As many of our valued partners work towards bringing their staff back to work in office environments over the next 6 months, we’ve been asked what they can do to make their office spaces safer while the immediate threat of COVID 19 still presides.

Reconfiguring workspaces while prioritizing health is certainly at the top of everyone’s mind.

Distancing – Design trends over the last decade have emphasized on smaller cubicles with low divider screens in a Benching style arrangement. This design although esthetically pleasing certainly doesn’t reduce the risk of COVID transmission in a working environment. Maintaining social distance is key and this can be achieved with most systems furniture products by simply flipping the orientation of workstations or strategically installing filler panels to increase distance between stations.

Screens – Most cubicle manufacturers offer the ability to raise the height of your panels in between workstations to reduce the risk of particles travelling from one workspace to another. After market Plexi and glass screens are also available which create a barrier without eliminating the open space ambiance within your office.

Fresh Air – Simply introducing fresh air into your workplace is one the simplest ways to reduce the spread of any contagions.

Kevin Belusa – President of Air and Flow Genuity says “There is no silver bullet for COVID. There are only strategies used in conjunction with one another that can help reduce the spread. Cleaning helps reduce touched based transmission. But what about transmission in the air? Aerosolized pathogens are transferred through a facility by moving with particles. Therefore, removing and diluting particles in the space is one of the best solutions to minimizing a potential transmission. Diluting particles as they are being generated in  a room, by a cough or a person talking loudly requires you to know particle counts and have building systems respond with the introduction of fresh air in a manner that is cognisant of energy and carbon emissions. The new paradigm in office ventilation is emerging and AirGenuity can help reduce operating costs, increase safety and provide tools to establish the comforted in your building needed by staff and employers – to get people back into your spaces.”


It is possible to return to the office safely, says Darren Slemko, President of Tennier Sanitation. It’s just a matter of being smart, careful, and ensuring everyone has the knowledge and training they need. “It’s important to choose the right disinfectants and sanitizers – and then use them properly,” he says. Different products have different ‘dwell times’, for example: The amount of time they need to be left on a surface in order to reach maximum efficacy. Quickly wiping a surface with a product that needs to sit for 5 minutes won’t deliver the results you need to stay safe. “We also recommend that before you choose products, you check the Health Canada website [ ] to make sure they’ve been confirmed effective, especially when it comes to coronavirus.”

For more information on workplace cleaning, PPE and safety in a pandemic, click on the links below:

What you need to know about the cleaners you’re using

Using the right masks at work

Furniture –

Joe Melo – President Wurk Furniture

When COVID-19 first became an issue and employers started to have to send people home in order to protect them, we began to look at ways that we could help protect employees that had to stay in the office and that were destined to come back at some point. We quickly developed products such as universal barriers that could work on many different systems to protect workers from spreading COVID-19. in our case we decided to use tempered glass rather than plexi because you can clean it with pretty much anything & not deform it. We also worked closely with our customers in order to create floor plates that promote social distancing. We had to get a new understanding of what our clients did and how they worked in order to provide viable solutions, it was paramount in making sure that the environment was going to be safe for their employees to come back. One of the key requests that we received was to be able to remove the barriers without damaging the actual furniture they were being installed on. We took this request very seriously as it symbolized hope that this would soon be over. We continue to develop products to help our clients address the day to day needs especially in these trying times.

January 14, 2021

To all Clients of Porter Services,

Due to the recent ‘stay at home’ announcement from the Ontario government, we want to advise you of how Porter is remaining open to service your business needs.

While Porter is deemed an essential service, some of our clients are not. As such, due to reduced business levels – effective Jan 25 to Feb 15, Porter will be open for business by appointment only.

The following is a contact list that you may use to reach us for any of your enquiries:


Please continue to forward all project quotations are per normal. We have remote workers available and on standby to quote your project and assist with your sale’s questions.


As we will be operating with a skeleton staff during the next 28 days, all deliveries must be made by appointment only, and with at least 48 hours notice.

Please contact Steve Barbitta – Warehouse – 647-522-2237 to coordinate.


Please contact Danny Almeida – Director of Operations – 416-990-6998 –

Thank you for your understanding, and we look forward to returning to regular business hours.

When searching for an office mover you’ll be inundated by hundreds of options at the stroke of a key.I have found that many “office moving companies” are simply independent contractors that have access to a truck and inexperienced labour.

A reputable office mover will offer following:

Brick and Mortar: All reputable office movers will have a warehouse where they can store your goods if required or receive and cross dock any new furniture or equipment for your relocation.

Fleet of trucks: Although many office moving firms will rent trucks during peak times of the month, every reputable and sizable firm will own its own fleet of trucks.

Expertise: Experience is key, which is why reputable office movers will employee professional estimators, project managers, move supervisors, installation supervisors, truck drivers, professional furniture installers and movers. Trained and certified furniture installers are key to any office relocation. Trained installers will dismantle and reassemble your office furniture to manufacturer specifications and blue prints.

Equipment: Not all moves are the same. Office relocations require specialized equipment such as PC Carts, open bins, panel carts and flat dollies. This specialized equipment will the reduce the possibility of potential damages getting you and your staff back up and working in a timely manner.

Free Quotes: All reputable office movers will offer free quotes based on a scope of work which will include packing materials, labels and plastic moving containers. Hourly rates for crews and trucks are mostly utilized by residential movers.

Insurance and WSIB: AVOID damage and injury liabilities by hiring a mover that will supply a WSIB clearance certificate  and liability insurance certificate. Industry standard for Insurance would require an umbrella policy with up to $10 Million coverage and a current WSIB clearance form will ensure that the company is in good standing with the Safety Insurance Board.