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AND OTHER COMMUNICABLE DISEASES

W WORKING SAFELY AMID. COVID-19. AND OTHER COMMUNICABLE DISEASES . GUIDE FOR NEW BRUNSWICK WORKPLACES. VERSION 1: MARCH 8, 2022. INSIDE. INTRODUCTION .. 3. EVERY 5. YOUR RISK .. 7. YOUR COMMUNICABLE disease . prevention PLAN .. 8. MENTAL HEALTH .. 10. RIGHT TO REFUSE .. 10. WORKERS' 10. YOUR RESOURCES .. 12. 2 WORKING SAFELY AMID COVID-19. VERS. 1, MARCH 8, 2022. OUR NEED. TO ADAPT. When COVID-19 introduced itself in the first quarter plan would address how to prevent COVID-19 and of 2020, the world was forced to quickly adapt. The OTHER COMMUNICABLE DISEASES , and what to do if an virus changed not only the way we work, but the outbreak occurred in your workplace. WorkSafeNB. way we live. Wearing masks, physical distancing, has developed a four-step approach and template working from home and online meetings became to help.

communicable disease prevention. New Brunswick’s employer and worker groups may also support you in sharing helpful tips and solutions. We encourage you to read this document thoroughly, review the communicable disease prevention plan approach and template, and engage staff in meaningful discussion on ways you can all maintain

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1 W WORKING SAFELY AMID. COVID-19. AND OTHER COMMUNICABLE DISEASES . GUIDE FOR NEW BRUNSWICK WORKPLACES. VERSION 1: MARCH 8, 2022. INSIDE. INTRODUCTION .. 3. EVERY 5. YOUR RISK .. 7. YOUR COMMUNICABLE disease . prevention PLAN .. 8. MENTAL HEALTH .. 10. RIGHT TO REFUSE .. 10. WORKERS' 10. YOUR RESOURCES .. 12. 2 WORKING SAFELY AMID COVID-19. VERS. 1, MARCH 8, 2022. OUR NEED. TO ADAPT. When COVID-19 introduced itself in the first quarter plan would address how to prevent COVID-19 and of 2020, the world was forced to quickly adapt. The OTHER COMMUNICABLE DISEASES , and what to do if an virus changed not only the way we work, but the outbreak occurred in your workplace. WorkSafeNB. way we live. Wearing masks, physical distancing, has developed a four-step approach and template working from home and online meetings became to help.

2 Our new normal.. As the Government of New Brunswick's (GNB) BE SUPPORTIVE AND INVOLVE. eases restrictions, COVID-19 will continue to create EVERYONE. challenges. It will stay, as will OTHER COMMUNICABLE As we ease out of this pandemic, not everyone will DISEASES like H1N1 and influenza. feel comfortable with loosened restrictions. Be This guide offers information to help you supportive of your employees, contractors, patrons, operate your workplace* safely amid risk of any volunteers, customers, etc. Be accommodating to COMMUNICABLE disease . those who prefer to continue to mask, maintain WHAT HASN'T CHANGED? physical distancing The first step is As restrictions loosen, this remains: As an employer, and practise determining the risk you are responsible for the health and safety of OTHER prevention of COMMUNICABLE anyone working in or visiting your workplace.

3 Measures. disease exposure The first step, always, is determining the risk of Remember: and transmission in COMMUNICABLE disease exposure and transmission WorkSafeNB is your workplace. in your workplace. Jobs within a workplace vary, available to guide and so too will exposure risk. Performing an overall you on COVID-19. workplace risk assessment will help you determine and OTHER appropriate precautionary measures. COMMUNICABLE disease prevention . New Brunswick's employer and worker groups may Every workplace should also have at least one also support you in sharing helpful tips and solutions. person dedicated to reviewing the COMMUNICABLE disease updates from GNB, Public Health Canada We encourage you to read this document thoroughly, and WorkSafeNB and relaying the information to review the COMMUNICABLE disease prevention the business.

4 Plan approach and template, and engage staff in meaningful discussion on ways you can all maintain WorkSafeNB recommends every workplace have a safe space for your organization. a COMMUNICABLE disease prevention plan.** This * A workplace is any place of work, including businesses, non-profits and community organizations. ** With exception to workplaces that have an existing infection prevention and control plan related to COMMUNICABLE disease . WORKING SAFELY AMID COVID-19 3. VERS. 1, MARCH 8, 2022. Raymond has a home inspection business. He is fully vaccinated from COVID-19 and influenza. While he isn't required by Public Health to wear a mask, he keeps one on him at all times and offers to wear it when working closely with others or when working in places that include people from vulnerable populations.

