Note: this information is found in the following document published by CUPE on February 24, 2020 and intended for healthcare workers.
CUPE is recommending that health care settings use PPE for routine practices and additional precautions to reduce risk of exposure to contact, droplet and airborne infectious diseases.
Public Health Ontario sets out the following minimum precautions in the case of novel respiratory infections:
Employers have a duty under the Occupational Health and Safety Act to provide PPE and ensure it is maintained and in good condition. PPE is appropriate where providing it would increase the safety of employees by more than a minimal amount.
If an employer does not provide appropriate PPE, members should: