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.

Hierarchy of Control

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

  • Reviewing desk distances and installing barriers between desks where needed.
  • Installing barriers or plexiglass between employees and/or residents.
  • Complete routine inspected and maintenance of HVAC system (i.e. filter changes) as per manufacturer’s recommendation.

ADJUSTING PROCESS

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

PROVIDING PPE

Staff provided task specific PPE, some PPE includes but is not limited to:

  • Face Covering – source control (in facilities open to the public and while moving in facilities close to the public)
  • Face Mask – min ASTM Level 2 to be used when physical distancing of 2m cannot be maintained from another person
  • Face Shield – to be used when physical distancing of 2m cannot be maintained from another person (without face covering)
  • Disposable Gloves – to be used for task:
    • where hands may become visibly dirty and hand-washing facilities are not available; or
    • If chemicals are being used to clean and disinfect.