Simcoe/Muskoka Education & Enforcement Initiative
The Medical Officer of Health has released a letter to all those responsible for businesses and organizations in the municipalities within the County of Simcoe, District of Muskoka, Orillia, and Barrie.
They’ve been doing these inspections all along, but this time there are a few differences. If you think that your business may not pass this inspection, read on to find out what more you can do, or reach out to us and let’s see how we can help.
The Ministry of Labour Training and Skills Development will be working with local police officers, public health inspectors, tobacco enforcement officers, and municipal bylaw enforcement officers to educate and enforce open businesses and organizations.
They will be checking for COVID-19 protocols that should be posted and practiced to confirm that everyone is complying with the Provincial Reopening Ontario Act and associated regulations.
Key Elements During Inspection Will Be
- Safety plans posted and visible by the employer
- Screening requirements for staff and customers
- Proper use of face masks and face coverings
- Ensuring 2-meter distancing between everyone within the workplace
- Crowd control measures
- Capacity limits
Business Information and Resources
All businesses are encouraged to check out the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit’s website. The SMDHU has many resources for you to use and be in compliant with COVID-19 safety requirements for operating businesses safely.
Face Shield Requirement For Close Contact
Recently the Ontario Ministry of Health provided new information on the risk of COVID-19 transmission through the eyes. In response, the Ministry of Labour, Training and Skills Development (MLTSD) has provided the following statement:
- Working within 2-metres (indoors and outdoors) now requires eye protection AND an appropriate mask AT ALL TIMES.
- Mask selection, either PPE or source control masking, must be selected based on the projects/workplace risk assessment.
- Eye protection would include goggles, safety glasses, prescription glasses with side shields that are tight-fitting and should also be selected based on the risk assessment.
Simcoe/Muskoka Education & Enforcement Initiative Conclusion
Do you have a safety plan written and posted for all to see that describes COVID-19 safety protocols? How many people are allowed within your facility at once, and how do you make sure of that? Is there a COVID-19 self-assessment quiz in place to monitor symptoms and trace those who come into your place of work? If so, you’re going to be just fine during these inspections. Please do not fear, and know that the ministry and their partners are here to help educate and enforce compliance with safety measures that so that everyone can enjoy your business safely.