Safety Is Not Negotiable – Pandemic Preparedness – the Coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19)

Last Updated: 4:50 P.M., Thursday, June 24, 2021

This page is intended to provide general information on the novel coronavirus, COVID-19. NBNU will be updating this page with additional information as it becomes available. Guidelines for novel coronavirus COVID-19, targeted at health care workers, are currently under development by the Public Health Agency of Canada as well as by provincial public health offices.

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Memos:
Memo Date
2021-03-01 COVID-19 Application of Leave ProvisionsMarch 2, 2021
COVID-19] HR Bulletin #34 - Mental Health Supports // [COVID-19] Bulletin des RH no 34 – Soutien en santé mentaleJanuary 26, 2021
HR Bulletin 33 Restriction of Movement of Staff COVID-19 Bulletin des RH no 33 Restriction de travail en dehors d’EM ANBJanuary 22, 2021
2020-12-18 Revised - Application of leave provisions_ENDecember 21, 2020
[COVID-19] HR Bulletin #32 – Travel Outside of New BrunswickDecember 17, 2020
HR Bulletin #29 – Following Public Health Guidelines Part 3November 13, 2020
2020-11-02 Leave Table Revised_ENNovember 4, 2020
HR23 Mental Health Support - RH23 Soutien en santé mentaleOctober 20, 2020
Mindwell-2020-06-26-ENGOctober 20, 2020
Application of Leaves Provisions EMANBOctober 14, 2020
Summer vacation and travel outside New BrunswickJune 30, 2020
Mental Health Support - MindwellJune 26, 2020
Mindwell June 26, 2020
Travel RestrictionsJune 5, 2020
HR Bulletin #15 - Child care responsibilitiesApril 24, 2020
Weekly Webinars April 14-17, 2020April 14, 2020
Mental Health Tips During COVID-19April 14, 2020
HR Bulletin #14 – Extended School ClosureApril 9, 2020
HR Bulletin – Preventative Measures in the WorkplaceApril 8, 2020
HR Bulletin #12 – Testing for Health Care WorkersApril 1, 2020
HR Bulletin #11 – Travel Outside of New Brunswick - UPDATEDMarch 29, 2020
HR Bulletin #10: Updates on Daycare Leave and WHSNBMarch 27, 2020
HR Bulletin #9: Mental HealthMarch 27, 2020
Employee ScreeningMarch 24, 2020
COVID-19 HR Bulletin #7: Self-IsolationMarch 20, 2020
Recommendations on preventive measures for health care workers who are pregnant or breastfeedingMarch 20, 2020
COVID-19: HR Bulletin #6 - Vacation Leave and Annual SchedulingMarch 18, 2020
COVID-19: HR Bulletin #5 – Mental Health in the WorkplaceMarch 17, 2020
COVID-19: HR Bulletin #4: COVID-19 and Child Care LeavesMarch 17, 2020
COVID-19: HR Bulletin #3 - International TravelMarch 16, 2020
COVID-19: HR Bulletin #2 – Protecting Ourselves & OthersMarch 15, 2020
COVID-19 : HR Bulletin #1 – Leaves of AbsencesMarch 13, 2020
Memo Date
Summary Bulletin #153 - COVID-19 - June 24, 2021June 24, 2021
Bulletin #153a - COVID-19 - HR Update - Travel Guidelines, Screening & Vaccinations - June 24 2021June 24, 2021
Bulletin #153b – COVID-19 – ID-IPC – Revised Continuous Use of Eye Protection – Jun 24 2021June 24, 2021
Bulletin #153c – COVID-19 – GNB Special Immunization Clinics – June 24 2021June 24, 2021
Bulletin #153d – COVID-19 – GNB Interchangeability of COVID-19 vaccines – June 24 2021June 24, 2021
Bulletin #153e – COVID-19 – GNB Enhancements to the Seasonal Influenza Vaccine Program 2021-2022 – June 24 2021June 24, 2021
Summary Bulletin 152 - COVID-19 - June 18 2021June 18, 2021
Bulletin #152a - COVID-19 - Travel Guidelines and Screening Criteria for Horizon Staff and Physicians - Jun 18 2021June 18, 2021
Bulletin #152b - COVID-19 - Visitor Guidelines Yellow Alert Level Measures - Jun 18 2021June 18, 2021
Summary Bulletin 151 - COVID-19 - June 17, 2021June 17, 2021
Bulletin #151a - COVID-19 - Horizon's Path to Green - Jun 17 2021June 17, 2021
Bulletin #151b - COVID-19 - Screening Criteria - Jun 17 2021June 17, 2021
Bulletin #151c - COVID-19 - Horizon Dashboard Data from June 16 - Jun 17 2021June 17, 2021
Bulletin #151d- COVID-19 - GNB Updated Movement of Physicians and Staff - Jun 17 2021June 17, 2021
Summary Bulletin 150 - COVID-19 - June 10, 2021June 10, 2021
Bulletin #150a - COVID-19 - Screening Criteria - Jun 10 2021June 10, 2021
