PPE Required on Campus

Everyone on campus must wear all required personal protective equipment (PPE). Masks must be worn everywhere on campus unless you are in a designated eating area. Eye protection is also required in rooms where physical distance of two metres (six feet) cannot be maintained.

Signs throughout the college are in place to remind everyone of PPE requirements, and academic divisions provide protocol reminders. Wellness Ambassadors are also on campus to increase awareness and promote COVID-19 safety requirements.

Masks

Masks must be worn at all times on campus. This includes classrooms and labs, and commons spaces like hallways, elevators, stairwells and change rooms. 

Temporary removal of a mask is permitted where necessary for the purpose of eating, drinking or receiving services at WAVE clinics. 

We encourage everyone on campus to wear a disposable three-layer mask instead of a cloth mask.  

The mask must cover the nose, mouth and chin. At non-George Brown College sites, including third-party placements, employees and students must adhere to the requirements as set out by the third party. 

Does the college supply masks? 

Disposable three-layer masks are distributed at campus entrances for anyone who needs one. 

If you see someone not wearing a mask on campus 

Tell the individual they can get a mask at the college entrances. Report any safety concerns to your instructor or supervisor. 

Please also keep in mind that some people may not be able to wear a face mask due to medical and/or accessibility issues. 

The health and safety of the college community are our top priority. We will ensure a sufficient supply of masks and other PPE for the college community and provide instruction on how to safely use them.  

If you cannot wear a mask 

We recognize there may be members of our community who have difficulty wearing a mask for medical, accessibility, or other reasons. Students and employees who cannot wear a mask must notify the college prior to coming on-site. We will review each situation on a case-by-case basis and work with the individual to identify appropriate accommodations. We’re committed to problem-solving with the individual but can't guarantee that all requests will result in the ability to complete work and/or learning on campus. 

  1. Report in advance. Students and employees who cannot wear a mask must notify the college via email prior to coming on-site. 
    Students: Notify Student Wellbeing and Counselling at LetsTalkCOVID19@georgebrown.ca.
    Employees: Notify your supervisor and Health, Safety and Wellness at COVIDreporting@georgebrown.ca.
  2. Provide documentation. People requesting an accommodation must provide documentation supporting their request. An example may be a note from a medical practitioner.
  3. Explore alternatives. Health, Safety and Wellness has identified a series of college-approved alternative face coverings that meet the basic requirements as set by Toronto Public Health. Health, Safety and Wellness will work with you to find an alternative, where possible. (See contact information above in #1.)
  4. Remote study/work or other options. Where face-covering alternatives are not feasible, departments and academic programs will work with employees and students to explore possible remote study/work or other options.

Eye protection

Students and employees must wear eye protection and masks in rooms where two metres (six feet) of physical distance cannot be maintained and separation with a physical barrier isn’t possible.  

This requirement is in line with Toronto Public Health recommendations about variants of concern and changes to what qualifies as close contact. These recommendations state that If you are in a closed space, wearing a mask and keep two metres of distance but do NOT have eye protection, you may be considered a close contact and may need to isolate for 14 days if anyone in the room tests positive for COVID-19.  

Does the college supply eye protection? 

A reusable face shield will be available to each employee and student who is approved to be on-site. They are distributed at the entrance of all campuses. Contractors are responsible for having appropriate PPE. 

In some program areas, goggles or safety glasses may be used instead. Students and employees already using eye protection as part of their programs should continue to use those items, and they should be worn for the duration of the lab.  

While the security team does have extra eye protection on hand as a backup, the face shields being distributed are reusable, and students and employees are expected to clean them and bring them each time they are on campus.  

Open spaces and lunchrooms  

If you are in a hallway or other open space, eye protection is not required but you should always keep two metres of distance.  

In lunchrooms, you can remove your mask and eye protection to eat, but your PPE should immediately be put back on and you must always keep at least two metres distance. We are reviewing our occupancy levels in enclosed eating areas to ensure there is room for adequate distancing. 

