Office Space

Outline of the enhanced health and safety controls that must be in place in each of these workplaces and summary of the protocols that will be in place in each environment going forward as a result of COVID-19.


  • Ensure cleaning and disinfectant products are accessible
  • Train employees on the proper use of cleaning and disinfectant products
  • Ensure employees clean and disinfect their own desk, chair, keyboard, mouse, phone and other equipment regularly
  • Ensure high-touch areas like doors and door handles are cleaned regularly


  • Ensure employees can maintain a physical distance of two metres from others
  • Rearrange workstation assignments, leave alternate desks empty, rotate days at work
  • Stagger breaks, lunch hours, start and end times for employees.
  • Where possible, require employees to stay within their own work location
  • Post signs indicating maximum number of people allowed in smaller spaces
  • Discourage face-to-face interactions
  • Minimize the use of elevators
  • Use signage, floor stickers to promote social distancing
  • Limit visitors to essential business only


  • Encourage employees to practice good hand hygiene
  • Provide soap at all sinks
  • Provide alcohol-based hand sanitizer where soap/water is not available
  • Educate employees about coughing or sneezing into their sleeves
  • Stay home if you are sick
  • Discourage employees from sharing desks, chairs phones, keyboards or other equipment



  • As per York Public Health all person(s) in facilities open to the public are required to wear a face covering (this includes all municipal facilities).
  • Staff are required to where face mask (ASTM level 2 minimum) if physical distancing cannot be maintained with other person(s)
  • Staff are required to wear eye protection (i.e. face shield, safety glasses, safety goggles) if physical distancing cannot be maintained from a person(s) without face mask
  • Task specific PPE may be required based on risk assessments completed


  • Provide employees with regular updates and information about the COVID-19 situation
  • Share all relevant Standard Operating Procedures, schedules for cleaning and disinfecting, and other key information
  • Post information about physical distancing, good hand hygiene and health screening
  • Share updates from senior management regularly