Bulletin #150b - COVID-19 - Horizon Dashboard Data from June 8 - Jun 10 2021June 10, 2021
Bulletin #150c - COVID-19 - GNB Interchangeability of Vaccines - Jun 10 2021June 10, 2021
Bulletin #150d - COVID-19 - GNB Guidance for Primary Care Providers - Jun 10 2021June 10, 2021
Bulletin #150e - COVID-19 - GNB Reporting Adverse Events Following Immunization - Jun 10 2021June 10, 2021
Bulletin #150f - COVID-19 - GNB Vaccine Injury Support Program - Jun 10 2021June 10, 2021
Summary Bulletin 144 - COVID-19 - May 20 2021May 20, 2021
Bulletin #144a - COVID-19 - HR update- Travel outside the Fredericton Area - May 20 2021May 20, 2021
Bulletin #144b - COVID-19 - Suspension of all classroom-based Learning at DECRH Campus - May 20 2021May 20, 2021
Bulletin #144c - COVID-19 - Pandemic Clinical and Support Staff Recruitment- May 20 2021May 20, 2021
Bulletin #144d - COVID-19 - Vaccination Photos on Social Media - May 20 2021May 20, 2021
Bulletin #144e - COVID-19 - Screening Criteria - May 20 2021May 20, 2021
Bulletin #144f - COVID-19 - Horizon Dashboard Data from May 18 - May 20 2021May 20, 2021
Summary Bulletin 143 - COVID-19 - May 17 2021May 17, 2021
Bulletin #143a - COVID-19 - Media Status Report - DECRH Campus - May 17 2021May 17, 2021
Bulletin #143b - COVID-19 - ID-IPC - Variants of Concern Fomite Transmission - May 17 2021May 17, 2021
Bulletin #143c - COVID-19 - Need for Clinical and Non-Clinical Resources to Support Pandemic Response - May 17 2021May 17, 2021
Bulletin #143d - COVID-19 - PHAC and NCCID Webinar on Addressing COVID-19 Vaccine Hesitancy - May 17 2021May 17, 2021
Bulletin #143e - COVID-19 - Horizon Dashboard Data from May 16 - May 17 2021May 17, 2021
Bulletin #142a - COVID-19 - DECRH Campus Media Status Report - May 15 2021May 17, 2021
Bulletin #142b - COVID-19 - HR update- Travel to other zones by DECRH campus staff, physicians and students - May 15 2021May 17, 2021
Special Bulletin - COVID-19 - Fredericton - Working in Long-term Care Facilities During Red Alert Level - May 14 2021May 14, 2021
Summary Bulletin 141 - COVID-19 - May 14 2021May 14, 2021
Bulletin #141a - COVID-19 - HR Updates - Screening Criteria - May 14 2021May 14, 2021
Bulletin #141b - COVID-19 - ID-IPC - Health Care Workers and Food Safety - All Phases - May 14 2021May 14, 2021
Bulletin #141c - COVID-19 - Horizon Dashboard Data from May 13 - May 14 2021May 14, 2021
Bulletin #141d - COVID-19 - GNB News Release from May 14 - May 14 2021May 14, 2021
Bulletin #141e - COVID-19 - Nurses Week - May 14 2021May 14, 2021
Special Bulletin - Fredericton Staff and Physician Restrictions and Continuous Use of Facial Protection - May 13 2021May 14, 2021
CEO Memo - COVID-19 Outbreak at Horizon's DECRH SCCR VU - May 13 2021May 14, 2021
Summary Bulletin 140 - COVID-19 - May 13 2021May 14, 2021
Bulletin #140a - COVID-19 - HR Reminders - May 13 2021May 14, 2021
Bulletin #140b - COVID-19 - Screening Criteria - May 13 2021May 14, 2021
Bulletin #140c - COVID-19 - Invitation to Participate in Study Related to COVID-19 - May 13 2021 May 14, 2021
Bulletin #140d - COVID-19 - Horizon Bulletin and COVID-19 Bulletin Survey Results - May 13 2021 May 14, 2021
Bulletin #140e - COVID-19 - Horizon Dashboard Data from May 11 - May 13 2021May 14, 2021
Special Bulletin - COVID-19 - Horizon Employee Second Dose COVID-19 Vaccination - May 6 2021May 6, 2021
Summary Bulletin 139 - COVID-19 - May 4 2021May 4, 2021
Bulletin #139a - COVID-19 - Updated Screening Criteria - May 4 2021May 4, 2021
Bulletin #139b - COVID-19 - News Release on Treatment Available for Adult COVID-19 Outpatients - May 4 2021May 4, 2021
Bulletin #139c - COVID-19 - ID-IPC - Precautions for COVID-19 Variants - May 4 2021May 4, 2021
Bulletin #139d - COVID-19 - ID-IPC - Continuous Use of Eye Protection in Emergency Departments - Yellow Phase - May 4 2021May 4, 2021
Bulletin #139e - COVID-19 - Horizon Dashboard Data from May 2 - May 4 2021May 4, 2021
Summary Bulletin 138 - COVID-19 - April 29 2021April 29, 2021
Bulletin #138a - COVID-19 - Designated Support Person Program - Apr 29 2021April 29, 2021
Bulletin #138b - COVID-19 - Horizon Dashboard Data from April 27 - Apr 29 2021April 29, 2021
