Safe Working Environments

To ensure health and safety in municipal facilities and spaces as staff and residents begin to return and interact once again, the Town has developed guidelines and requirements for providing safe working environments for employees and residents who may be visiting them.

Hierarchy of Controls

In developing these guidelines, the Town has considered a hierarchy of controls, as recommended by the Medical Officer of Health. The elements closer to the top of the inverted triangle help with eliminating the spread of COVID-19. Those closer to the tip of the triangle are for managing exposure.

PHYSICAL DISTANCING

  • Working from home and using technology.
  • Maintaining a physical distance of two metres from others.
  • Restricting the number of employees onsite.
  • Managing traffic flow and using floor markings.

ADJUSTING THE WORKPLACE

  • Rearranging desks.
  • Spacing out work stations.
  • Installing barriers or plexiglass between employees and/or residents.
  • Ensuring proper and adequate ventilation meets industry guidelines and standards.

ADJUSTING PROCESS

  • Implementing health screening of all employees and visitors.
  • Encouraging employees to practice good hand washing and hygiene techniques
  • Encouraging individuals to practice hand hygiene directly after contact with high touch areas.
  • Increasing cleaning and disinfecting.

PROVIDING PPE

  • Working from home and using technology.
  • Maintaining a physical distance of two metres from others.
  • Restricting the number of employees onsite.
  • Managing traffic flow and using floor markings.