COVID-19 Working Safely on Campus

We all need to do our part to prevent the spread of COVID-19 on our Campus by doing the following:  

Follow the COVID-19 Safe Operating Procedures that apply to you.

Wear a non-medical mask when you are not in your "work space" and as directed by your supervisor.

Maintain a two-metre physical distance from all other people.

Wash your hands often.

Do not touch your face.

User proper sneeze and cough etiquette.

Do not touch your face.

Avoid sharing tools and equipment.

Sanitize your hands and/or all shared tools and equipment before and after use.

Do not touch your face.

Clean and sanitize the frequently touched surfaces within your workspace using the wipes provided.

Avoid unnecessary travel around campus.  Socializing in person is strongly discouraged.

Avoid in-person meetings.  Use virtual means as much as possible.

Do not touch your face.

Avoid sharing paper.  Develop paperless ways to communicate and produce due diligence records.

Do not share pens.

Do not share radios aka "walkie-talkies"

Follow all posted directional and spatial signage.

Be Innovative - find safe new ways to perform work following the COVID-19 Public Health directives and StFX protocols.

Stay home if you are sick.  If you develop symptoms at work, contact your supervisor.

Get Outside as much as possible.  

Maximize ventilation in your space.

Report all Health and Safety Concerns, suggestions or observations here.

 

Shared Spaces Safety Practices

Stagger shift and break times to ensrue physical distancing

Disinfect or use barrier between your hand and high-touch surfaces

Avoid gathering in lunch rooms, meeting rooms and shop areas

 

Washroom Safety Practices

Consider smaller washroom sas single occupancy spaces; if occupied, patiently wait two metres awary from the door.

In later washrooms, maintain two metre physical distancing

Wash your hands before and after use

Use a paper towel (or other barrier) to open the door when exiting

 

Elevator Safety Practices

Maintain a distance of two metres

Maximum occupancy of two

Avoid direct contact with high-touch surfaces

Wash or disinfect hands before and after leaving the elevator

Avoid use - use the stairs when possible

 

 

THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION WAS COPIED FROM THE WESTERN UNIVERSITY WEBSITE

Office Environment

  • Stagger shift and break times to ensure physical distancing of two metres; consider job task rotation
  • Avoid direct contact with high-touch/shared surfaces
  • Wipe surfaces and/or equipment with sanitizer wipe after each use; applicable to computers and keyboards, phones, kitchen equipment, photocopiers, office door handles, countertops
  • Use automatic door openers/light switches where possible using elbow/knuckle to turn on
  • Disinfect or use a barrier between your hand and high-touch surfaces
  • Sneeze or cough into a tissue and promptly discard it
  • Wash or disinfect hands before and after leaving an elevator
  • Avoid gathering in lunchrooms, meeting rooms and shop areas
  • If possible, hold necessary in-person meetings in an outdoor or large space to enable physical distancing
  • Restrict eating to clearly identified and dedicated eating areas, ensuring these areas have handwashing/sanitizer materials, cleaning materials and proper space to ensure physical distancing
  • If required to ensure proper physical distancing, hHave controlled entry and exit points into an office area with traffic flow arrows and signs on floors
  • Barriers such as plexiglass should be installed where there are customer service points/face-to-face interaction where physical distancing cannot be maintained
  • Upon returning home, wash clothes/face coverings immediately, wash hands and shower.

Lab Environment

  • Stagger shift and break times to ensure physical distancing of two metres
  • Avoid direct contact with high-touch surfaces
  • Disinfect or use a barrier between your hand and high-touch surfaces
  • Wash or disinfect hands before and after leaving an elevator
  • Avoid gathering in lunchrooms, meeting rooms and shop areas
  • Keep surfaces tidy and free of clutter so surfaces can easily be cleaned
  • Remember glove protocol and do not wear them outside of the lab
  • Change lab coats frequently, keep them separated from other lab coats (not on a coat rack) and wash them more frequently
  • Wear gloves while disinfecting surfaces
  • Wear gloves when using equipment that cannot be disinfected
  • Upon returning home, wash clothes/ face coverings immediately, wash hands and shower
  • Laboratory space and shared space must be disinfected after each use, including:
    • Lab benches
    • Fumehood touchpoints
    • Cabinet and drawer handles
    • Desks and chairs
    • Fridge, freezer, etc. handles
    • Computer keyboard and mouse
  • Guidelines for use of common equipment and instruments:
    • Disinfect after use
    • Only one user at a time
    • Use hand sanitizer or wash your hands before and after use or wear clean gloves
    • Consider assigning equipment to individuals e.g. pipettors
  • Those wanting to make their own bleach disinfecting solution can follow the steps in this helpful resource.

Trades/Technical Research Environment

  • Avoid the sharing of hand tools and power tools. If sharing is necessary, enable the sanitization of shared equipment.
  • If in-person meetings are required, hold meetings in an outdoor or large space to enable physical distancing
  • Avoid gathering in lunchrooms, meeting rooms and shop areas; if you have to, keep two metres physical distance
  • Upon returning home, wash clothes/ face coverings immediately, wash hands and shower

Classroom Environment

  • Avoid direct contact with high-touch surfaces
  • Disinfect or use a barrier between your hand and high-touch surfaces
  • Wash your hands with soap and water and/or use hand sanitizer frequently
  • Wash or disinfect hands before and after leaving an elevator
  • Adhere to pedestrian traffic flow (single lane and bi-directional) signage in building corridors and inside classrooms
  • Ensure you are seated in the classroom at locations identified
  • Enter and exit the classroom at the identified locations
  • Enter and exit buildings at the identified locations
  • Upon returning home, wash clothes/ face coverings immediately, wash hands and shower