Bulletin #138c - COVID-19 Fredericton Area - Fredericton area - Influenza and RSV Orders and Results - Apr 29 2021April 29, 2021
Bulletin #138d - COVID-19 - Moncton Area - Influenza and RSV Orders and Results - Apr 29 2021April 29, 2021
Bulletin #138e - COVID-19 - GNB Testing and Isolation Requirements After Travel - Apr 29 2021April 29, 2021
Bulletin #138f - COVID-19 - GNB Vaccination Options for New Admissions - Apr 29 2021April 29, 2021
Summary Bulletin 137 - COVID-19 - April 27, 2021April 27, 2021
Bulletin #137a - COVID-19 - Updated Screening Criteria for ALL Employees and Physicians - Apr 27 2021April 27, 2021
Bulletin #137b - COVID-19 - Temporary COVID-19 Testing Clinic in Nackawic - Apr 27 2021April 27, 2021
Bulletin #137c - COVID-19 - Vaccinations for Staff and Physicians Returning from Leave - Apr 27 2021April 27, 2021
Bulletin #137d - COVID-19 - Horizon Dashboard Data from April 25 - Apr 27 2021April 27, 2021
Bulletin #137e - COVID-19 - GNB Updated Guidance on Astrazeneca - Apr 27 2021April 27, 2021
Summary Bulletin 136 - COVID-19 - April 22, 2021April 22, 2021
Bulletin #136a - COVID-19 - ID-IPC - Revised Continuous Use of Eye Protection - Apr 22 2021April 22, 2021
Bulletin #136b - COVID-19 - Horizon Dashboard Data from April 20 - Apr 22 2021April 22, 2021
Bulletin #136c - COVID-19 - Self-screening Reminder - Apr 22 2021April 22, 2021
Bulletin #136d - COVID-19 - GNB Contact Management With Suspect Variant - Apr 22 2021April 22, 2021
Bulletin #136e - COVID-19 - GNB Guidance on Second Doses - Apr 22 2021April 22, 2021
Bulletin #136f - COVID-19 - GNB Critical Functions - Apr 22 2021April 22, 2021
Bulletin #136g - COVID-19 - GNB Guidance Regarding Pregnant Women - Apr 22 2021April 22, 2021
Summary Bulletin 135 - COVID-19 - April 15, 2021April 15, 2021
Bulletin #135a - COVID-19 - ID-IPC - Why We Wear Masks When Vaccinated - Apr 15 2021April 15, 2021
Bulletin #135b - COVID-19 - ID-IPC - SOP for AGMP and Oxygen Delivery - Apr 15 2021April 15, 2021
Bulletin #135c - COVID-19 - Self-screening Reminder - Apr 15 2021April 15, 2021
Bulletin #135d - COVID-19 -HR Reminders - Apr 15 2021April 15, 2021
Bulletin #135e - COVID-19 - Atlantic Bubble - Apr 15 2021April 15, 2021
Bulletin #135f - COVID-19 - Horizon Dashboard Data from April 13 - Apr 15 2021April 15, 2021
Bulletin #135g - COVID-19 - GNB Interval for the administration of the second dose for healthcare workers - Apr 15 2021April 15, 2021
Summary Bulletin 134 - COVID-19 - April 9, 2021April 9, 2021
Bulletin #134a - COVID-19 - Bioethics Grand Rounds with Karen McGrath - Apr 9 2021April 9, 2021
Bulletin #134b - COVID-19 - ID-IPC - Why We Wear Masks When Vaccinated - Apr 9 2021April 9, 2021
Bulletin #134c - COVID-19 - ID-IPC - Food Safety - All Phases - Apr 9 2021April 9, 2021
Bulletin #134d - COVID-19 - ID-IPC - Inpatient Hair Services - Yellow Phase - Apr 9 2021April 9, 2021
Bulletin #134e - COVID-19 - ID-IPC - Stryker’s Flyte PPE System - Apr 9 2021April 9, 2021
Bulletin #134f - COVID-19 - Bulletin Satisfaction Survey - Apr 9 2021April 9, 2021
Bulletin #134g - COVID-19 - Self-screening Reminder and Masks - Apr 9 2021April 9, 2021
Bulletin #134h - COVID-19 - Donated Cloth Patient Items - Yellow Phase - Apr 9 2021April 9, 2021
Bulletin #134i - COVID-19 - Horizon Dashboard Data from April 6 - Apr 9 2021April 9, 2021
Bulletin #134i - COVID-19 - Horizon Dashboard Data from April 6 - Apr 9 2021April 9, 2021
Bulletin #134k - COVID-19 - GNB Guidance on Use of Eye Protection - All Phases - Apr 9 2021April 9, 2021
Summary Bulletin 133 - COVID-19 - March 31, 2021March 31, 2021
Bulletin #133a - COVID-19 - Self Screening Reminder - Mar 31 2021March 31, 2021
Bulletin #133b - COVID-19 - Horizon Dasboard Data from March 30 - Mar 31 2021March 31, 2021
Bulletin #133c - COVID-19 - Moncton Area Vaccinations Clinics - Mar 31 2021March 31, 2021
Bulletin #133d - COVID-19 - GNB Guidance on AstraZeneca - Mar 31 2021March 31, 2021
Bulletin #133e - COVID-19 - GNB Directive on Rotational Workers - Mar 31 2021March 31, 2021
Bulletin #133f- COVID-19 - GNB Directive on Contact Management Related to Suspect Variant Cases - Mar 31 2021March 12, 2021
What is Novel Coronavirus 2019-nCoV?

