OSSTF/FEESO Health and Safety Checklist for COVID-19 Issues for Worksite H&S Reps

OSSTF/FEESO Health and Safety Checklist for COVID-19 Issues for Worksite H&S Reps

Please review this checklist and share any concerns with your Joint Health and Safety Committee (JHSC) and local union leaders so they can advocate on your behalf. Please ensure that these concerns are included on your monthly inspection reports.
  • 1. a) Do all classrooms, or other workspaces, have the recommended 2 metres of physical distancing between students while sitting at desks? If no, please record location or room numbers and measurements.
  • b) Is the recommended 2 metres of physical distancing maintained between students and workers? If no, please record location or room numbers and a short explanation.
  • 2. a) Has the employer ensured proper cohorting of students by limiting the number of contacts (in class, at recess/nutrition breaks, on the bus and in before/after school program) to a maximum of 50? If no, please record some examples of the number of contacts.
  • b) Has the employer also ensured proper cohorting by limiting the number of contacts for workers to a maximum of 50? If no, please record some examples of the number of contacts, including itinerant and replacement staff.
  • c) Does the school have plans and procedures in place to minimize contacts for workers during recess or other assigned supervision times?
  • 3. Do you believe the ventilation is adequate in your workplace? If not, please explain.
  • 4. a) Does the employer have policies and procedures in place to minimize contacts for workers during school bus loading/unloading? If not, please explain.
  • b) Are there measures and procedures in place to protect workers who drive and/or ride the bus with students? If not, please explain.
  • 5. a) Has the policy/procedure for dealing with exemptions from masking and dealing with unmasked individuals who do not have an exemption been communicated to staff? Please explain if there are concerns.
  • b) Is the employer providing additional controls for workers who work with unmasked individuals?
  • 6. Are all other layers of protective protocols in place (such as PPE, soap/hand sanitizer, enhanced cleaning and disinfection, signage and outbreak management protocols)? If not, please explain.
  • 7. Are monthly workplace inspections of the whole building being conducted?
  • The Ministry of Labour, Training and Skills Development (MLTSD) contact information is: 1-877-202-0008.