COVID-19 precautions will be needed for some time. Now is a good time to reassess the effectiveness and safety of routine workplace measures especially the use of disinfectants.
In recent months, the increased use of disinfectants has led to some unintended consequences. Along with growing concerns about the development of resistant organisms
, Health Canada also reports a spike in accidental poisonings
in the use of cleaning products and disinfectants.
Possible longer-term health effects are just as troubling. Disinfectants contain powerful chemical ingredients needed to kill viruses. Some are more toxic than others. Studies link some common disinfectant ingredients to acute and chronic health effects
including skin disease, asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder. Others reveal evidence of potential reproductive harm.
Before a second wave
of COVID-19 strikes, workplace joint health and safety committees and worker health and safety reps have time to reassess their disinfectant use and consider products that are effective and
reduce workers’ exposure to toxins.
The next in a series of webinars WHSC is calling Confronting COVID-19
will explore these concerns and revisit others related to cleaning and disinfecting workplaces safely. Be sure to register and tune in for what is sure to be a highly attended webinar.
Sign up today!
Confronting COVID-19: Effective AND Safer workplace cleaning and disinfecting
Thursday, August 20, 11:00 am – 11:30 am
Webinar participants are encouraged to pose questions and concerns. Webinar space is limited
and offered to Ontario residents only.
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Streaming is available in real time
to an unlimited Facebook audience. You can pose questions here too.
Following the webinar you can also visit our Facebook page
or YouTube channel
at your convenience to view it and others in our Confronting COVID-19
series. PowerPoint presentations from all COVID-19 sessions are also posted to our website
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, Workers Health & Safety Centre (WHSC) supports workers, their representatives, supervisors, contractors and employers in every work sector with comprehensive training programs
and information services
. In all we do, we put workers first. After all, it is their lives and livelihoods that are affected most when workplace hazards, including the COVID-19 virus, go uncontrolled.
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