According to the World Health Organization, a coronavirus belongs to a family of viruses causing illnesses ranging from the common cold to severe diseases, like severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) or Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS). A novel coronavirus is a strain previously unidentified in humans. Named COVID-19, this respiratory disease was first detected in Wuhan, China, in late 2019 before spreading to a number of Asian countries and Europe, Australia, the USA and Canada. There are now thousands of confirmed cases in mainland China and more than 100 dead. The incubation period for the new coronavirus is thought to be up to 14 days.

Have there been any confirmed cases in New Brunswick?

The number of confirmed cases in New Brunswick is 2,322. Since yesterday, five people have recovered for a total of 2,236 recoveries. There have been 45 deaths, and the number of active cases is 40. Six patients are hospitalized in New Brunswick, including two in an intensive care unit. Yesterday, 608 tests were conducted for a total of 359,298.

As a healthcare worker, what should I do if I suspect I have the coronavirus?

As of March 20th, Healthcare workers and staff that are symptomatic (new onset/exacerbation of chronic cough or fever) and provide direct patient contact should be tested for COVID19 regardless of travel history, and they should stay off work and self-isolate until test results are negative.

Health care workers and staff that provide direct patient care includes the following: RHA institutions; Ambulance New Brunswick, Extra Mural Program, other home health care providers, physicians, nurses, nurse practitioners, pharmacists/technicians, long-term care providers, staff from Canadian Blood Services and health care providers in First Nations communities.

Those who have developed symptoms starting before March 20th do not require testing, as the most infectious period would have already passed at this stage. A dedicated telephone line has been set up for Health Care workers and staff to call should they develop symptoms compatible with COVID-19; (new onset/exacerbation of chronic cough or fever) at 1-833-475-0724.

With respect to employer announcements regarding a COVID-19 quarantine:

For our Part III members, please refer to your Collective Agreement, Article 25.11 “No employee shall suffer a reduction in salary when absent from work because of a quarantine ordered by a Medical Health Officer”. As a result, NBNU takes the position that if you are not COVID-19 positive, and otherwise healthy, you should be placed on leave of absence with pay during such a quarantine. If you have COVID-19 positive, you will be required to use sick time.

