Preventing the spread of
COVID-19 in the
workplace starts at home.
Understand both work and personal factors to reduce the risk of exposure. Take steps to keep yourself and
others safe at work and outside of work, and know what to do if you are exposed or have symptoms.
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Description: Reducing the Risk of
What you can do at work and at home
COVID-19 most commonly spreads from an infected person to another person through:
Close contact: breathing in someone's respiratory droplets or
aerosols after they
sneeze, sing, shout or talk
Contaminated surfaces: touching something with the virus on it,
then touching your
or eyes with unwashed hands
Common greetings: Handshakes, hugs, kisses
Work risk factors
Close contact with others
Working near others where physical distancing cannot be maintained
Working in crowded spaces
Prolonged contact with others
Working indoors in closed spaces with poor ventilation
Contact with contaminated surfaces
Frequent contact with surfaces touched often by others (door handles, service
card payment machines, tools, equipment)
Availability of hand hygiene stations and supplies
Personal risk factors
Are you in a high-risk group?
Chronic medical conditions (immunocompromised)
Living with obesity
Engaging in high risk activities
Closed spaces with poor ventilation
Crowded spaces with large numbers of people
Close contact where you cannot maintain physical distancing
Where there is singing, shouting or heavy breathing, for example, during exercise
Keep yourself safe
Monitor for symptoms of COVID-19.
Follow advice from your local public health authority.
Avoid contact with people who are sick.
Practice physical distancing as much as possible outside the home.
Greet with a wave or a nod rather than a handshake, hug or kiss.
Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or use
hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze, or cough into your
Wear a non-medical mask or face covering when physical distancing is not possible.
Going into work?
If you’re taking public transit:
Wear a mask
Sit apart from others
Avoid travelling during peak hours if possible.
Bring your lunch, coffee and snacks from home and avoid sharing food, utensils, and
Avoid gathering in groups in breakrooms and common areas.
Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces, including your personal workspace.
Avoid visiting public spaces during your breaks.
If you are exposed or have symptoms
Do not go to work if you are sick even if your symptoms are mild.
Already at work? Put on a mask, tell your supervisor and go home in a private
Isolate from people in your household.
Call your local public health authority for advice.
Consider getting tested.
What employers can do
Complete risk assessments.
Identify and set up prevention strategies:
Stagger start times
Provide good ventilation
Provide outdoor spaces
Use physical barriers
Limit the number of people in a space
Screen for symptoms
Monitor the success of these controls.
Consider changes or other steps if issues arise.
Document last updated on: 2020-10-01