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Measures You Can Take as a Worker to Stay Safe

IUPAT - Painters Union
20
Mar
2020

Measures You Can Take as a Worker to Stay Safe

Attention all members:

We have all been following the news for the last several days and are aware that Ontario is in a State of Emergency, for the safety and protection of all Ontarians due to the COVID-19 virus. As you know, this State of Emergency does not shut down all construction sites.

Our priority is your health, safety, and security – ensuring your safety, the safety of your loved ones, and the rest of the Canadian community means everything to us. Things are changing daily, even hourly – we pledge to keep you up to date with the most current developments.

As things stand, if your site is continuing to operate, we strongly encourage you to:

  • Keep a safe distance from your coworkers. Social distancing applies to you even at the workplace. This means:
    • Keeping a minimum of 6 feet/2 meters away from any other person
    • Sanitized shared workspace between different users (such as hoists/elevators, shared equipment) AND wearing gloves
    • Avoiding working in close quarters with other individuals 
  • You should have access to first aid stations, clean washrooms, ample personal hygiene equipment (including hand soap and hand sanitizer), and personal protective equipment.
    • When washing your hands, you should do so for a minimum of 20 seconds with lots of soap.
    • Personal protective equipment includes face masks and gloves.

If any of these conditions are not met – this is an unsafe working environment. Amid the ever-changing climate of the COVID-19 crisis, there is one prevailing truth – health and safety comes first. If you are being asked to work in conditions you believe to be unsafe, we urge you to:

  • STOP working
  • Get to a safe place
  • Tell your immediate supervisor you have stopped working for safety reasons
  • Phone your union representative right away

By doing this, you are protecting yourself, your family, Canada, and the world. You do not have to be symptomatic (coughing, feverish, feeling sick) to be sick. This means you can feel well, have the virus, and be passing it around to other people. These people may not be as lucky as you are.

You owe it to yourself, your family, and your DC 46 Brothers and Sisters to be careful over the coming days and weeks.

Contact us for more information today, and a union representative will get back to you shortly.