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November 2020 | Issue 29

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Take Note

A Letter from the Director


As we conclude 2020, I am hopeful for the opportunities and change in the upcoming year. We have faced challenges this year and have shifted our work processes while implementing sustainable solutions. The learning never stops, so let’s prepare for 2021 together. 

  • Stay vigilant as we enter the holiday and winter season. Protect yourself, your peers and family from COVID-19.
  • We have successfully modified most of our classroom courses into a virtual environment and will continue to offer these courses virtually throughout the first quarter of 2021. 
  • I have learned the critical importance of relevant and timely communication. Consider focusing on perfecting your leadership skills by participating in a virtual certificate program launching February 2021: Leadership Essentials for Frontline Leaders
  • OSHA has published a set of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) on how N95 respirators effectively protect wearers from coronavirus exposure. OSHA is aware of incorrect claims stating that N95 respirator filters do not capture particles as small as the virus that causes the coronavirus. OSHA’s new FAQ explains why an N95 respirator is effective at protecting users from the virus.

I hope to “see” you online or in the classroom in the coming months. Thank you for your partnership in 2020.


Stay well and hopeful, 


Wendy Laing


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