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Workplace Health and Safety Guidance during COVID-19

The following information will assist the McMaster community in the planning process for a return to campus while managing the risk related to the COVID-19 pandemic. The goal is to provide ease of transition and assist supervisors in the management of risks for a safe and successful return to campus.

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The University is committed to providing and maintaining healthy and safe working and learning environments for all workers, students, volunteers and visitors. This is achieved by observing best practices which meet or exceed the standards to comply with legislative requirements. Our workers’ commitment to the University community is integral to the success of the institution. McMaster continues to take every reasonable precaution to ensure the health and safety of the campus community.

The following information is intended to aid supervisors when addressing occupational health and safety concerns in the workplace related to COVID-19 in accordance with the Occupational Health and Safety Act requirements and restrictions and information provided by Public Health Agency of Canada, Public Health Ontario and Global Affairs Canada.

We recognize that the evolution of public health advice and government requirements will influence and restrict how the return to work will occur and workplace flexibility will continue to be required at this time. The guidance on this page is, therefore, dynamic and will continue to be regularly reviewed and revised.

Refer to the Back to Mac website for university updates related to COVID-19.

1. Identify and understand the hazard (COVID-19)

2. Identify the impacted individuals (all members of the McMaster community)

  • All employees are potentially impacted
  • Recognize that, while no one is immune from COVID-19, there are groups of people who are more at risk than others, including:
    • those who are over 65
    • those with compromised immune system
    • those who have traveled internationally
    • those who have been in contact with someone who is COVID-19 positive

3. Evaluate measures to control the hazard

  • Following the guidance provided on this page, move through the hierarchy of control from the top to the bottom to evaluate the available measures to effectively protect the workplace.

4. Implement appropriate measures to control the hazard

  • Implement the measures you have evaluated to be effective and reasonable to protect the workplace
  • Take every reasonable precaution for the protection of the worker

5. Monitor & evaluate the control measures in place

  • Ensure that employees/researchers are aware of the requirement to complete checklist steps daily prior to coming to campus
  • Continue to regularly check in with reliable sources of information
  • As new information becomes available, reassess the applicability of the measures in place and evaluate if additional or modified measures are required

Workplace Preventative Measures for COVID-19: Hierarchy of Hazard Control

COVID-19 is a new hazard in the workplace. Hazard mitigation should always focus on implementing measures to eliminate or reduce the risk – which, in this case, is contact with COVID-19. For this purpose, the hierarchy of measures to control the hazard must be considered, as outlined below (modified to apply to the current circumstances).

Workplace Checklists and Templates

The Health and Safety team is continually updating documents to ensure they reflect the most recent public health guidance. Each folder will be time dated with the date of the last revision.

Visit the Back to Mac website for general Health and Safety FAQs for the campus community.

 

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Workplace COVID-19 Supervisor Checklist

Checklist to support supervisors in ensuring the health and safety of employees during COVID-19 (PDF)

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Workplace COVID-19 Lab Worker Checklist

Checklist to support lab employees in ensuring their health and safety during COVID-19 (PDF)

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Workplace COVID-19 Employee/Researcher Checklist

Checklist to support employees and researchers in ensuring their health and safety during COVID-19 (PDF)

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COVID-19 SOP Risk Assessment Template

Use the following template to create an effective COVID-19 standard operating procedure (SOP).

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Contracting Work COVID-19 Checklist

This checklist is intended for departments authorized to contract work to ensure the health and safety of all those performing work onsite during COVID-19.

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Workplace COVID-19 Instructor Checklist

Checklist to support instructors in ensuring the health and safety of employees during COVID-19 (PDF)

Workplace Guidelines

The Health and Safety team is continually updating documents to ensure they reflect the most recent public health guidance. Each folder will be time dated with the date of the last revision.

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Guidelines for Research Lab Use During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Guidance related to Research Lab Use to ensure the appropriate COVID-19 health and safety considerations for the protection of all members of the McMaster community.

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Guidelines for Vehicle Use During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Guidelines related to Vehicle Use to ensure the appropriate COVID-19 health and safety considerations for the protection of all members of the McMaster community.

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Guidelines for Fieldwork During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Guidance related to Fieldwork to ensure the appropriate COVID-19 health and safety considerations for the protection of all members of the McMaster community.

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Guidance for Accessing/Working in Shared Studio Spaces during the COVID-19 Pandemic

Guidance related to Shared Studio Space to ensure the appropriate COVID-19 health and safety considerations for the protection of all members of the McMaster community.

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Guidelines for Building Evacuations During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Guidance related to Building Evacuations to ensure the appropriate COVID-19 health and safety considerations for the protection of all members of the McMaster community.

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Guidelines/Protocols for Face Coverings and Masks During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Guidance related to Face Coverings and Masks to ensure the appropriate COVID-19 health and safety considerations for the protection of all members of the McMaster community.

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Guidelines for Clinical Areas and Waiting Rooms During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Guidelines related to Clinical Areas and Waiting Rooms to ensure the appropriate COVID-19 health and safety considerations for the protection of all members of the McMaster community.

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Guidelines for Client Facing Areas During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Guidelines related to Client Facing Areas to ensure the appropriate COVID-19 health and safety considerations for the protection of all members of the McMaster community.

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Guidance for Research Involving Human Participants during the COVID-19 Pandemic

Guidance related to Research Involving Human Participants to ensure the appropriate COVID-19 health and safety considerations for the protection of all members of the McMaster community.

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Guidance for Training of Research Personnel during the COVID-19 Pandemic

Guidance related to Training of Research Personnel to ensure the appropriate COVID-19 health and safety considerations for the protection of all members of the McMaster community.

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Guidelines for the Use of Physical Barriers during the COVID-19 Pandemic

Guidelines related to the use of physical barriers to ensure the appropriate COVID-19 health and safety considerations for the protection of all members of the McMaster community.

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Guidelines for Undergraduate Classroom/Lab Use during the COVID-19 Pandemic

Guidance related to Undergraduate Classroom/Lab Use to ensure the appropriate COVID-19 health and safety considerations for the protection of all members of the McMaster community.

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Emergency Response for Virtual Sessions

Student Expectations while Attending Virtual Courses

Inspection Forms