COVID-19 Safe Work & Study Practices

 
Document Number:
JHSC010
Status:
Published
Revision #:
Rev3.1
Published / Last Updated Date:
9/29/2022

General Information

Description / Scope:

Tyndale University is committed to the health and well-being of all community members and to following the directives of public health officials and best practices in relation to COVID-19.  The University will endeavour to create an environment where community members are well informed, offer care for one another, and adopt practices which mitigate the risk of exposure and/or transmission of COVID-19.

Purpose:

For the benefit of everyone, this document provides direction on how community members should safely conduct themselves to help mitigate the risk of exposure and transmission of COVID-19 on campus.
 

Terms and Definitions:

Term:

Definition:

Community Member
includes full-time and part-time faculty and staff (including student workers), instructors, secondees, volunteers, contractors and consultants and students.
PPE
Personal Protective Equipment
 

Responsible Department or Functional Area:

Joint Health & Safety Committee

Audience(s):

*Everyone
Warnings and Precautions

Warnings:

Performing this procedure improperly could result in:

disciplinary action up to and including dismissal (for employees) and expulsion (for students)
Examples for which disciplinary action may be taken:
  • Not wearing a mask in the building as required.
  • Engaging in any activity that is contrary to the letter or spirit of this procedure and its related policy.
  • Knowingly placing oneself or others at risk of contracting COVID-19.
Detailed Steps
  • 2

    How to Do:

    Everyone with a Tyndale University ID card or fob is required to tap on the access card reader outside the door in which they enter every time they arrive on campus.

    This will help Tyndale keep accurate records of who is in the building in case of an emergency and is essential for contact tracing should the need arise.  

    Guests and contractors must enter through the Main Entrance and register their presence on campus with Reception. 

    Warnings:

    • Do not enter as a group. Each person must tap the access card reader.
    • Tap the reader even if the door is already open.
    • ID cards issued prior to January 2021 have been deactivated. Before you receive your new ID card (or fob), you must enter through the Main Entrance. The Main Entrance (CH300) will be unlocked and available for entry during normal business hours.
    • All other entrances will be locked and will require an ID card or fob to enter. 
  • 3

    How to Do:

    • Physically Distance
    While it will be exciting to see people in person again, remember that each individual will have their own comfort level of being back on campus. Continue to utilize online solutions such as Teams or Zoom for meetings where appropriate.  
     
    • Hand Hygiene
    Wash your hands often, especially after touching frequently used items or surfaces, with soap & water, scrubbing for at least 20 seconds. If soap & water is not available, use hand sanitizer with at least 70% alcohol content.

    Automatic hand sanitizer dispensers have been installed throughout the building. If you observe a dispenser not working properly or out of product, please contact Reception at x0 or email [email protected] and reference the Station # noted above the dispenser.

    Hand sanitizer is also available at each of the following entrances: Main (CH300), Admissions (G300), South (A300), Library (CH200), and E100.  
     
    • Respiratory Etiquette
    Sneeze or cough into a tissue or the inside of your elbow. Sneeze into a mask if wearing one, rather than removing mask before sneezing. Change the mask after sneezing into it.  
     
    • Fragrant Free
    To help with mask use, please do not wear scents or fragrances when on campus. 
  • 4

    How to Do:

    Building HVAC systems have been inspected and ventilation has been optimized to increase fresh air.  Tyndale has also increased filtration on the air supply and regularly changes those filters. Fan schedules have also been adjusted for longer run times.

    You are welcome to open office windows during the day.  If you do, please ensure they are closed when leaving the office in case of inclement weather.

    Warnings:

    Personal fans are not recommended as they circulate air without filtration and could potentially transmit COVID-19 infected droplets or aerosol particles. This is particularly important if the space is being used for face-to-face meetings or is considered a shared or common space. 
  • 5

    How to Do:

    Masks
    Masks are not required in common spaces including classrooms. You may be requested to wear a mask in some settings on campus, such as the Wellness Centre and in some meeting/service spaces, or you may be requested by individuals with COVID-related concerns. Please have a mask available and be prepared to put it on when requested to do so.

    If you wish to wear a mask in places like common areas and classrooms where masks are not required, you are encouraged and supported in your decision to do so.

    Reception will have masks available if a replacement mask is required.
     
    • Plexi-glass Barriers 
    Plexi-glass has been installed at service counters.   Ensure that you respect and stay behind these barriers.  Departments are responsible for cleaning their barriers appropriately.
     
    • Gloves, Hand Sanitizer and Cleaning Wipes
    Where appropriate use gloves, hand sanitizer and cleaning wipes.  In particular, ensure you wipe down shared spaces before and after use.
  • 6

    How to Do:

    • Building Cleaning 
    Custodians from Innovation Building Maintenance are on site daily to clean all public areas. The cleaning schedule and frequency is  based on occupancy and spaces used.
     
    • Work-space and Study-space Cleaning
    It is expected that you disinfect your office space and shared spaces when you are on site; cleaning supplies will be provided.
     
    • Kitchenettes and Copy Rooms
    Cleaning supplies will be available in these spaces to use as appropriate. 

    Warnings:

    Please do not bring your own cleaning products without prior permission from Health & Safety ([email protected]). 
  • 7

    How to Do:

    In adherence with best practices and Toronto and/or Ontario required health information, signage has been posted throughout the building providing instructions.   Please watch for, read, and follow all instructional signage.
Related Documents

Links to Content:

Ontario COVID Resources: https://covid-19.ontario.ca/
Toronto Public Health: https://www.toronto.ca/home/covid-19/
 

Primary Author / Owner:

Name:

Email:

Health & Safety Co-Chairs
[email protected]