Message from the Chief Safety Officer
COVID-19 safety protocol reminders
On November 14, 2022, the Province issued a strong recommendation to wear face masks in all indoor spaces. There are considerable pressures on our healthcare system – especially with the increased activity for respiratory viruses, such as: COVID-19, seasonal influenza and Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV). This is a good time to remind everyone of the COVID-19 Safety Protocols at the TTC.
All employees and contractors are still required to wear face masks in the following situations or areas:
• Employees returning to work following respiratory virus symptom(s) or having tested positive with COVID-19. Masks must be worn for 10 days following onset of symptoms or positive test date.
• Employees identified as having unprotected close contact with someone who is positive for COVID-19. Masks must be worn for 10 days following last day of exposure.
• Wheel-Trans Operators when customers are onboard their vehicles and/or when in close interaction with customers.
Though it is not mandatory, in all other situations and areas where physical distancing of two metres (or six feet) cannot be maintained, it is strongly recommended that employees wear a well-fitted mask (ASTM level two or higher) that covers their nose, mouth and chin. Cloth masks are not acceptable.
All employees must continue to play a role in safety by self-screening for respiratory virus symptoms before coming to work. Please refer to the Provincial Screening Tool (https://www.ontario.ca/self-assessment/). If you must isolate at home, please inform your Supervisor.
Your safety in the workplace is of utmost importance to us. Other safety protocols to help keep each other safe include: practicing good hand hygiene; avoid touching your face with unwashed hands; and disinfecting shared workstations.
I encourage everyone to stay up-to-date with their COVID-19 and seasonal influenza vaccinations; and continue to follow all COVID-19 safety protocols in the workplace. We have come a long way together – let’s make sure we continue to do all we can to protect each other.
Chief Safety Officer
November 15, 2022