5 Marissa owns a small retail shop. She is keeping some COVID-19 prevention measures in place as restrictions ease. A hand disinfection station remains at the entrance and a Plexiglas barrier between the attendant and customer continues to limit exposure at the payment desk. She reminds her employees to stay home when sick. every WORKPLACE. foundations to COMMUNICABLE disease prevention STAY INFORMED. Be attentive to public health updates. Continue to monitor directives, guidelines and advisories from GNB, Public Health Agency of Canada and Sign up for WorkSafeNB. WorkSafeNB alerts and advisories. INVOLVE YOUR STAFF. Consult with staff, your joint health and safety committee (JHSC). or health and safety representative, as appropriate on polices, training and education.

6 Your employees can help with many aspects of communication, support and more. CREATE A COMMUNICABLE disease . prevention PLAN tip! Develop a COMMUNICABLE disease prevention plan*. in consultation with your JHSC, health and safety representative or, in smaller workplaces, OTHER workers. WorkSafeNB has developed a four-step approach and template. WorkSafeNB and the Canadian COMMUNICATE Centre for Inform your supervisors and employees of the Occupational COMMUNICABLE disease prevention plan. Keep Health and Safety them aware of any changes that affect them. Share (CCOHS) each offer with your employees the importance of protecting a free app for offline themselves and others from illness and injury.

7 Access to workplace safety resources. CCOHS also offers MONITOR AND ADAPT a COVID-19 tool kit and free access Watch to ensure your COMMUNICABLE disease to many COVID-19. prevention plan is being followed as prepared. As risk related e-courses. levels change or staff identify concerns, reassess your plan and adapt accordingly. * Exception: workplaces that have an existing infection prevention and control plan related to COMMUNICABLE disease . WORKING SAFELY AMID COVID-19 5. VERS. 1, MARCH 8, 2022. Janine has a dental practice. She is maintaining some of the COVID-19 prevention measures put in place over the last two years. She ensures dental chairs are sanitized between patients and all shared surfaces (waiting room chairs, washroom areas, etc.)

8 Are disinfected often. Chairs in the reception area are in groupings spaced two metres apart and a Plexiglas barrier separates patients from receptionists. Jeremy is a supervisor at a hotel bar. He ensures employees are fully aware of the COMMUNICABLE disease prevention plan. The hotel's JHSC, supervisors and managers regularly invite staff to share concerns and ask questions on COVID-19 and any OTHER health and safety topic. During the monthly workplace health and safety inspection, members consider the COMMUNICABLE disease prevention plan's practices and measures and check to see that they are being followed. your RISK. understanding your risk as we ease out of the pandemic As restrictions loosen, your workplace will continue to have risks related to COVID-19 and OTHER COMMUNICABLE DISEASES .

9 The risk level at your workplace depends on the various job roles, workplace population, job tasks, staff vaccination rates, access by the public, workspace, and level / extent of ventilation. Review your COMMUNICABLE disease exposure risk by asking yourself and your team these questions: How likely it is that workers could come into contact with people who have the virus, including OTHER workers, suppliers, clients and customers? tip! Are employees in the workplace interacting with the public? Is there public access? Walk through a risk How do people interact in your workplace? Can physical distancing assessment! Use a be maintained reliably? Do people wear masks when interacting? tool developed by Health Canada.

10 Is the workplace part of a vulnerable sector*? Are employees in the workplace interacting with persons from the vulnerable sector? Is information on vaccination status of people interacting in the workplace available? Does a vaccination policy exist? Vaccination levels can greatly influence your risk level. Be mindful that some aspects of mitigating COVID-19 and OTHER COMMUNICABLE DISEASES in the workplace may raise privacy and confidentiality issues. Seek advice from legal or OTHER experts on these issues, as necessary. Masking after public restrictions ease? While masking requirements may change by Public Health, your risk assessment may indicate the need to continue use. If this is the case, clarify where and when employees must wear a mask and the type of mask acceptable in the workplace.


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