Protocols for Accessing ECE Spaces during COVID

As of May 1, 2022:

Daily screening is no longer necessary and the screening component of the UCheck app has been deactivated. UCheck is still available for uploading vaccination status. (If you would like to use a screening tool, take the provincial Covid-19 self-assessment.)

Capacities for all spaces have returned to pre-pandemic levels, including:

  • Classrooms
  • Meeting rooms
  • Offices
  • Research offices
  • Student club rooms
  • Student lounge spaces
  • Labs

Please refer to the COVID Safety List while accessing these spaces.

Summary of recent protocol changes

  • When you are wearing a mask, the two-metre physical distancing requirement no longer applies.
  • In food areas, masks should be removed only for eating or drinking and refastened directly afterwards. While eating, you are encouraged to maintain distancing.
  • You are not required to wear a mask outside, but it is recommended for specific activities: where there is the possibility of close contact and other high-risk environments, as well as for engaging with the public.
  • In private offices, open concept/shared offices, labs and other work areas, you may remove your mask when seated and when physical distancing (two metres) can be consistently maintained. You must put your mask back on when leaving your desk.
  • Mask exclusions might also apply to research environments (non-hazardous labs, research offices, design studios, etc.) where physical distancing can be maintained, and there is no requirement for PPE due to hazards.
  • You do not need to collect contact information for COVID any longer. However, it is a standard (pre-COVID) practice that the Principal Investigator knows who/when/where people are working in a hazardous environment (mechanical hazards, bio/chem/rad hazards, WHMIS hazards, etc.).
  • Because contact tracing is no longer required, proactive disinfection associated with the case will no longer be provided.
  • Public health no longer requires twice daily disinfection. The processes and procedures within the research labs and offices should continue proper hygiene by providing workers and students with materials to clean/disinfect their benches, workstations and commonly used equipment, but no longer need to specify a mandatory frequency.
  • When someone experiences symptoms associated with respiratory illness (e.g., flu, common cold, COVID), the person should stay home.
  • Inform the U of T Occupational Health Nurse and your supervisor if you tested positive for COVID or if Public Health ordered you to isolate.
  • As of March 21, 2022, the Face-to-Face (F2F) COVID-19 review process has moved to an attestation model as part of the ethics submission process.
  • For studies that involve international travel, researchers should review the Safety Abroad in an Emergency web page, and graduate students requesting travel must register with the Safety Abroad Office.

Questions?

Email your question to ehs.questions@ece.utoronto.ca.

 

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