Prevention of COVID-19 in the Workplace

Employers have a responsibility to ensure that their workplaces operate in a way that minimizes risk for employees, clients and the community. The information below provides both general recommendations and sector-specific guidance for keeping workplaces safe during the COVID-19 pandemic:

Screening Employees for COVID-19 Symptoms

Employers should screen employees for COVID-19 symptoms when they arrive at work (see sample screening form for employers, below). Employees showing symptoms must be sent home to self-isolate*. They should also be tested for COVID-19 (see What to Do If You Have Symptoms of COVID-19).

If an employee has symptoms which may be related to COVID-19, or has been diagnosed with COVID-19, there are steps that employers need to take. Visit Ontario's Workplace Safety Plan for details.

If you have any questions, please contact the Eastern Ontario Health Unit at 613-933-1375 or 1 800 267-7120.

* Some exclusions may apply when isolation is not in the best interest of the public (i.e. healthcare workers). These individuals should consult their employer’s occupational health and safety department for instructions.

Related information:

COVID-19 Self-Assessment – Online screening tool and recommendations from Ontario's Ministry of Health

Eastern Ontatio Health Unit / Bureau de santé de l'Ontario