogletree Deakins. His practice includes a broad range of labour and employment issues, with a special focus on labour relations and occupational health and safety.