Environmental Health & Safety

Environmental Health & Safety / COVID-19

Complete the Health Declaration Form if you attending are returning to class or work at MRU. Completion of this form is required daily for all students and employees coming to campus, attending field-schools, or participating in off-campus activities with other students or employees. 

Contractors, consultants and visitors: Complete the health declaration form.

 

Rapid response information for those reporting symptoms:

Rapid Response Instructions for Employees - for employees to follow if they are feeling unwell

Rapid Response Instructions for Managers and Chairs - for managers / chairs to follow in the event of a symptomatic employee

Rapid Response Instructions for Symptomatic Students - for instructors and others working with students

Rapid Reponse Instructions for Symptomatic Contractors - for those employing third party contractors to work on campus


Masks are mandatory in all indoor public spaces

Anyone coming to campus must wear a mask or face covering in all indoor public spaces. This applies to students, employees, contractors and visitors. 

Masks are also recommended in outdoor spaces where a two-metre distance from others cannot be maintained.

Please bring your own mask. Review how to safely don a mask.

Employees who have concerns about the safety of wearing a mask during a particular activity should contact Environmental Health and Safety (EHS) for advice at ehs@mtroyal.ca. Employees who require a medical exemption should contact abilitymanagement@mtroyal.ca.

Students who require a medical exemption should contact accessibility@mtroyal.ca.

Thank you for your cooperation. 


Environmental, Health and Safety continues to work with other areas on campus to monitor the ongoing coronavirus (COVID-19) situation and take appropriate precautions to limit the impact to our campus community. Alberta Health Services continues to reinforce the ways to reduce the risk of respiratory illnesses, including influenza (the flu) and COVID-19:

  • Wash your hands often and well
  • Avoid touching your face, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick
  • Clean and disinfect surfaces that are frequently touched
  • Stay at home and away from others if you are feeling ill
  • When sick, cover your cough and sneezes and then wash your hands

 Safe Use of Shared Spaces poster

How do I make sure my workplace at home is ergonomically correct?

When you are working from home remember to take frequent breaks and move around often. You can also take virtual breaks with your colleagues. You can refer to this self assessment form. If you need to raise up your monitor or keyboard, you can always use boxes or other household items to create a comfortable elevation. You can also contact the Environmental Health & Safety Office at EHS@mtroyal.ca or 403.440.6038 for assistance.

 

How can I keep safe if I need to do my job on campus?

Please discuss with your supervisor ways to keep safe while you are on campus. Depending upon your role, there may be an option for flexible working arrangements to support physical distancing. Activities that have stopped include:

  • work in small specialized spaces.
  • use of equipment that cannot easily be sanitized.
  • studio work that requires students to create physical projects on-campus.

As well, enhanced cleaning protocols that meet all Alberta Health Services’ pandemic standards are in place and Environmental Health and Safety is available to assist.

Additional information can be found on the EH&S Policy and Procedures site. 

 

What if I am supposed to work on campus but am afraid of getting COVID-19?

If you are doing one of the key functions required on campus and are concerned, inform your supervisor of your concern and they will discuss with Human Resources and Environmental Health and Safety on a case-by-case basis. Regular leave types and associated approval processes are available. An unpaid leave of absence can also be requested. Sick time and short-term disability leave are only for those instances where an employee is ill or meets Alberta Health Services self-isolation requirements and is unable to work from home.

 

What are my rights with regards to refusal of unsafe work during COVID-19?

The Right to Refuse Dangerous Work is a component of the Occupational Health and Safety Act of Alberta. You can review the legislation online here. The MRU Unsafe Work Refusal procedure can be found here.

 

Employees have a right to refuse unsafe work, but it must be based on a reasonable assessment of the risk. What is considered 'reasonable' and who defines this?

It is defined in the Occupational Health and Safety Act of Alberta.

 

What safety protocols are expected from people when they are on campus?

It is expected people will:

  • Wear a mask or face covering in all indoor public spaces on campus. A mask is also recommended in outdoor spaces when a physical distance of 2 metres cannot be maintained.
  • Complete the Daily Health Declaration Form before coming to campus.
  • Disinfect your hands with sanitizer upon entering the building.
  • Wash your hands frequently and for a minimum of 20 seconds (or apply hand sanitizer), particularly if you have touched items in public or common areas.
  • Avoid touching your face, nose or mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Practise physical distancing when on campus, staying a minimum of two metres from others.
  • Limit interactions on campus by visiting only the areas that you need to go to (e.g. work area, nearest washroom, etc.).
  • Stay at home and away from others if you feel unwell, and avoid close contact with others who are sick.

 

What cleaning protocols are being used on campus?

Cleaning practices and protocols have been enhanced following the Alberta Health Services’ guidelines and including prioritizing high-touch and high-traffic areas.

Additional details are available here.

 

How do I obtain additional safety or cleaning supplies for my work space on campus?

Safety and cleaning supplies such as hand sanitizer, disinfectant wipes and reusable and disposable masks are available for employees working on campus. To request supplies for your area, please complete the Safety and Cleaning Supplies Request form, and someone from the EH&S team will be in touch.

 

Why are all the water fountains covered and out of use?

As part of our enhanced cleaning and safety efforts, all water fountains on campus are covered and out of use. Water bottle fill stations will remain open and cleaned at increased intervals. Please continue to practise good hygiene prior to using these stations and avoid touching your water bottle to the fill station.