Masks becoming mandatory...
Stay up-to-date on what you and your business can do to stay safe, and ensure compliance with the recommended best-practices from the Province of Alberta.
COVID-19 can be spread by infected individuals who have not yet, or who may never develop symptoms. Masks, including homemade cloth masks or non-medical face masks, are another way to reduce the risk of spreading COVID-19 in areas where physical distancing (2 metres distance between individuals) may be challenging or not possible.
For more information, follow the link:
COVID-19 information:guidance for wearing non-medical masks
Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) is used as temporary (until more effective hazard control techniques can be used) or last line of protection for workers against hazards (source: CCOHS)
Always remember, the PPE you use will depend on the work environment, the work conditions, and the process being performed.
PPE does not reduce the workplace hazard nor does it guarantee permanent or total protection for the wearer. Simply having Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) available is NOT enough. In order to ensure the required level of protection:
PPE Evaluation | 'Hierarchy of Control'
The priority should be to follow the “hierarchy of control” including:
elimination, substitution, or engineering control(s) of hazards at their source or along the path between the source and the worker.
Many methods are available, and those most appropriate to the specific situation should be used.
When the hazard cannot be removed or controlled adequately, personal protective equipment (PPE) may be used.
Remember! PPE is considered as the last level of protection when all other methods are not available or possible. For more information, see the OSH Answers document Hazard Control for information on a hazard control program.