Hand and Respiratory Hygiene & Equipment (COVID)

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Increased Hygiene and Environmental Cleaning/Disinfection

Keeping the workplace clean and sanitized and practising increased hygiene is vital. It is critical to follow thorough and regular cleaning and disinfecting practices as well as increased hygiene within the workplace. All employees must follow these guidelines:

Increased Hygiene

Limiting potential transmission of COVID 19 requires all employees to practice increased hygiene which includes frequent handwashing, respiratory etiquette and avoidance of face, eyes, nose or mouth touching. Clothes are also to be washed as soon as you get home.

To support increased hygiene, employees are to cough and sneeze into their elbows or facial tissue, avoid touching their face, and dispose of used tissues immediately, to avoid contaminating their hands. Hands are to be washed with soap and warm running water or use hand sanitizer with a minimum 60% alcohol. Each Town facility has a suitable number of handwashing and/or hand sanitizer stations with a minimum 60% alcohol for the size of the worksite.

Handwashing

  • Handwashing must be performed periodically throughout the work day but especially after entering or leaving a workplace, before and after break times and after being in a high touch area.
  • Handwashing stations with soap and water are available to all employees at each Town facility.
  • Handwashing stations will be checked, cleaned, and restocked with supplies when required. Typically, this will be done at the start and end of every work day but should an urgent need arise during the day, the Facilities department should be contacted.
  • Soap and water handwashing stations may be supplemented or replaced by waterless hand sanitizers with a minimum 60% alcohol.
  • Where supplies are available, each employee will be provided with hand sanitizer for personal use that can be used throughout the day.
  • Hand washing instructions and reminders will be posted for employees at all handwashing stations and in high traffic areas.

Supporting material

  • Refer to the documents on this page for additional information on handwashing procedures.

Respiratory Hygiene

  • When caught without a facial tissue, sneeze or cough into your sleeve or the bend in your elbow to contain the sneeze or cough.
  • Always cover nose and mouth when coughing or sneezing,
  • Turn your head away from others when covering your cough or sneeze,
  • Throw away tissues into a proper receptacle after using,
  • Wash hands after coughing, sneezing, and using tissues,
  • Ask others in your workplace to cover their coughs and sneezes.

Personal Protective Equipment

In most situations, while in a Town workplace, employees do not need to wear personal protective equipment (PPE) to protect against COVID-19. Public Health Ontario has advised that PPE should only be used when all other mitigation measures have been implemented. When hazards related to COVID-19 cannot be eliminated through administrative and engineering controls, PPE is then be used in the workplace. PPE, which controls the hazard at the employee level, includes measures such as face masks, gloves and eye protection.

Where it has been determined that PPE is required, employees will be provided with the PPE and will be trained on how to use the PPE correctly, including fit, use, putting it on and taking it off, maintenance, cleaning, and disposal, as well as the limitations. The current COVID-19 pandemic does not change existing PPE requirements that apply to specific job duties.

Increased Hygiene and Environmental Cleaning/Disinfection

Keeping the workplace clean and sanitized and practising increased hygiene is vital. It is critical to follow thorough and regular cleaning and disinfecting practices as well as increased hygiene within the workplace. All employees must follow these guidelines:

Increased Hygiene

Limiting potential transmission of COVID 19 requires all employees to practice increased hygiene which includes frequent handwashing, respiratory etiquette and avoidance of face, eyes, nose or mouth touching. Clothes are also to be washed as soon as you get home.

To support increased hygiene, employees are to cough and sneeze into their elbows or facial tissue, avoid touching their face, and dispose of used tissues immediately, to avoid contaminating their hands. Hands are to be washed with soap and warm running water or use hand sanitizer with a minimum 60% alcohol. Each Town facility has a suitable number of handwashing and/or hand sanitizer stations with a minimum 60% alcohol for the size of the worksite.

Handwashing

  • Handwashing must be performed periodically throughout the work day but especially after entering or leaving a workplace, before and after break times and after being in a high touch area.
  • Handwashing stations with soap and water are available to all employees at each Town facility.
  • Handwashing stations will be checked, cleaned, and restocked with supplies when required. Typically, this will be done at the start and end of every work day but should an urgent need arise during the day, the Facilities department should be contacted.
  • Soap and water handwashing stations may be supplemented or replaced by waterless hand sanitizers with a minimum 60% alcohol.
  • Where supplies are available, each employee will be provided with hand sanitizer for personal use that can be used throughout the day.
  • Hand washing instructions and reminders will be posted for employees at all handwashing stations and in high traffic areas.

Supporting material

  • Refer to the documents on this page for additional information on handwashing procedures.

Respiratory Hygiene

  • When caught without a facial tissue, sneeze or cough into your sleeve or the bend in your elbow to contain the sneeze or cough.
  • Always cover nose and mouth when coughing or sneezing,
  • Turn your head away from others when covering your cough or sneeze,
  • Throw away tissues into a proper receptacle after using,
  • Wash hands after coughing, sneezing, and using tissues,
  • Ask others in your workplace to cover their coughs and sneezes.

Personal Protective Equipment

In most situations, while in a Town workplace, employees do not need to wear personal protective equipment (PPE) to protect against COVID-19. Public Health Ontario has advised that PPE should only be used when all other mitigation measures have been implemented. When hazards related to COVID-19 cannot be eliminated through administrative and engineering controls, PPE is then be used in the workplace. PPE, which controls the hazard at the employee level, includes measures such as face masks, gloves and eye protection.

Where it has been determined that PPE is required, employees will be provided with the PPE and will be trained on how to use the PPE correctly, including fit, use, putting it on and taking it off, maintenance, cleaning, and disposal, as well as the limitations. The current COVID-19 pandemic does not change existing PPE requirements that apply to specific job duties.