Are weed breathalyzers just around the corner?
The legalization of marijuana spreading across the world, and has had an impact in the workplace. The ability to effectively ensure the safety of workers and all involved has decreased. But through the last couple of years, there have been numerous companies working to develop a breathalyzer that can detect marijuana.
Medical experts call for closure of more businesses in Ontario
As increasingly contagious variants of Covid-19 continually sweep through Ontario, medical experts are calling for the closure of more and more businesses. Although some nonessential construction sites were shut down last week the majority of manufacturing, construction and logistics remain open. Due to this increased level of exposure, it is essential to increase the level of safety on all job sites.
More workplace limits required in Ontario to control spread: science advisers
Although Ontario’s Covid-19 cases are decreasing due to the stay-at-home order, experts are saying that additional measures regarding essential workers are needed. According to this article workplace mobility still remains far too high. Reducing worker’s mobility and keeping sick workers at home will play a big part in reducing the spread. During this time Ontario is working on a plan to distribute the Pfizer vaccine to pharmacies in hot spot locations for those over 55. For more information on how this may impact essential workplaces view the article linked below.
Toronto Public Health orders full closure of 4 workplaces, partial closure of 7 to curb COVID-19
According to CBC, Toronto Public Health has issued these closures due to COVID-19 outbreaks. These closures came right after TPH shut down two Amazon distribution centres in Brampton and Bolton. Medical officer “De Villa” spoke with reporters that the closure is intended to reduce the risk of COVID-19 spreading. Owners and operators should be aware that when 5 cases occur within two weeks they are required to report this information to Toronto Public Health.
Workplace Inspectors to Visit 1,300 Construction Sites Beginning This Week
On April 15th, 2021. the Ontario government announced COVID-19 inspectors will begin to visit 1,300 construction sites to determine their COVID-19 safety requirements effectiveness. The program was launched the following week from this announcement, but will undoubtedly continue until the virus subsides. It is important to note these inspections are not all work-related, employees will also be inspected during breaks to ensure proper physical distancing.