The Designated Officers Program is a mandatory program developed by the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care and the Emergency Services branch in response to growing concerns about workplace exposures to communicable diseases. The Designated Officers Program helps to protect emergency responders from communicable diseases that they may be exposed to in the line of duty.

Have you or a co-worker been exposed?

If you or a co-worker have been exposed:

  1. Follow the What to do after an exposure to potential blood borne infections steps.
  2. Complete the Designated Officer Incident Assessment Form.

Health Unit Contact Numbers for Reporting

Monday to Friday 8:30 am to 4:30 pm

  • Medical Officer of Health Confidential Secretary – Call 519-271-7600 extension 256
  • General health questions and information – Call Health Line at 519-271-7600 or toll-free at 1-877-271-7348 extension 267

After hours and on weekends:

Phone On-call answering service at 1-800-431-2054. (On-call staff will call back within one hour)

Roles and Responsibilities

Ontario Association of Designated Officers – Designated Officer Roles and Responsibilities

Role of the Perth District Health Unit

The Health Unit will:

  • Be available to the Designated Officers in Perth County for consultation
  • Review information on any incidents reported by a Designated Officer
  • Assist the Designated Officer in assessing whether exposure may have occurred
  • Provide recommendations to the Designated Officer for action, such as medical attention, testing, prophylaxis, follow-up and counselling
  • Monitor reportable communicable diseases and notify contacts, including Emergency Service Workers through the Designated officer

The Health Unit will not:

  • Gather information from the Emergency Service Worker (role of the Designated Officer)
  • Provide specific treatment advice (role of the Emergency Service Worker’s physician)
  • Provide information on the diagnosis of a patient (confidential).