The employer has the duty to provide a safe work place

If you are one of the economic sectors that gradually recover their activity, you are going to return to work, if this is not already done.

Since the virus continues to circulate in Quebec, your working environment must be suitable to limit the risk of contagion.

Distancing and physical protection equipment

To the extent possible, a distance of 2 metres must be maintained between persons at work.

If this is not possible, your employer must take steps to limit the risk of transmission of the virus.

For example, it may :

  • Promote telework
  • Install partitions between the workstations too close to each other,
  • Reduce the number of staff present per shift,
  • Provide masks, goggles, visors or gloves, depending on the risk to which you are exposed.

Check the symptoms of the employees

Your employer must check if employees show symptoms of the COVID-19 before allowing them to enter their place of work.

This verification can be done using a self-assessment or a questionnaire filled out by each employee.

In addition to these minimum measures, standards, additional health may apply, depending on the work that you do.

The standards Commission, equity, health and safety in the workplace (CNESST) has developed a guide on the health standards for each workplace.

See it on the site

To each his obligations

Your employer has the obligation to take the necessary measures to ensure the safety of its employees.

You must also work together to protect you and your colleagues. You must therefore comply with the measures.

If you identify a potential risk, you must also notify your supervisor or the health and safety committee.

Informational text – This text is not legal advice; it is recommended to consult with a lawyer or a notary public to such a notice. Éducaloi is a non-profit organization whose mission is to inform Quebecers of their rights and obligations in a clear language”.

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