Workers Health & Safety Centre

Share your COVID-19 work experiences through OHCOW survey

Working during the COVID-19 pandemic? Concerned about your mental and physical health? A survey to capture these very experiences is now available online.  

Occupational Health Clinics for Ontario Workers (OHCOW), and its partners have launched a Survey of Workers’ Experiences during a Pandemic to recognize and capture the impact working during the COVID-19 pandemic is having on all workers. This survey builds on OHCOW’s Healthcare Worker Pandemic Experience Survey.

The survey will give voice to thousands employed in workplaces deemed essential during the COVID-19 pandemic. The findings offer the ability to understand the short and long-term physical and mental health impacts of working during a pandemic and will aid in identifying patterns and providing insight for future prevention work.

The survey is based on several scientifically-recognized questions that measure different aspects of job-related psychosocial conditions, along with symptoms related to intense stressful conditions and mood disorders.

The survey was developed by OHCOW with researchers at the Institute for Work & Health and Duke University in North Carolina, with input from health and safety union staff representatives, based on specific concerns raised by their members. 

Wide participation needed

Be sure to share information about this survey with your networks. Wide circulation and completion of the survey will increase its validity, document important work experiences, and assist OHCOW, their partners and others to better understand the pandemic’s impact, associated hazards and most importantly, possible prevention strategies.

The survey, available in English and French, is accessed through these Survey Monkey links:
If you have questions, contact John Oudyk at joudyk@ohcow.on.ca or at 905-549-2552 or 1-800-263-2129 (in 905, 416, 519 area codes only).
 
OHCOW clinics offer a unique interdisciplinary service model. Teams of doctors, nurses, hygienists and ergonomists provide medical, hygiene, ergonomic and health assessments of workplaces free-of-charge. Along with the critical input of occupational health practitioners OHCOW’s model also includes a role for workers and their representatives to participate in assessing and addressing workplace hazards. With this same goal in mind, several OHCOW assessment tools are also embedded in WHSC training programs.

Visit www.ohcow.on.ca to learn about their many invaluable services including a series of online workplace mental health events offered throughout the month of May.

To learn more: 
Visit the WHSC web site for a host of  COVID-19 resources including our new WHSC COVID-19 virtual training.
Call: 1-888-869-7950
Email: contactus@whsc.on.ca