• Designated Officers Manual for Infection Prevention

    OADO &

    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

Creating a Plan

The cyclical centre of the Personal Protection Strategy is representative of the fluidity of the situational assessment. ESWs and JSWs are reminded to focus on the situation with the intention of first assessing, then creating a plan from the assessment. Their plan will include the actionable steps from the model.

Planning for IPAC must occur before ESWs and JSWs are exposed to any risks that are inherent in their day-to-day roles. Planning begins with a foundation of protection through immunization and hand hygiene, ensuring that appropriate PPE is accessible, available, and ready for use and that workers are educated and trained in the skills required to assess and mitigate IPAC risks.

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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