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Less than half of workplaces inspected met COVID-19 compliance

Less than half of the workplaces inspected in a recent blitz were in compliance with COVID-19 requirements.

Hastings Prince Edward Public Health reports 46 per cent of 198 workplaces inspected last week were in compliance with COVID-19 requirements. Enforcement officials issued 12 tickets and six occupational health and safety orders. The most common infractions included not having a safety plan, and exceeding capacity limits.

“While many businesses in the region are taking the necessary steps to protect their staff and customers, several must make adjustments to align with current guidelines,” said Dr. Piotr Oglaza, Medical Officer of Health and CEO for HPEPH. “We are continuing to provide information and support to local workplaces to help them operate as safely as possible. The only way to reduce the spread of COVID is for everyone – business owners, workers and customers – to follow the current public health guidelines.”

Two HPEPH inspectors and 18 Ontario Ministry of Labour inspectors carried out an inspection blitz Jan. 20-22.

Businesses included gas stations, convenience, grocery, discount and big box stores as well as warehousing and manufacturing facilities and food establishments providing takeout.

Businesses can access resources to help raise awareness of COVID safety in the workplace and develop a plan at this Ontario government link.

 

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