Ontario PPE directory now online

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If you are in business in Ontario and have been having trouble finding the personal protective equipment (PPE) you and your team needs to stay on the job during the COVID-19 pandemic, the provincial government is offering some help.

Late last week, the Ontario government announced that it was supporting business owners and workers in the province by launching a website with information about PPE suppliers. The Workplace PPE Supplier Directory has an up-to-date list of Ontario companies and business associations that are ready to supply personal protective equipment to service providers in the province.

“Ontario’s businesses stepped up at the outset of this crisis not only to keep their workers and customers safe, but to come forward with innovative ideas and solutions that represent the best of the Ontario Spirit,” said Vic Fedeli, Minister of Economic Development, Job Creation and Trade. “This new website is truly a made-in-Ontario approach with Ontario businesses helping Ontario businesses.”

With government continuing to prioritize the needs of patients, frontline healthcare workers and first responders when it comes to having critical equipment and supplies to protect themselves during the COVID-19 outbreak, businesses are encouraged to access only the PPE they need to keep their employees and customers safe, but suppliers listed on the site have product available for purchase.

“We will leave no stone unturned in our mission to keep workers in this province safe,” said Monte McNaughton, Minister of Labour, Training and Skills Development. “Ontario’s labour laws are clear: businesses must protect the health and safety of workers, including against workplace hazards like COVID-19. We want to ensure everyone is safe at work.”

In addition to the PPE website, the government and health and safety associations have released more than 90 safety guidance documents to assist employers in multiple sectors, including construction, and the government is also asking workers and the public to continue to adhere to public health measures, including physical distancing or wearing a face covering when physical distancing is difficult or not possible, as well as regular handwashing and staying home when ill.

If you have spotted a good source of PPE in your area, or a list like the one put together by the Ontario government, please let us know and we’ll share that information with your peers in the industry. We’re all in this together.