Safe Working Environments

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To ensure health and safety in municipal facilities and spaces as staff and residents begin to return and interact once again, the City 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 City 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.

The hierarchy of controls first focuses on physical distancing to eliminate exposure to COVID-19, adjusting the workplace to enable physical distancing, adjusting processes and administrative controls and providing personal protective equipment (PPE) to help manage exposure.

Actions within each of these areas will be implemented across all City facilities prior to reopening to ensure the safety of staff and residents. 

At this time, City staff are focused on implementing the different controls required in each of the work environments, based on priority of staff working on site and reopening timelines.

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Physical Distancing - Maintaining at least 2 meters of physical

Physical Distancing

Eliminate Exposure
 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

Manage Exposure
 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.