COVID-19: Action Plan for Workplace Safety Training

By Carola Mittag

Posted Jun 5th, 2020 in Tips & News

COVID-19: Action Plan for Workplace Safety Training

 
The outbreak of COVID-19 presents new challenges in the workplace as employers strive to keep their businesses running while supporting the health and well-being of their workforce. A business’ response to the COVID-19 crisis must address business operations and employee concerns.


Training class precautions

Workplace Safety Group is open for business in a preventative capacity, ensuring that our clients who are essential to our supply chains continue to have access to a quality training provider. This allows us to meet our customers’ demands pertaining to training alternate or new staff members to maintain their critical operations as they struggle with staffing challenges under rapidly changing conditions. It is vital that we continue to provide resources to these organizations.


We understand the seriousness of this pandemic and commit to taking increased safety measures to ensure the health and safety of our clients’ workforce in a cooperative effort to slow the spread of COVID-19.

We would like to make you aware of the following measures:

  • No learners, who show any visible indication of illness will be admitted into class. Those who appear ill will be asked to go home and may reschedule no cancellation fee.
  • There is a strict no-contact hand etiquette protocol, no handshakes will be offered and, a 6-foot physical distance of personal space will be respected.
  • Extra effort in disinfecting desks, washrooms and hard surfaces after each class is being made.
  • Participants will be reminded at the start of class to wash their hands regularly and will be instructed of the location of these amenities.
  • Training equipment will be thoroughly disinfected after each class session, and where plausible disinfectant wipes will be provided for students to wipe down equipment before they take their specific hands on equipment test. We also strongly recommend that clients bring gloves to operate equipment as an additional PPE measure.
Finally, we are reducing class size to minimize the number of students to provide more space between occupants in the classroom. We will be actively working to schedule our courses accordingly to ensure all clients are accommodated.
 
In addition to these classroom measures, participants will complete their practical training individually for evaluation by the instructor.
  • This will allow us to ensure 6ft or more of social distance at all times as recommended by the public health authorities while also allowing for a full disinfectant of equipment controls between operators.
WSG will stringently limit class size to allow for 6ft of social distancing. Learners will be required to fill in a COVID-19 Questionnaire prior to entering the class.
  • Those who do not comply will be asked to reschedule at no charge for a later date when they feel more comfortable with signing off on the form.
We believe it is important to support the workforce that provides the essential services we all depend upon, and will continue to adapt our business practices as needed to provide service to our customers during this challenging time.

Working at Heights Training - Changes

Ontario workers, who are required to use fall protection equipment, must complete a Chief Prevention Officer (CPO) approved Working at Heights (WAH) training program. If you don't have the training, you may be subject to a fine or could be ineligible to work on the jobsite.

Although WSG has demonstration equipment available, students are strongly urged to bring their own harnesses to class.

We are navigating this challenging time with everyone’s safety in mind by holding classes with a low student to instructor ratio. As our customer base is dependent on us to ensure safety compliance in the workplace, we remain open for business to fulfill industry needs. We will remain vigilant to any recommendations made by the health authorities and will adjust and adapt as required.


JHSC Basic Certification - Virtual Classroom

Workplace Safety Group is ready to announce JHSC certification training as a Distance Learning option beginning later this month. Those who have already registered with us for certification will be given priority placement as soon as the date is released.

This is another way in which WSG is doing everything reasonable to keep our clients safe in this extraordinary time.

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