COVID-19 Workshops in August

As part of the Local’s commitment to continuing to provide opportunities to our members, we’re pleased to announce that the Local will be holding three workshops regarding COVID-19 that will be facilitated by the Workers Health & Safety Centre. These informative workshops will provide lots of fact based information regarding COVID-19 and approach the pandemic from many dimensions including what can be done in your workplace to make it safer (please see below for the full workshop description).

The workshop is three hours long and will run from 5:30 PM – 8:30 PM (EST).  Each workshop has a max capacity of 15 participants – attendance is on a first come, first served basis. A wait list will be kept for each session in case a member drops out.

Thursday, August 6 Session – Registration Closed. Thanks to all who registered!

Tuesday, August 11 Session – Registration Closed. Thanks to all who registered!

Wednesday, August 19 Session – Registration Closed. Thanks to all who registered!

If after registering you are no longer able to attend, please let the Local’s office know as soon as possible by emailing

Thanks and all the best to you all – please continue to take care and look out for each other.

In sol,
The COPE Local 343 Executive Board


On March 11, 2020, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared COVID-19 a pandemic. Many workers in the province of Ontario were deemed “essential” and required to continue working to provide health care, preserve life, and keep society functioning. Several workers were exposed and became sick – some died – because employers failed to understand and implement effective control measures to prevent transmission of the virus.

Eventually and gradually, workers working from home or laid of due to a shortage of work, will return to their workplaces. The transition may take an extended period of time. The virus will not just miraculously disappear. Research indicates COVID-19 will continue circulating for months or even years. Effective COVID-19 control plans, which might need to remain in place for months or years, must be developed and implemented to protect workers.

Employers are responsible for the health and safety of workers.  The Occupational Health and Safety Act sets out duties of employers and requires them to identify hazards and implement controls to protect workers. The Act also gives joint health and safety committee’s rights, powers and functions including identifying situations that may be hazardous and making recommendations for the improvement of the heath and safety of workers.

This program provides the information needed about COVID-19 to develop and implement an effective COVID-19 control plan that will protect workers. In this module, topics covered include:

  • the hazardous characteristics of COVID-19 including routes of transmission, how it infects and kills and its ability to spread
  • health effects of COVID-19 and the progression of symptoms
  • applicable legislation including the Occupational Health and Safety Act and regulations, as well as public health laws and directives
  • workplace controls that can prevent transmission of the virus such as physical distancing, workplace cleaning and disinfecting, personal protective equipment and hand hygiene, and
  • information, instruction and training that must be provided.