5 March, 2021

Worker Screening Updates in Ontario

COVID-19 - Bri Newman

The Ontario government has updated its Worker Screening Requirements. Mandatory screening for Employees came into effect in 2020 under O.Reg. 82/20, Rules for Stage 1 (Schedule 1s.2(3)).

Here are the latest requirements as of March 3, 2021:

  • businesses and organizations must now maintain a record of the date and time that workers were in the workplace as well as their contact information
  • the information may be requested by public health for contact tracing
  • the records must now be maintained for a period of at least a month
  • any record created as part of worker screening may only be disclosed as required by law.
  • the screening questions now ask if the worker filling out the questions is experiencing “one or more” of the listed symptoms, previously it was only “any one” of the listed symptoms.
  • a new question has been added “in the last 14 days, have you [the worker] or anyone you live with traveled outside of Canada?
    • If the answer is yes to this question, the worker should not enter the workplace and immediately go home to self-isolate and contact their health care provider or Telehealth Ontario
    • Note: the answer should be “no” if the party is exempted from Federal Quarantine requirements
  • The questions now also ask if “anyone you [the worker] live with [is] currently experiencing any new COVID-19 symptoms and/or waiting for test results after experiencing symptoms”
    • If the answer is “yes”, the worker should stay home until the individual gets a negative COVID-19 test results, is cleared by their local public health unit or is diagnosed with another illness.

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