The Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA), requires that employers take every reasonable precaution to protect the health and safety of their workers. To ensure that you are meeting this obligation, employers must assess their workplaces to determine what is needed to protect their workers and reduce the risk of spread from COVID-19.
Employers are responsible for ensuring that customers maintain a physical distance of at least two metres from others, and wear a face covering inside their business as well as outside if waiting in a line-up to enter.
Regulations also require all businesses that are open to develop a COVID-19 Workplace Safety Plan. Fines can result from not having a safety plan prepared, posted and available for inspectors to view.
Face coverings are required to be worn in enclosed public spaces. Read the Re-opening Ontario Act, 2020 and Hamilton’s Face Coverings and Masks By-law to learn:
Did you know that during an inspection of your workplace, a ministry inspector may ask about your COVID-19 Workplace Safety Plan?
The Re-Opening Ontario Act, 2020 requires that all businesses, places, facilities or establishments that are open have a safety plan that can be made available to any person for review on request. The safety plan must be posted in a visible place where it is most likely to come to the attention of individuals working in or attending the location.
Developing a safety plan
It is possible that someone in your workplace will contract COVID-19. Hamilton Public Health Services (HPHS) can support you and provide resources to help respond to such a situation.
Resources required to develop a safety plan are provided by the Ministry of Health. Six questions in the safety plan are outlined below to help with development of your plan:
Click here for more information from the City of Hamilton on COVID-19 Safety Plans. This webpage provides support for developing your safety plan and contains sample answers, or factors that should be taken into consideration, for each question.
The provincial government also has resources available to you and your business to assist with the development of a COVID-19 workplace safety plan. Click here to learn more.
The City of Hamilton Public Health Services issued a Health Promotion and Protection Act Section 22 Class Order, to break the chain of transmission within local workplaces where COVID-19 or its variants are determined to be spreading.
The Order is now in effect.
The order will require:
These measures may include the full or partial closures of workplaces. Certain workplaces may be exempt from the full closure requirement.
Ontario is releasing safety guidelines to protect workers, customers and the general public from COVID-19 as it prepares for a gradual reopening of the provincial economy.
These resources are available for different sectors. They will help employers and workers better understand how to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
Visit the Ontario Workplace PPE Supplier Directory or access a local list below of businesses in the Hamilton-GTA Area who are producing PPE or other tools that monitor and enforce compliance with COVID-19 health protocols.
AED4Life/BERRN Consulting Ltd (Dundas): A local provider of PPE (face masks, gloves, gowns, shields) with a focus on Canadian-Made.
Arrow Health Supplies (Cambridge): Offering Face Masks (3-ply, KN95 and fabric), Face Shields, Hand Sanitizer (2oz -1 Gallon), Sanitizer Dispensing Stations, Floor Markings and more. All items are currently in-stock and most are shipped the same day they are received.
Art Aggregate (Hamilton): Creating scrub caps, masks and ear savers for personal use.
Battlefield Advertising, powered by PROforma (Hamilton): Has a number of PPE items in-stock to help companies open back up safely: KN95 masks, 3-ply disposable masks, reusable masks, IR thermometers, hand sanitizer, acrylic barriers, nitrile gloves, face shields and social distancing floor graphics.
Beatties (GTA): Has Face Shields, Floor Markings, Hand Sanitizer, Masks, Gloves, Gowns, Table Top Shields and more available for purchase.
Benefect (Hamilton): Supplier of Botanical Disinfectants & Cleaners for the Insurance Restoration Industry.
Bisep (Niagara Falls): BISEP is 3D-printing face-shields for frontline workers, in partnership with Spark Niagara/The Niagara Falls Ryerson Innovation Hub.
Blade Filters (Markham): Blade Filters created the Blade Filters HEPA-Carbon Air Filter. Utilizing a five-stage filtration process, this unit helps to remove 99.97% of airborne microbials, including COVID-19 and other germs and viruses.
Category 5 Imaging (Burlington): Developed products and services for retail, food service, medical and dental applications. Manufacturing face masks, face shields, counter shields, and anti-microbial film to cover surfaces, as well as floor decals, wall and window prints, exterior banners and way-finding signage. Offering services to implement and install thermal screening such as installation, graphics and process control.
Collective Arts (Hamilton): Producing and selling hand sanitizer with 100% of the proceeds going back into the production of sanitizer for essential services and frontline workers.
Crescent Oil (Hamilton): Supplier of hand sanitizer, KN95 masks, Surgical masks and Face Shields.
Eco Guardian (Newmarket): Able to supply the following for small businesses: 3 Ply Medical and Protective Grade Masks, Face Shields, Isolation and Medical Grade Gowns, Individually Wrapped Reusable Face Masks that are retail-ready.
Fast Signs (Hamilton, Burlington): Germ prevention signs and Health & Safety signs to protect your employees, customers and business.
