eNews Alert: Ontario Providing Employers with Workplace Safety Guidelines

avr 30, 2020
 

Thursday, April 30 Update
 COVID-19 and Ontario Museums

 
In this eNews Alert you will find:
  1. Ontario's Workplace Safety Guidelines
  2. Webinar Recording: Federal Support Programs
  3. New Resources to Plan for Recovery and Re-opening
 
Ontario Providing Employers with Workplace Safety Guidelines
"The government safety guidelines released today will provide direction to those working in manufacturing, food manufacturing and processing, restaurant and food service, and the agricultural sector. These measures build on more than 60 guidelines developed by Ontario's health and safety associations in response to COVID-19 for various sectors such as retail, health care, construction, transportation, police services, firefighters, and transit employees. 

These new sector-specific guidelines feature recommended actions employers can begin to plan for as they prepare to adapt to the new reality during COVID-19, including:
  • Ways to ensure appropriate physical distancing, like eliminating pay-at-the-door options, holding team meetings outdoors, staggering shift times and using ground markings and barriers to manage traffic flow.
  • Changes to the workplace, like installing plexiglass barriers, increasing the air intake on building heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) systems to increase air flow, and using boot sanitizing trays.
  • Promoting proper workplace sanitation, providing personal protective equipment, substituting dry dusting with vacuuming, ensuring customer-facing staff are given hand sanitizer, providing a place to dispose of sanitizing wipes, and enforcing handwashing before and after breaks."
61 sector-specific guidelines are available from Ontario’s health and safety associations HERE. 

The government is also issued posters to promote a variety of useful safety tips HERE.

Read more HERE.
 
Webinar Recording Available:
Navigating Federal Support Programs
 Available on the OMA YouTube Channel HERE
Recorded April 28 in partnership with the Ontario Association of Art Galleries and Young Associates. 


This webinar covers a brief overview of the Canadian Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) and the Canadian Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS) and how these programs interact with other announced programs. The speakers share what they know and understand and answer questions to help you understand and apply these programs to your organizations.

Read more HERE.
 
The health and safety of our visitors, communities, and staff are a priority for our institutions. The OMA encourages all to exercise caution and act in alignment with the recommendations of public health and government authorities. 

The OMA is in touch with stakeholders to support our members, and will provide updates regularly as the situation progresses.

Please contact us with questions at community@museumsontario.ca
 
Resources
New resources on the OMA's dedicated webpage:  


Preparing for Recovery and Re-Opening

Government Resources regarding
COVID-19
  • Ontario Ministry of Health dedicated website (updated twice daily): HERE 
    • General COVID-19 Information Sheets (available in multiple languages)HERE
  • Public Health OntarioHERE 
  • Health CanadaHERE
Your local or regional government or health unit websites can also provide credible local information. 
 
The OMA has prepared a dedicated webpage of COVID-19 communications and resources, updated as new information and resources become available.


Read more HERE.

 
The OMA Welcomes Your Support

The OMA is committed to ensuring the stabilization of the sector, and working together with you and the government. Your support at this time is vital as it helps us support all Ontario museums. We invite you to Join or Renew your membership. 

An OMA membership connects you with our network of over 1000 members, representing 700 museums, galleries, and heritage sites across the province. In addition, an OMA membership provides you with the latest news via ONmuseums and eNews alertsCOVID-19 resources to mitigate impact for Ontario museums, galleries and heritage sites, as well as resources for International Museum Day and May is Museum Month/Mai, Mois des Musées. 
 
We're Here to Help!

For all questions or inquiries please contact the OMA: community@museumsontario.ca or call 416-348-8672 / 1-866-662-8672.

Marie G. Lalonde
Executive Director
mlalonde@museumsontario.ca 
 
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