• Designated Officers Manual for Infection Prevention

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    The OADO is joining with the Ontario Hazardous Materials Responders Association (OHMRA)!

  • Designated Officers Manual for Infection Prevention

    Infection Prevention

    A 2017 resource manual for Designated Officers, created by the Ontario Association of Designated Officers.

  • IPAC For Designated Officers

    Infection Prevention & Control

    Assisting Designated Officers understand and communicate the importance of IPAC.

  • Health & SafetyIncrease Worker & Client Safety


    Provide consistency between services in the prevention and mitigation of exposures.

  • Standardized ResponsePublic Health Units


    Investigation of exposure and access to accurate information and advice concerning action post-exposure.

  • Education Symposium 2018 Sponsors


    Workplace Medical


    Thank You to the Sponsors for their contributions to our 2018 Educational Symposium!

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The Personal Protection Strategy Model


Situational risk assessments for Infection Prevention And Control (IPAC).


The cyclical centre of the Personal Protection Strategy.


Select the most appropriate actionable steps to protect from exposure to communicable disease.

Location Duration Proximity Interaction

Assessing the IPAC Situation

Whether dealing with a victim, suspect, witness, complainant, patient, inmate or resident, Emergency Service Workers (ESWs) and Justice Service Workers (JSWs) are urged to perform situational risk assessments for IPAC in order to assist them with creating a strategy of protection from communicable disease.

Situations may change several times before the incident is completed, and each change requires a new and appropriate strategic response to protect both the ESW/JSW and the client from exposure to communicable disease. The Personal Protection Strategy is an ongoing process that has the worker establish a continual flow from Assessment to Planning to Action and back to Assessment, where the process may start again.

Risk from communicable disease may be present in the work environment even without the presence of another person. The ESW/JSW is encouraged to go about their work environments considering all IPAC risks. All high-touch surfaces and items such as sharps or previously used equipment can serve as a reservoir for communicable disease without another person being there.

The demeanour of the client also requires assessment. The ESW/JSW must evaluate the client not only for signs and symptoms of injury and illness, but also whether or not the client is behaving in a co-operative or non-co-operative manner, all of which will impact the IPAC risk to the worker.

Assessment of the situation should start as soon as information is given via 911 dispatch and through both the everyday and emergency internal communications at the Correctional or Youth Centre.

For more information, resources and teaching tools related to the PPS, please click on the Resources section of the webpage. Available to Members Only.

OADO The Background

  • History
  • Goals
  • Objectives
  • Mission


The foundation document for this group is based on the 2008 amendment to the Health Protection and Promotion Act.

Response Gap

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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