Types of eye protection 

Face shields 

Face shields have a transparent window or visor that protects the face and associated mucous membranes (eyes, nose and mouth). It protects the wearer against exposure from splashes and sprays of body fluids. They are usually worn with other PPE, such as a medical mask, respirator or eyewear. 
Source: Health Canada 

Safety glasses 

Safety glasses with an appropriate CSA rating can protect from hazards including flying objects, particles, dust, heat, or sparks but need to be selected based on the hazards associated with the job task. Safety glasses provide some protection against splashes and infectious materials. Safety glasses can be worn under face shields.  
Source: Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety 

Goggles 

Goggles that fit snug around the eyes and have an appropriate CSA rating provide protection similar to safety glasses but can also provide a higher level of protection from hazards like abrasive blasting materials, arc flash, or chemicals. Well-fitting safety goggles can protect the wearer from mists, splashes, sprays, and respiratory droplets. Safety goggles can be worn under face shields.  
Source: Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety 

Safe wearing & removal of PPE

Masks 

Toronto Public Health recommends the following for the safe wearing and removal of masks: 

Wash or sanitize your hands before putting on and after taking off your mask. 

  • Place the mask over your nose, mouth and chin without gaping.
  • Change your mask if it becomes moist or dirty.
  • Remove your mask by the ear loops without touching the front of the mask.
  • Put your used mask in a plastic bag or directly in the laundry bin to be washed (if cloth).
  • Launder cloth masks with other items using the hot wash cycle and dryer.

COVID-19: The use of face masks (Toronto Public Health)

Eye protection/faces shields

Putting on Eye Protection 

  • Wash your hands.
  • Place eye protection on your face close enough to protect eyes, without touching your eyelashes.

Taking Off Eye Protection 

  • Wash your hands.
  • Handle by the head band or earpiece for goggles and/or face shield.
  • Place in designated waste bin or wash re-usable eye protection with soap and water and store in clean, dry place.

Safe use of eye protection/face shields 

  • Avoid touching or manipulating the eye protection once you have put it on. If you do touch it, wash or sanitize your hands afterwards.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, mouth or face. If you need to touch your face, make sure your hands are clean.
  • If the eye protection becomes soiled, wet or damaged, remove it and clean it, or get a new one.
  • Fogging of eye protection is a hazard and can impair your ability to see and work safely. Securing your mask over the bridge of your nose can help to reduce fogging of eye protection. Anti-fog products may also help. These can be ordered through George Brown College’s Facilities department.
  • If your eye protection begins to fog, go to a cool place. If you need to readjust your PPE, clean your hands before and after.
  • Eye protection must not be shared unless it has been disinfected between use.

Other resources

Proper use of a cloth face mask (Toronto Public Health) 

How to put on full PPE (Public Health Ontario - PHO) 

How to take off full medical PPE (PHO) 

How to put on gloves (PHO) 

How to safely take off gloves (PHO) 

Cleaning & disinfecting

Face shield 

  1. Wash or sanitize your hands. 

  1. Place face shield on a table, with the outside of the shield facing up. Using a disinfectant wipe, clean the outside of the shield. Discard the wipe. 

  1. Lift the shield up from the table and using a new disinfectant wipe, clean the table surface. Discard the wipe. 

  1. Place the face shield on the cleaned table, with the inside of the shield facing up and using a new disinfectant wipe, clean the inside of the shield, headband, and strap. Discard the wipe. 

  1. Wash or sanitize your hands. 

  1. Immediately store eye protection in a clean and dry place such as a clean resealable plastic bag. 

Safety goggles and glasses 

  1. Wash or sanitize your hands. 

  1. Using a disinfectant wipe, clean the inside, outside and temples or straps. Discard the wipe. 

  1. Wash or sanitize your hands. 

  1. Immediately store eye protection in a clean and dry place such as a clean resealable plastic bag.