Health and Safety
Health and Safety
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COVID Alert is Canada's free exposure notification app that alerts your smartphone if you have been in the vicinity (within 2 meters for at least 15 minutes) of someone who has reported a positive diagnosis of by COVID-19. The app does not use GPS or track your location. The app works by using Bluetooth to exchange random codes with nearby phones each day. Users voluntarily notify the app if they’ve tested positive for COVID-19. If you've been near one of those codes and may have been exposed, you'll get a notification. This free app is a useful tool to help you stay healthy and safe.
Keeping 6 feet (2 metres) of space between yourself and others is one of the best strategies for avoiding exposure to COVID-19 and slowing its spread. We strongly recommend you follow this practice whenever you are on campus, including in labs, hallways, lobbies, office areas and parking lots. Remember: people can spread the virus even before they show symptoms.
Hands are a conduit for germs. Touching your eyes or face before cleaning your hands, or sneezing or coughing into your hands, and you’ve given germs the opportunity to enter your body. Good hand hygiene is one of your best defenses against getting and spreading viruses. Wash hands with soap for 20 seconds and rinse well using water, especially after you use the restroom, have been in a public place, or use a tissue to blow your nose, cough or sneeze. That’s why the College closely monitors all campus washrooms to ensure there is an ample supply of soap at all times.
We’ve also installed more hand sanitizer stations through our campuses, including at designated entry/exit points and common areas, and keep them topped up for those occasions when soap and water are not available. When your hands aren’t visibly dirty, you can use a 70 - 90% alcohol-based hand sanitizer to protect you from picking up germs from common touch points. Remember to rub your hands for at least 15 seconds, and always follow Toronto Public Health guidelines for hand hygiene. As the College moves through the phases of reopening and activity increases on campus, we will continue enhancing our hand sanitizing stations in areas such as office entryways, labs and classrooms, to ensure everyone has equal access.
When in an enclosed area where you are not wearing a face covering, always cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze – or use the inside of your elbow if no tissues are available. Throw tissues in the trash and immediately wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, or clean your hands with a hand sanitizer.
All students and employees returning to campus will receive cloth masks upon their first re-entry. Wearing a mask or face covering is now mandatory at all times until directed otherwise by College administrators. It is important to use and clean your mask properly. Cloth masks must be cleaned in soapy hot water after each use. Wearing a mask incorrectly can accidentally spread infection to the wearer and others. See Toronto Public Health guidelines for the use of cloth face coverings.
Students or employees who misplace or forget their masks will be provided with a one-use disposable mask. Additional cloth masks will be available for online purchase through the Bookstore.
You are also welcome to bring and wear your own personal face mask.
Note: We are all responsible for our own safety on campus. While we should always support one another, we do not want you to be in harm’s way. If you happen to see someone who is intentionally not following our guidelines and protocols (e.g. not wearing a face mask when on campus), please do not confront them directly. Instead, call the Campus Security General Information line 416-289-5240 > option 2, or email email@example.com and let them address it.
Faculty and select front-facing staff members will receive a face shield. The College will not be providing face shields to all members of our community as part of its COVID‐19 response. Face shields are not meant to be worn as substitutes for face masks/face coverings.
Gloves are not a substitute for proper hand hygiene. Wearing gloves can make one feel more protected from the virus than they really are. For example, they can increase the risk of transmission if the wearer touches other things before touching their face. Gloves must also be changed regularly and proper donning/doffing procedures must be followed. Gloves are necessary in certain medical and laboratory workspaces, and will continue to be provided for persons in these settings. The College will only provide gloves to those working in these situations.
Putting on Gloves
Source: Public Health Ontario. (2017). Putting on Gloves.
Taking off Gloves
Source: Public Health Ontario. (2017). Taking off Gloves
When you return to campus, you will notice things look a little different. That’s because we have removed all signage that is not related to re-entry to campus, decluttering the walls to allow greater visibility of the posters and signs providing critical information about remaining healthy and reducing the risk of COVID-19 during our phased return to campus. Please take time to familiarize yourself with the messages.
As members of the College community, we all have a shared responsibility to maintain a clean environment where everyone feels safe. The College takes the cleaning and sanitation of all our campuses very seriously. Our provider is certified by the Global Biorisk Advisory Council for COVID-19 prevention and control. They only use chemicals and equipment approved by Health Canada and the Centre for Disease Control.
The College has implemented enhanced cleaning protocols and increased the frequency of cleaning at all campuses. Frequently touched surfaces are cleaned three times per day throughout all areas of the College, including sign-in desks at designated campus entry points, entrance doors, door handles, push bars, elevators, handrails, light switches, phones and water filling stations. Please click here to learn more about our cleaning frequencies and schedules.
Centennial’s cleaning and sanitation measures align with the best practices and approaches of other postsecondary institutions across the GTA. Our cleaning frequency will also be monitored by Facilities & Services and will be adjusted as needed to accommodate the level of activity at our campuses.
If you have any questions about our cleaning and sanitation protocols, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
To ensure physical distancing, maintain at least one workspace between co-workers. Wear a face mask or face covering at all times while walking in the hallways and while sharing a workspace/room. Although some activities may require personnel to work within 6 feet of others, make every effort to scope out alternatives whenever possible. Keep the length of such interactions to an absolute minimum.
Meetings play a critical role in collaborate workplace such as ours. While working from home, we have learned how to conduct effective meetings over remote, video conferencing platforms. During our phased return to campus, employees are encouraged to continue meeting using these technology tools until further notice.
All campus restrooms will remain open with sufficient signage and hand sanitizers. Ensure at least 6 feet between individuals and wash your hands thoroughly afterward to reduce the potential transmission of the virus.
Select labs across all campuses have been reopened for lab instruction. All labs identified for re-entry have been reviewed to ensure occupants can safely maintain appropriate physical distancing. Modified lab layouts are posted outside each room to reflect capacity reductions and furniture/equipment alterations to facilitate safe access and operation within the spaces. Access will remain limited until further notice. Cleaning supplies and disinfectant wipes will also be available inside all labs.
It is important that only those who are actively engaged in taking classes or supporting our students are present on campus. Many spaces throughout our campuses will be unavailable during the winter semester, including classrooms and other spaces normally accessed for studying and relaxation. Limiting access to all areas allows us to maintain our strict cleaning protocols in those spaces required for learning.
No more than two persons may enter an elevator at a time. As this will increase line-ups, we recommend you use the stairways where and when possible. When using an elevator, observe any markings indicating where you should stand, wear your mask/face covering and avoid touching the elevator button with your hand/fingers. Clean hands with soap and water or hand sanitizer upon departing the elevator.
To reduce the spread of germs, the College has turned off drinking spouts for our water fountains. Bottle filling stations remain available throughout all campuses. Everyone is encouraged to bring their own reusable water bottles.