For our Nursing Home members, we have been advised that the New Brunswick Association of Nursing Homes released a memo that states:

Staff and visitors who have traveled internationally (the traveler only, and not their contact or family members) are to be restricted from the nursing home for 14 days after they have returned.

As such, if the employer asks an employee to stay home because she’s back from vacation and suspects that she may have been exposed, then the employer will grant a LOA with pay for the quarantine. If, however, the employee comes back and has symptoms, she will take sick leave for the quarantine.

How can I protect myself and my family?

General guidelines to protect yourself from infections include:

  • Washing your hands often with soap and water or using an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Avoiding touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoiding close contact with people who are ill.
  • Staying home when you are ill.
  • Covering your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then immediately throwing the tissue in the garbage and washing your hands; if you don’t have a tissue, sneezing or coughing into your sleeve or arm.
  • Cleaning and disinfecting frequently touched objects and surfaces.
Early Childhood Services Portal

Should members be in need of childcare they must register to the Parent Portal. There is a toll free number – 1-833-221-9339 where parents can call as well.

It is important that all parents still continue to apply the directives around travel, self-isolation, and self monitoring as indicated in Government’s Coronovirus web page : https://www2.gnb.ca/content/gnb/en/departments/ocmoh/cdc/content/respiratory_diseases/coronavirus.html

The decision to designate facilities as emergency early learning and childcare sits with the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development. If there are facilities interested in offering emergency services, they should contact their Quality Assurance Monitors.

What can registered nurses do to take action on coronavirus at work?
  • Comply with existing workplace infection control policies and procedures.
  • Update your N-95 respirator fit testing and wear an N-95 respirator if there could be any risk of exposure to COVID-19.
  • Use required droplet, contact and additional airborne precautions such as (but not limited to): gloves, gowns, face shields, respirators, goggles, powered air-purifying respirators (PAPR) (for aerosol-generating procedures, e.g. intubation).
  • STOP if you do not have the required personal protective equipment or properly fitted respiratory protection, and speak with your manager or supervisor; document the situation and copy your union and Joint OH&S Committee representative.
  • REPORT any health and safety concerns, including gaps in adequate protocols and procedures and/or communications, training, access to PPE or other health and safety concerns to your manager or supervisor, copying your Joint OH&S Committee and your union.
Ensure your employer has:
  • Consulted the Joint OH&S Committee on all measures, procedures and training with respect to COVID-19.
  • An adequate supply of appropriate N95 respirators on hand as well as PAPR (for aerosol-generating procedures, e.g. intubation).
  • Conducted a risk assessment to determine all points of potential entry (and how to restrict them) and other points of potential exposure for workers (e.g. screening, triage, isolation rooms).
  • In place relevant travel screening and worksite/unit exposure controls.
  • In place suitable structural barriers (e.g., ceiling-to-floor plexiglas barriers at triage and registration).
  • Completed respirator fit testing and training for all health care workers at risk.
  • Dedicated teams of clinicians who are protected with and trained in the use of proper personal protective equipment for 2019-nCoV, including teams trained in the use of N-95 respirators and PAPR (for aerosol-generating procedures), who are ready to respond and care for both confirmed cases and individuals who may be under investigation.
  • Airborne infection isolation rooms available.
Questions or concerns?

If you have any questions or concerns, please speak with your Labour Relations Officer or email NBNU at info@nbnu.ca.

For further information about the 2019 novel coronavirus:
What is Novel Coronavirus 2019-nCoV?

According to the World Health Organization, a coronavirus belongs to a family of viruses causing illnesses ranging from the common cold to severe diseases, like severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) or Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS). A novel coronavirus is a strain previously unidentified in humans. Named COVID-19, this respiratory disease was first detected in Wuhan, China, in late 2019 before spreading to a number of Asian countries and Europe, Australia, the USA and Canada. There are now thousands of confirmed cases in mainland China and more than 100 dead. The incubation period for the new coronavirus is thought to be up to 14 days.

Have there been any confirmed cases in New Brunswick?

The number of confirmed cases in New Brunswick is 193 and 188 have recovered. There have been two deaths and there are three active cases. As of today, 65,169 tests have been conducted.

As a healthcare worker, what should I do if I suspect I have the coronavirus?

As of March 20th, Healthcare workers and staff that are symptomatic (new onset/exacerbation of chronic cough or fever) and provide direct patient contact should be tested for COVID19 regardless of travel history, and they should stay off work and self-isolate until test results are negative.

