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

Last Updated: 9:40 A.M., Wednesday, January 27, 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
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 112 - COVID-19 - Jan. 25, 2021January 25, 2021
Bulletin #112a - COVID-19 - Update on COVID-19 Assessment Centres - January 25 2021January 25, 2021
Bulletin #112b - COVID-19 - ID-IPC - Health Care Workers and Food Safety - Jan 25 2021January 25, 2021
Bulletin #112c - COVID-19 - Horizon Dashboard Data from Jan. 24 - Jan 25 2021January 25, 2021
Special Bulletin - COVID-19 - IPC Guidance and Staff and Patient Testing Criteria - Jan 23 2021January 23, 2021
Special Bulletin - COVID-19 - Redeployment - Call Out for Red Level Assistance - Jan 22 2021January 22, 2021
Special Bulletin - COVID-19 - New Assessment Centres - Jan 22 2021January 22, 2021
Summary Bulletin 111 - COVID-19 - Jan. 22, 2021January 22, 2021
Bulletin #111a - COVID-19 - HR Redeployment and Virtual Learning -Jan 22 2021 January 22, 2021
Bulletin #111b - COVID-19 Horizon Dashboard Data from Jan. 21 - Jan 22 2021January 22, 2021
Bulletin #111c - COVID-19 - Signage in Red and Orange Levels - Jan 22 2021January 22, 2021
Summary Bulletin 110 - COVID-19 - Jan. 21, 2021January 21, 2021
Bulletin #110a - COVID-19 - Employee Vaccination FAQs - Jan 21 2021January 21, 2021
Bulletin #110b - COVID-19 - HR Update - Jan 21 2021January 21, 2021
Bulletin #110c - COVID-19 - Horizon Dashboard Data from Jan. 20 2021January 21, 2021
Summary Bulletin 109 - COVID-19 - Jan. 20, 2021January 20, 2021
Bulletin #109a - COVID-19 - Corporate Update - Jan 20 2021January 20, 2021
Bulletin #109b - COVID-19 - HR Update - Jan 20 2021January 20, 2021
Bulletin #109c - COVID-19 Horizon Dashboard Data from Jan. 19 - Jan 20 2021January 20, 2021
Bulletin #108a - COVID-19 - Red Level in Zone 1, 2, and 3 - GNB News Release - Jan 19 2021January 19, 2021
Bulletin #108b - COVID-19 - Horizon Dashboard Data from Jan. 18 - Jan 19 2021January 19, 2021
Summary Bulletin 107 - COVID-19 - Jan. 18, 2021January 18, 2021
Bulletin #107a - COVID-19 - HR Update - Jan 18 2021January 18, 2021
Bulletin #107b - COVID-19 - ID-IPC - Continuous Use of Masks and Eye Protection - Jan 18 2021January 18, 2021
Bulletin #107c - COVID-19 - Horizon Dashboard Data from Jan. 17 - Jan 18 2021January 18, 2021
Bulletin #107d - COVID-19 - GNB News Release from Jan. 18 - Jan 18 2021January 18, 2021
UPDATED Memo - COVID-19 Vaccine Update and Next Clinics - Jan 18 2021January 18, 2021
Memo - COVID-19 Vaccine Update and Next Clinics - Jan 18 2021January 18, 2021
Summary Bulletin 106 - COVID-19 - Jan. 15, 2021January 15, 2021
Bulletin #106a - COVID-19 - Horizon Email Recommended to Sign Up for COVID-19 Vaccination Clinics - Jan 15 2021 January 15, 2021
Bulletin #106b - COVID-19 - Mental Health Supports - Jan 15 2021 January 15, 2021
Bulletin #106c - COVID-19 - Horizon Dashboard Data from Jan. 14 - Jan 15 2021January 15, 2021
Bulletin #106d - COVID-19 - ID-IPC - Revised OR Pathways for Orange and Red Phases - Jan 15 2021 January 15, 2021
Bulletin #106e - COVID-19 - ID-IPC - SOP Compassionate Visitation - Jan 15 2021January 15, 2021
Bulletin #106f - COVID-19 - GNB News Release from Jan. 15 2021 - Jan 15 2021 January 15, 2021
Summary Bulletin 105 - COVID-19 - Jan. 13, 2021January 13, 2021
Bulletin #105a - COVID-19 - Corporate Update - Jan 13 2021 January 13, 2021
