Workers Health & Safety Centre

Ventilation issues addressed in updated WHSC Indoor Air training

Improved ventilation is a priority with clear evidence that COVID-19 particles spread between people more readily indoors than outdoors.
With clear evidence that COVID-19 viral particles spread between people more readily indoors than outdoors, enhanced workplace ventilation is a priority for many.
 
Improved ventilation is also central to the layered approach recommended by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to reduce exposure to the virus.

Too often though ventilation is the missing piece in workplace efforts to control exposure to COVID-19 and many other hazards in the workplace.

Fortunately, Workers Health & Safety Centre Indoor Air training helps fill this important information gap. This program provides a comprehensive overview of a variety of indoor air quality hazards, sources of contaminants and possible health effects. Just as important, participants will learn assessment tools and techniques for workplace environmental monitoring and relevant laws, regulations and standards. Controls, including increased ventilation rates for viruses like COVID-19, are also discussed.

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WHEN: Sep 28, 2021 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
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Meeting employer obligations. Improving air quality.

Under Ontario’s Occupational Health & Safety Act employers must take every reasonable precaution for the protection of workers. Ontario Ministry of Labour, Training and Skills Development’s guidance on COVID-19 workplace safety plans also includes “good ventilation" as an important control.

While the Regulations for Industrial Establishments set out minimum requirements for mechanical ventilation, the Regulation for Health Care and Residential Facilities (O. Reg. 67/93, s. 19) additionally requires mechanical ventilation systems in these workplaces be inspected by a qualified person at least every six months. A report on each inspection must also be filed with the employer and with the Joint Health and Safety Committee or the Health and Safety Representative, if any.

Is your joint health and safety committee prepared to participate in this important work? WHSC offers regularly scheduled JHSC Certification Training as well as our recently updated Federal Committees and Representatives program. All of these programs are available in our virtual classroom.

Don’t see what you need? Beyond scheduled classes, and where participant numbers warrant, we can work with you to coordinate almost any of our training courses in a virtual classroom for all workers, workplace representatives and supervisors.

Download and share WHSC resources:
WHSC COVID-19 Enhanced Ventilation: Prudent actions to help.
Aerosol spread of COVID-19 virus, evidence and experts support urgent action.
Webinar: Improving ventilation to prevent COVID-19 spread in workplaces.

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