The following guidelines outline the minimum public health measures required to keep yourself, employees and Niagara residents safe and healthy when re-opening workplaces.
Every workplace should review their appropriate health and safety guidelines.
Operators are recommended to place screening posters at the entrance to make sure customers don't enter if they have COVID-19 signs or symptoms. If able, consider screening customers over the phone before arrival.
People with symptoms of COVID-19 shouldn't enter the building and should go home right away to self-isolate to stop the spread of infection.
Operators should actively screen staff before the beginning of each shift for signs and symptoms. Active screening means someone is responsible for reviewing the list of signs and symptoms before allowing entry into the building.
If the individual answers 'yes' to any of the screening questions, or refuses to answer, they have failed the screening and shouldn't enter the building. They should return home to self-isolate immediately and call their health care professional.
Post clear, visible signage at all entrances and in the workplace reminding employees and customers about:
Make alcohol-based hand sanitizer available at the screening table and throughout the establishment, such as each entrance, checkouts, tables, washrooms, etc.
Employees should wash or sanitize hands between every interaction with customers, when visibly soiled / contaminated, or after frequent contact with high touch surfaces.
Increase environmental cleaning and disinfecting of all high touch surfaces at least twice daily, such as doorknobs, elevator buttons, light switches, toilet handles, counters, hand rails, touch screens surfaces and shared materials, equipment, workstations and keypads
Provide lined garbage bins throughout the workplace for employees and customers.
Make sure ventilation systems operate properly and increase circulation of outdoor air as much as possible by opening windows and doors, using fans, and other methods
Encourage physical distancing (keeping a distance of at least two metres from other people) as much as possible.
On Sept. 17, 2020, Niagara Regional Council extended the temporary face covering by-law (By-law 2020-46) to require residents to wear mandatory face coverings in enclosed public places, and on Regional and municipal transit during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Employers should refer to the sector-specific guidelines below to determine what types of preventive measures are appropriate for their workplace settings.
A face shield or plastic mouth shield is not a substitution for a face covering.
Face shields are intended to be used by health care workers and worn in addition to other personal protective equipment. A face covering creates a complete or near-complete barrier on the sides of the wearer's face. A face shield is open on the sides which allows particles and aerosols to enter and exit.
Plastic mouth shields are not on the Health Canada medical device licence product list for personal protective equipment. As a non-medical mask it has significant gaps, particularly around the nose and top of the mask. It does not fit closely to the face and provides inadequate protection from particles and aerosols.
Wearing a face / mouth shield alone doesn't meet the requirements of the Regional by-law. Learn more with our frequently asked questions.
Follow Ministry of Health guidance regarding personal protective equipment for essential workplaces.
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