Bulletin #105b - COVID-19 - HR Update - Jan 13 2021 January 13, 2021
Bulletin #105c - COVID-19 - Clinical Update - Screening Criteria for COVID-19 Monitoring Forms by Area - Jan 13 2021 January 13, 2021
Bulletin #105d - COVID-19 - Horizon Dashboard Data from Jan. 12 - Jan 13 2020January 13, 2021
Bulletin #105e - COVID-19 - GNB Vaccination Update - Jan 13 2021.doc January 13, 2021
Bulletin #105f - COVID-19 - GNB News Release _Jan 13 2021.doc January 13, 2021
Summary Bulletin 104 - COVID-19 - Jan. 11, 2021January 11, 2021
Bulletin #104a - COVID-19 - HR Update - Jan 11 2021 January 11, 2021
Bulletin #104b - COVID-19 - Horizon Dashboard Data from Jan. 10 - Jan 11 2021January 11, 2021
Bulletin #104c - COVID-19 - GNB Regional Outbreak in Zone 1 (Moncton) - Jan 11 2021January 11, 2021
Bulletin #104d - COVID-19 - GNB Guidance Infographics - Jan 11 2021pdfJanuary 11, 2021
COVID-19 Vaccination - Employee FAQs - Jan 8 2021January 8, 2021
Memo - COVID-19 Vaccination Clinics - Jan 8 2021January 8, 2021
Memo - COVID-19 Vaccination Update - Jan 8 2021January 8, 2021
Summary Bulletin 103 - COVID-19 - Jan. 7, 2021January 7, 2021
Bulletin #103a - COVID-19 - CEO Memo on Orange Phase - Jan 7 2021January 7, 2021
Bulletin #103b - COVID-19 - Corporate Update - Jan 7 2021January 7, 2021
Bulletin #103c - COVID-19 - Horizon Dashboard Data from Jan. 6 - Jan 7 2020January 7, 2021
Bulletin #103d - COVID-19 - GNB PROMT Isolation Guidance for Staff Responding to an Outbreak - Jan 7 2020January 7, 2021
Summary Bulletin 102 - COVID-19 - Jan. 6, 2021January 6, 2021
Bulletin #102a - COVID-19 - HR Update - Jan 6 2021January 6, 2021
Bulletin #102b - COVID-19 - PPE, Inpatient and Occupancy Dashboard Data from Jan. 5 - Jan 6 2021January 6, 2021
Summary Bulletin 101 - COVID-19 - Jan. 5, 2021January 5, 2021
Bulletin #101a - COVID-19 - HR Update - Jan 5 2021January 5, 2021
Bulletin #101b - COVID-19 - GNB News Release from Jan. 5 - Jan 5 2021January 5, 2021
Summary Bulletin 100 - COVID-19 - Jan. 4, 2021January 4, 2021
Bulletin #100a - COVID-19 - Corporate Update - Jan 4 2021January 4, 2021
Bulletin #100b - COVID-19 - GNB News Release from Jan. 4 - Jan 4 2021January 4, 2021
Bulletin #100c - COVID-19 - GNB Post Vaccination Actions for Health Care Workers - Jan 4 2021January 4, 2021
Bulletin #100d - COVID-19 - GNB Moderna Immunization Information - Jan 4 2021January 4, 2021
Bulletin #100e - COVID-19 - GNB COVID-19 Variants in United Kingdom and South Africa - Jan 4 2021January 4, 2021
Bulletin #100f - COVID-19 - GNB Movement of Physicians and Staff - Jan 4 2021January 4, 2021
Summary Bulletin #99 - COVID-19 - Dec 21 2020 December 21, 2020
Bulletin #99a - COVID-19 - IP-IPC - Yellow Cotton Isolation Gowns - Dec 23 2020 December 21, 2020
Bulletin #99b - COVID-19 - ID-IPC - Care for Confirmed COVID-19 Patients - Dec 21 2020 December 21, 2020
Bulletin #99c - COVID-19 - ID-IPC - Isolation Precautions Travel Outside New Brunswick - Dec 21 2020 December 21, 2020
Bulletin #99d - COVID-19 - GNB Updated Holiday Guidelines - Dec 23 2020December 21, 2020
Bulletin #99e - COVID-19 - GNB Revised Patients from Red or Orange Zones - Dec 23 2020December 21, 2020
Bulletin #99f - GNB Emerging therapies for COVID-19 - COVID-19 -Dec 21 2020December 21, 2020
Bulletin #99g - COVID-19 - GNB News Release _Dec 21 2020.doc December 21, 2020
