The best way to address health and safety concerns is to put the COVID-19 response plan in place before workers are re-introduced into the workplace. Where work has never stopped, existing hazard (or risk) assessments should be reviewed in light of COVID-19. This must be done with a (Joint) Health and Safety Committee or the Health and Safety Representative (HSC/HSR) consultation, as appropriate.

Below is a sample checklist to evaluate the current health and safety system in your workplace as it related to COVID-19. For more information on specific health and safety practices for COVID-19, HSC/HSR resources, and how a hazard/risk assessment can be performed, please visit the CUPE National Health and Safety Section of the website (see links below).