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OHS Canada: What lasting effects will COVID-19 have on worker health, safety?

Are physical barriers, touch-free appliances here to stay?

May 5, 2021  by OHS Canada

Ontario is in the midst of a stay-at-home order. (Alex White/Adobe Stock)

A year ago, everything changed with the declaration of a global pandemic. Every industry has been impacted by a different magnitude from periodic shutdowns and closures to reduced capacities.

The one element that has changed for every business regardless of industry has been employee health and safety. Keeping employees safe during a health crisis such as COVID-19 has become paramount. Let’s look at what employee health and safety may look like in the future; post-pandemic.

Millions of dollars have been spent this past year in employee health and safety protocols; increased usage of personal protective equipment (PPE), such as masks and gloves, hand sanitizing stations, installing barriers and retrofitting HVAC systems with enhanced filtration and ventilation systems.

Read more on OHS Canada, one of Canadian Manufacturing‘s sister publications.

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