Workplace Screening

The Government of Ontario requires screening for workers who enter a workplace and has provided this tool as an aide.

Screening should occur before or when a worker enters the workplace at the beginning of their day or shift, or when a visitor arrives. Alternatives to paper screening forms may include third-party apps or cloud-based systems (such as Google Forms, Microsoft Forms and others) for increased efficiency in the screening process.

Venues in the Protect (yellow) or Restrict (orange) regions under Ontario’s COVID-19 Response Framework: Keeping Ontario Safe and Open are required to gather contact information for all patrons in the same manner as workers. Similar to contract tracing, third-party apps provide a good alternative to a paper-based system.

Venues in the Prevent (green) level may also wish to screen patrons as an additional level of prevention.

While not a requirement, venues may choose to implement an active temperature screening process for workers and/or patrons as a heightened layer of prevention. Staff required to conduct the temperature screening should wear PPE such as medical masks, face shields and/or safety glasses and use a no-touch thermometer. Health Canada has also approved a list of medical devices for uses related to COVID-19 including body temperature scanners allowing individuals to be screened for fever at a safe distance.


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