HHN Memo - Covid Vaccinations MiramichiDecember 18, 2020
Summary Bulletin 98 - COVID-19 - Dec 17, 2020December 17, 2020
Bulletin #98a - COVID-19 - COVID-19 Vaccination Clinics at Horizon’s Miramichi Regional Hospital - Dec 17 2020December 17, 2020
Bulletin #98b - COVID-19 - Updated Leave Table Current as of Dec. 17 - Dec 17 2020December 17, 2020
Bulletin #98c - COVID-19 - PPE, Inpatient and Occupancy Dashboard from Dec. 15 - Dec 17 2020December 17, 2020
Bulletin #98d - COVID-19 - GNB News Release from Dec. 17 - Dec 17 2020December 17, 2020
Bulletin #98e - COVID-19 - Caregiver Guide During COVID-19 - Dec 17 2020December 17, 2020
Bulletin #98f - COVID-19 - GNB Revised Visitation In Residential Hospice Facilities - Dec 17 2020December 17, 2020
Summary Bulletin 97 - COVID-19 - Dec 11, 2020December 11, 2020
Bulletin #97a - COVID-19 - HR Update - Dec 11 2020December 11, 2020
Bulletin #97b - COVID-19 - GNB 14-day Self Isolation for Health Care Providers - Dec 11 2020December 11, 2020
Summary Bulletin 96 - COVID-19 - Dec 10, 2020December 11, 2020
Bulletin #96a - COVID-19 - HR Update - Dec 10 2020.doc December 11, 2020
Bulletin #96b - COVID-19 - PPE, Inpatient and Occupancy Dashboard from Dec. 8 - Dec 10 2020December 11, 2020
Bulletin #96c - COVID-19 - GNB News Release from Dec. 10 - Dec 10 2020December 11, 2020
Bulletin #96d - COVID-19 - Point of Care Testing - Dec 10 2020December 11, 2020
Bulletin #96e - COVID-19 - Updated Direction on Sentinel Surveillance for Emergency Room and Hospital Admission - Dec 9 2020December 11, 2020
Bulletin #96f COVID-19 - Appreciation Event Invitation from Patty Hajdu, Minister of Health - Dec 10 2020December 11, 2020
Special Bulletin - COVID-19 - GNB Pfizer - BioNTech Vaccination FAQ - Dec 10 2020December 11, 2020
Special Bulletin - COVID-19 - New Brunswick and Horizon’s Immunization Plan for COVID-19 - Dec 10 2020December 11, 2020
Summary Bulletin 95 - COVID-19 - Dec 7, 2020December 7, 2020
Bulletin #95a - COVID-19 - HR Update - Dec 7 2020December 7, 2020
Bulletin #95b - COVID-19 - GNB News Release from Dec. 6 and 7 - Dec 7 2020December 7, 2020
Bulletin #95c - COVID-19 - Communities in Orange Zone - Dec 7 2020December 7, 2020
Summary Bulletin 94 - COVID-19 - Dec 4, 2020December 4, 2020
Bulletin #94a - COVID-19 - Corporate Update - Dec 4 2020 December 4, 2020
Bulletin #94b - COVID-19 - HR Update - Dec 4 2020 December 4, 2020
Bulletin #94c - COVID-19 - Statistics Canada Survey - Dec 4 2020December 4, 2020
Bulletin #94d - COVID-19 - GNB News Release from Dec. 4 - Dec 4 2020.doc December 4, 2020
Bulletin #94e - COVID-19 - GNB Holiday Guidance - Dec 4 2020December 4, 2020
Bulletin #94f - COVID-19 - SNB Office McAfee Endpoint Security - Dec 4 2020December 4, 2020
Summary Bulletin 93 - COVID-19 - Dec 2, 2020December 2, 2020
Bulletin #93a - COVID-19 - New Screening for Hospital to Hospital Transfers Forms by Area - Dec 22020December 2, 2020
Bulletin #93b - COVID-19 - PPE, Inpatient and Occupancy Dashboard from Dec. 1 - Dec 2 2020December 2, 2020
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 1,161. Since yesterday, 19 people have recovered for a total of 807 recoveries. There have been 14 deaths, and the number of active cases is 339. Seven patients are hospitalized with three in intensive care. Yesterday, 1,943 tests were conducted for a total of 189,653.

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: