‘They now have all the tools in hand to comply with the guidelines issued by the Gouvernement du Québec’
Quebec is launching a virtual toolkit that can help and support employers and workers comply with the sanitary instructions from public health authorities as the province prepares to reopen certain economic sectors.
The toolkit was developed by the Commission des normes, de l'équité, de la santé et de la sécurité du travail (CNESST) together with the public health authorities to respond to the concerns of the different work environments about measures to be implemented to avoid the spread of COVID-19.
"I invite all employers to get to know these tools and use them,” said Jean Boulet, minister of labour, employment and social solidarity and minister responsible for the Mauricie region. “Our government will not compromise on workers' health and safety. I'm counting on you to follow the public health standards.”
The toolkit includes a Workplace Sanitary Standards Guide – COVID-19, offers two practical sector guides for manufacturing and retail, and quick references that employers can print and customize around:
- the reopening of the work environment
- physical distancing
- hygiene and respiratory etiquette
- environmental sanitation
- exclusion from the workplace and isolation of workers
- psychosocial risks in the workplace
“The toolkit we are launching meets the need for a framework so that all workplaces, both small and large, can act coherently and effectively. They now have all the tools in hand to comply with the guidelines issued by the Gouvernement du Québec," said Manuelle Oudar, chair of the board of directors and CEO of CNESST.
The toolkit will also be available as a mobile app and follows the CNESST awareness campaign “Quebec is going back to work safely,” launched on April 20.