A 2017 resource manual for Designated Officers, created by the Ontario Association of Designated Officers.
The foundation document for this group is based on the 2008 amendment to the Health Protection and Promotion Act.
The group came together from an identified need to standardize the response of emergency services across the province to infectious disease in the work environment.
Provide consistency between services in the prevention and mitigation of exposures to increase worker and patient safety.
Advocate for standardized responses from public health units and reports of emergency service worker exposures to infectious diseases.
Identify the roles & responsibilities of the Designated Officers and Ontario Public Health Units based on current best-practice guidelines.
Develop consistent training materials to be used by all Provincial emergency services, even outside Ontario.
Mitigate and prevent occupational exposures to communicable disease for all emergency and justice service workers through education, communication and collaboration.
Protect the lives of emergency and justice service workers by preventing exposures to communicable disease.