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The return to physical workspaces poses a number of challenges for small and medium businesses. This is your digital toolkit for safely welcoming your employees back to your workspace.
Step 1: Make a Plan
Returning to your workplace safely will require some planning and a team focused on ensuring that each part of that plan is put into action.
- Part 1: Create a Planning and Response Team
- Part 2: Review Government and Industry Safe Return to Work Guidelines
NOTE: The Ontario government has launched a series of education and enforcement campaigns to ensure businesses across the province are taking the necessary steps to keep employees, consumers and the public safe. Officers may ask employers to produce their workplace safety plans.
If a person or business is not found compliant with orders under the Reopening Ontario Act, they could be ticketed with a fine. Click here for more information.
Step 2: Get Your Workspace Ready
As you prepare your workspace to welcome back your employees, you will need to make adjustments related to increased cleaning and disinfecting, personal protective equipment, and in some cases, retrofits to your physical space.
Step 3: Prepare Your Employees
There are a number of steps your business should take as you work to welcome employees back to your workplace. You will need to outline their responsibilities in helping to maintain a safe workspace, including physical distancing and the use of personal protective equipment. You will also want to provide updates about plans for a phased return to work as well as how to plan a safe commute in order to return to the workplace.
Step 4: Plan to Interact with Customers
Once you have prepared your workspace and your team, the final step you must prepare for is how to safely interact with your customers. You will need to ensure these interactions are safe and make adjustments where needed to your normal operations.