Health care workers and staff that provide direct patient care includes the following: RHA institutions; Ambulance New Brunswick, Extra Mural Program, other home health care providers, physicians, nurses, nurse practitioners, pharmacists/technicians, long-term care providers, staff from Canadian Blood Services and health care providers in First Nations communities.

Those who have developed symptoms starting before March 20th do not require testing, as the most infectious period would have already passed at this stage. A dedicated telephone line has been set up for Health Care workers and staff to call should they develop symptoms compatible with COVID-19; (new onset/exacerbation of chronic cough or fever) at 1-833-475-0724.

With respect to employer announcements regarding a COVID-19 quarantine:

For our Part III members, please refer to your Collective Agreement, Article 25.11 “No employee shall suffer a reduction in salary when absent from work because of a quarantine ordered by a Medical Health Officer”. As a result, NBNU takes the position that if you are not COVID-19 positive, and otherwise healthy, you should be placed on leave of absence with pay during such a quarantine. If you have COVID-19 positive, you will be required to use sick time.

For our Nursing Home members, we have been advised that the New Brunswick Association of Nursing Homes released a memo that states:

Staff and visitors who have traveled internationally (the traveler only, and not their contact or family members) are to be restricted from the nursing home for 14 days after they have returned.

As such, if the employer asks an employee to stay home because she’s back from vacation and suspects that she may have been exposed, then the employer will grant a LOA with pay for the quarantine. If, however, the employee comes back and has symptoms, she will take sick leave for the quarantine.

How can I protect myself and my family?

General guidelines to protect yourself from infections include:

  • Washing your hands often with soap and water or using an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Avoiding touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoiding close contact with people who are ill.
  • Staying home when you are ill.
  • Covering your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then immediately throwing the tissue in the garbage and washing your hands; if you don’t have a tissue, sneezing or coughing into your sleeve or arm.
  • Cleaning and disinfecting frequently touched objects and surfaces.
Early Childhood Services Portal

Should members be in need of childcare they must register to the Parent Portal. There is a toll free number – 1-833-221-9339 where parents can call as well.

It is important that all parents still continue to apply the directives around travel, self-isolation, and self monitoring as indicated in Government’s Coronovirus web page : https://www2.gnb.ca/content/gnb/en/departments/ocmoh/cdc/content/respiratory_diseases/coronavirus.html

The decision to designate facilities as emergency early learning and childcare sits with the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development. If there are facilities interested in offering emergency services, they should contact their Quality Assurance Monitors.

What can registered nurses do to take action on coronavirus at work?
  • Comply with existing workplace infection control policies and procedures.
  • Update your N-95 respirator fit testing and wear an N-95 respirator if there could be any risk of exposure to COVID-19.
  • Use required droplet, contact and additional airborne precautions such as (but not limited to): gloves, gowns, face shields, respirators, goggles, powered air-purifying respirators (PAPR) (for aerosol-generating procedures, e.g. intubation).
  • STOP if you do not have the required personal protective equipment or properly fitted respiratory protection, and speak with your manager or supervisor; document the situation and copy your union and Joint OH&S Committee representative.
  • REPORT any health and safety concerns, including gaps in adequate protocols and procedures and/or communications, training, access to PPE or other health and safety concerns to your manager or supervisor, copying your Joint OH&S Committee and your union.
Ensure your employer has:
  • Consulted the Joint OH&S Committee on all measures, procedures and training with respect to COVID-19.
  • An adequate supply of appropriate N95 respirators on hand as well as PAPR (for aerosol-generating procedures, e.g. intubation).
  • Conducted a risk assessment to determine all points of potential entry (and how to restrict them) and other points of potential exposure for workers (e.g. screening, triage, isolation rooms).
  • In place relevant travel screening and worksite/unit exposure controls.
  • In place suitable structural barriers (e.g., ceiling-to-floor plexiglas barriers at triage and registration).
  • Completed respirator fit testing and training for all health care workers at risk.
  • Dedicated teams of clinicians who are protected with and trained in the use of proper personal protective equipment for 2019-nCoV, including teams trained in the use of N-95 respirators and PAPR (for aerosol-generating procedures), who are ready to respond and care for both confirmed cases and individuals who may be under investigation.
  • Airborne infection isolation rooms available.
Questions or concerns?

If you have any questions or concerns, please speak with your Labour Relations Officer or email NBNU at info@nbnu.ca.

For further information about the 2019 novel coronavirus: