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COVID-19 Health & Safety Protocols

This page contains resources and protocols for the Health & Safety aspects of TRIUMF's COVID-19 Response. 

TRIUMF is committed to caring for its people, on site or off, whether we are operating or not. As we monitor the situation and adjust our protocols, the health and well-being of our community will remain a top priority.  

If you have specific questions, please contact Occupational Health and Safety (OHS):

Terry Sanghera (tsanghera@triumf.ca, Ext: 6231 or Cell: 778-929-2697)

Ken Waters (kwaters@triumf.ca, Ext: 6686 or Cell: 604-833-7940)

Joe Mildenberger (joseph@triumf.ca), Ext: 7661 or Cell: 236-999-7984)


Screening and Reporting

No staff member, visitor, user, contractor or other guest is allowed on site if they have symptoms or have travelled or been in contact with someone who is presumed or confirmed COVID-19 positive in the last 14 days. For more information, please see the TRIUMF COVID-19 Screening Questionnaire

Anyone experiencing flu-like symptoms who is on site or has been on site in the last 14 days needs to report immediately to OHS so that the appropriate mitigating actions can be taken to determine who may have been potentially impacted and safeguard the workplace. This protocol is outlined in the TRIUMF COVID-19 Response Plan (Document-180787), which supports ongoing efforts to protect the health and safety of the TRIUMF community. To enable this, all staff must communicate with their supervisor regarding any changes to their health status, and the full process for doing so can be found here

Hygiene and Cleanliness

The health and safety of our community is our utmost priority at this time. As part of TRIUMF's COVID-19 Response, we have increased janitorial support to clean common spaces like meeting rooms and lunchrooms. As well, bottles of disinfectant have been made available around site for staff to use to disinfect surfaces in their work areasEmpty bottles can be left in Room 101 across from the Driver Control Room where janitorial services will refill them on their afternoon shift.  

Personal hygiene is essential during this time. Handwashing, using soap and water, is your best tool against germs and infection.  We are also ordering and installing additional sanitizer dispensers on site, to supplement sinks and hand soap. Warm air dryers will work just as well as paper towels once hands have been cleaned with soap and water. There’s no reason to not use them. https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019/advice-for-public/myth-busters

Working Safely

Working On-Site

During reduced operation, TRIUMF has fewer staff onsite; therefore, additional measures need to be taken to ensure worker safety. Safe Work Procedure - Working Alone During a COVID-19 Pandemic (Document-180950) provides guidance for employees and supervisors on setting up a check-in system. Should you have any questions about this protocol, please contact Occupational Health and Safety. 

In the case of any concerns regarding workplace safety on-site, Occupational Health and Safety are available to carry out work area assessments as required. 

PPE

An N95 respirator is a disposable respirator that must be fit-tested to ensure effective respiratory protection, and TRIUMF has developed a Respirator User Guide (Document-180998) that we ask all respirator wearers to review. Supplies of N95 respirators are scarce and authorities are looking to ensure there are sufficient respirators available for health care workers. 

TRIUMF has reviewed the risk and will be issuing N95 masks to operators because the position is essential for machine operation. At this time, and with our limited supply of N95 masks, TRIUMF will not be issuing N95 masks to other work groups for regular wear. The N95 masks are reusable, with guidance available in N95 Maintenance Work Instruction (Document-180969) for how to store and keep the masks clean.

In the cases where the safe work distance of 2 m cannot be maintained, contact OHS to carry out a hazard assessment and review the requirements for respiratory protection. If workers have half-mask respirators, these can be worn as they provide better protection for the wearer against COVID-19 than does an N95 mask.

Face coverings for on-site work

Effective Monday, May 4, 2020, in response to our evolving federal and provincial guidelines, TRIUMF is requesting that all staff, contractors, and other essential personnel wear a face covering while on campus.  The covering can be a paper or cloth mask or even a bandana.   

The covering need not be worn in a personal space, like an individual office. However, it should be worn everywhere else indoors, including shared offices and workplaces, as well as public spaces across the lab.  

Note that this face covering is not personal protective equipment (PPE). Rather, it serves – along with hand washing, sanitizing, and physical distancing – as an additional layer of protection in our community's defense-in-depth against the coronavirus. In the case that someone at the lab is unknowingly infected with the virus (and whether or not that person shows symptoms), the face covering will help protect others at the lab.  

PPE is reserved for applications that require such equipment, as well as for situations in which physical distancing is difficult or impossible to maintain.  

Please contact Occupational Health and Safety for any questions relating to PPE. For more information on effective face coverings, please consult  TRIUMF's Facial Cloth Mask Guidelines (Document-182731).

Provincial and federal guidelines will continue to change according to the external situation. At this point, use of a face covering is voluntary. However, we hope that you contribute to the safety of our wider community during this difficult time by choosing to wear face coverings.  

Working Off-Site

TRIUMF must ensure that all employees working remotely are doing so safely. Work Instruction: How to Set Up Your Home Work Station (Document-181068) prepared by OHS provides all staff with guidance for optimizing one's home office environment, including instructions for ensuring proper ergonomics. If you have any questions, please contact OHS.