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.
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.
You are required to wear a mask at all times when on campus, and may only remove your mask when directed by College administrators. When we all wear a mask to cover our respiratory droplets it helps to reduce the spread of germs into the air and on surfaces. It may also protect the wearer from infection. Visit the City of Toronto’s website to learn more about facemask and coverings best practices. 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 or not wearing a face mask properly on campus), please do not confront them directly. Instead, call the Campus Security General Information line 416-289-5240 > option 2, or email firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com.
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 Phase 3, employees are encouraged to continue meeting using these technology tools until further notice.
All campus restrooms remain open with sufficient signage and hand sanitizers. Ensure you wash your hands thoroughly afterward to reduce the potential transmission of the virus.
Select labs across all campuses were reopened for in-person instruction since summer 2020. Hand sanitizer, cleaning supplies and disinfectant wipes are available inside all labs. Staff and students are asked to sanitize their hands upon entry and exit of the labs, and to use the cleaning supplies and wipes to clean all used surfaces at the end of their session.
This fall semester, we are planning to provide more touchdown spaces throughout our campuses. Please only use designated seating areas as they have been included in our strict cleaning protocols.
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.