Protocols for Accessing ECE Spaces during COVID

As of July 1, 2022:

The University’s mask requirement will be lifted on July 1, thereafter subject to any changes in public health guidance. Some members of our community may choose to continue to wear a mask. We ask everyone to respect each other’s decisions, comfort levels and health needs.

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 protocol changes

  • 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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