FELLFAB (Stoney Creek): Has non-medical masks, gowns, scrubs, shelters and mattress covers available for purchase.
Forsythe Health Care (Hamilton): Canadian-made hand sanitizer and disinfectants. Manufacturing both gel and liquid USP grade hand sanitizers, available in 250ml, 500ml, and 4L jugs.
GermFree by Ecosuds (Stoney Creek): Providing disinfecting and sanitizing products, microbe shield protection, and deodorizing services.
Grand & Toy (National): Selling one-stop shopping for “Return To Office” safety products, including PPE such as: face masks, sanitizers, disinfectants, signage, plexiglass guards, and more.
Greeter (Hamilton): An automated attendant that uses advanced artificial intelligence (AI) algorithms to monitor and measure compliance with PPE and social distancing measures. It actively reminds people when they aren’t wearing masks or are too close to other people around them.
GT French (Hamilton): Supplier of Janitorial and Sanitation products.
Hauser’s Pharmacy & Home Healthcare (Hamilton, Niagara & Haldimand-Norfolk): Hauser’s is pleased to offer a local business PPE support program to help with your business re-opening needs, including surgical masks, gloves and hand sanitizer. Contact Phil at email@example.com
INCOM Manufacturing Group, Ltd. (Anacster): Producing and distributing COVID-19 safety signs & floor markings including: safety message floor tape, anti-slip floor signs, outdoor ground graphics, precautionary signs, a-frame standing floor signs, area closed barricade tape, floor marking conformable tape, and more.
J7 International Inc. (Barrie): Supplier of PPE including: masks, gloves, isolation gowns, barriers/partitions, infrared thermometers, sanitizer & stands, 6-ft floor decals, and more. Ready to ship.
Jim Wilkins Promotions: Providing face masks. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Jimmy Tees Promo (Burlington): Supplier of merchandise, promotional products, signs, banners and custom tents. Also supplying Health Canada approved sanitizer and essential PPE supplies including: disposable face masks, cloth face masks, and face shields.
Just Direct Promotions (Grimsby): Offers blank and personalized masks, shields and hand sanitizer. They also offer floor and wall graphics. Ask about back to business PPE kits aimed at making restarting safe and simple.
Mabel’s Labels (Hamilton): Producing and selling non-medical grade masks for adults and children, as well as Face Shields and Social Distancing Stickers.
Modern Cleaning Concept (Hamilton): Offers a comprehensive suite of services (janitorial, disinfection, sanitization, pressure washing etc.) and products (cleaning supplies, equipment and PPE such as masks, gloves, disinfectant, hand sanitizer etc.). Order online, free delivery in Hamilton.
Ogena Solutions (Stoney Creek): Supplier offering cleaning and disinfecting products including: Prevail disinfectant (Accelerated Hydrogen Peroxide), sprayers, disinfectant dilution stations, foaming guns, ion generators and floor cleaning systems that eliminate the need to use mops and buckets.
Redline Packaging: Providing poly gloves. Email email@example.com.
Rubicon Safety Inc. (Hamilton): Producing social distancing barriers for industrial type settings. Read the tech sheet.
SB Simpson Group (Burlington): Industrial distributor of gloves, distancing signage, disinfectant spray, face shields, KN95 masks, 3-ply disposable type 2 masks, IR thermometers, and hand sanitizer.
Shehoma Production (Hamilton): A Canadian based registered manufacturer and distributor of high quality medical / surgical masks Level 1, Level 2 & Level 3 and non-medical masks as well. We aim to fulfill the high demand needs for the Canadian and global market.
SHJ Source (Hamilton): Providing non-surgical masks and hand sanitizer. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (416)804-3660.
SocialDistancingPPE.ca (Breslau): Has plexiglass (4mm) social distancing shields available in standard or custom sizes.
Speedpro Imaging (Hamilton): Offering floor decals for businesses to promote social distancing and hygiene. Call Bryce for more info (289-656-0336).
State Chemical (Mississauga): Supplier of disinfectants, in stock and ready to ship.
SteriRight, N95 Disinfection for ReUse (Hamilton): Utilizing state-of-the art technology, SteriRight offers services that reduce contamination risk in a safe, effective and accessible manner. SteriRight comes to you, so whether your organization needs N95 respirator reprocessing or Electrostatic Disinfection of office hard surfaces, our team of trained technicians are ready day one.
Tik Tok Print & Design (Hamilton): Offering floor decals for businesses to promote social distancing and hygiene.
The Cleaning House (Hamilton): Supply small businesses with cleaning supplies and machine rentals. PPE available: masks, gloves, face shields, hand sanitizer, disinfectants, plus the knowledge on what your business needs to re-open.
Verde Bio-products (GTA): Stocking all PPE products in-house; has inventory on hand immediately for on-time delivery across Canada. Contact email@example.com or visit their website.