Laboratories

Hamilton Reopens - A roadmap to our new realityOutline 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.

COVID cleaning, spray bottle

Cleaning

 Ensure cleaning and disinfectant products are accessible
 Train employees on the proper use of cleaning and disinfectant products
 Follow usual laboratory cleaning procedures
 Ensure employees clean and disinfect work stations, lab carts, and other equipment regularly
 Ensure high-touch areas like doors and door handles are cleaned regularly
 Inform employees about the schedule and frequency of third-party cleaners


Physical Distancing

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


Stop the Spread

 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
 Place garbage cans at entrances and exits
 Discourage employees from sharing desks, chairs phones, keyboards or other equipment


 

Health Screening

 Ensure all employees complete and pass the health self-screening (PDF version) before attending work
 Ensure visitors complete the visitor health screening before entering the facility or workplace
 Post signage for visitor health screening and direct them to contact Public Health Services for more information.


PPE

 Provide personal protective equipment where required – employees in laboratories should follow all usual procedures requiring PPE and use PPE as per City policy documents as directed.


Communication

 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