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PRO Tips For Staying Safe at Work

Here are Some Great Ways You Can Protect Your Employees, Customers and Yourself from Contracting or Spreading COVID-19 while Working at Your Trade

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How to protect yourself and others

  • Wash your hands often. Washing with soap and water is preferred.
  • Sneeze and cough into tissues (preferred) and elbows. Throw the tissue away.
  • Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth with your hands.
  • Stay home if you are sick.
  • Avoid contact with a sick person.
  • Do not shake hands.

Be prepared

Discuss the job required with the business or homeowner in advance to determine the level of risk.

Here are some suggestions for what to discuss:
  • Nature of the job to be done
  • Location of the job to be done
  • Number of people on site or in dwelling
  • Proximity of people to where the work needs to be done
  • Notification to the business/homeowner that the workers may leave if they feel unsafe or exposed

While on the job

  • If you are going on the job or responding to a call, practice social distancing with your apprentices and other work colleagues. Maintain a distance of 2 metres (6 feet) between you and others.
  • Consider if using other protective equipment is right for your business, such as Nitrile and Latex gloves.
  • Ensure those who use personal protective equipment are properly trained.
  • Carry disinfectant wipes and wipe all surfaces before and after work.

Avoid contaminating common items and surfaces.

  • Throughout the day, clean and disinfect surfaces, tools and equipment that you touch often.
  • Use regular household disinfectants or diluted bleach (1 part bleach and 9 parts water) to disinfect.
  • Items that are used to carry out work but cannot be cleaned or reused should be secured in a lined container and disposed of with other work-related waste.​

If you are an employer

  • Post handwashing signs and provide alcohol-based hand rub to encourage frequent hand hygiene.
  • Make sure spaces and surfaces are cleaned.
  • Remove non-essential items like magazines, stuffed toys, and other items that can’t be easily cleaned from reception areas.
  • Facilitate and encourage social distancing.

After the Job

  • Ensure all visits are recorded and tracked, noting address, number of people in the home, and contact information, so all parties can be notified of new infections if necessary.
  • Wash work wear and shower regularly to avoid transmitting the virus in case you have come in contact with it while working.