Operational planning

CMTN safety planning is guided by the BC CDC and Public Health Officer, provincial Go-Forward Guidelines, and WorksafeBC.

A safety framework has been developed and a cross-functional working group is supporting department planning efforts with advice from the occupational health and safety members to establish a framework that meets the diverse needs of our work and learning. Updates are posted to the CMTN COVID-19 page, by email, and through social media.  

COVID-19 orientation & training

  • Mandatory orientation for students, staff and visitors.
  • Mandatory online training for students, staff and visitors to be supported by Working Group/OHS
    • Delivered and documented through Brightspace or another tool (e.g. as a survey or quiz)

Return to Campus Safety Planning

Planning Template [XLS]

COVID Safety Training for CMTN Employees

Training Guide [PDF]

COVID Orientation for CMTN Employees

Orientation Guide [PDF]

COVID Safety Planning Framework

Safety Framework [PDF]

COVID Safety Training for CMTN Students

Training Guide [PDF]

COVID Orientation for CMTN Students

Orientation Guide [PDF]

Mandatory daily self-assessments

  • All students and staff are required to follow public health directives and orders:
  • Only come to campus if you are not experiencing any new or worsening COVID-19-like symptoms and have not traveled or been directed to quarantine or self-isolate.
  • Self-assessments must be completed each day and before attending campus. Signage of when it is safe to come on to campus and when to go home are posted to each entrance and throughout buildings.
  • Check-in procedures must be completed each day on arrival to campus, sign-in sheets are located at all front-facing outlets, follow procedures as directed for offices and classrooms.
  • Contact tracing is not undertaken by CMTN.
  • Public Health is accountable for all communications and efforts related to outbreaks, exposures, and including case management and contact tracing.
  • When in doubt call public health for advice (8-1-1) 

Phased planning for a gradual return to campus

CMTN remains committed to a measured approach that reflects the needs of the communities, and will continue with distance delivery of work and learning with in-person activities through the winter semester, and with increasing opportunities being made available over time.

Each semester will see CMTN consider any recommendations or advice for increased face-to-face activities that are provided through consultation with its partners and including recommendations from the COVID-19 Working Group and Occupational Health and Safety members. Final decisions will reflect transmission rates, protocols, a mix of remote delivery with in-person activities.

Campus access

As of Winter 2021, all campuses remain closed to public with access restricted to approved staff and students as well as prospective students, clients, and contractors. Limited services are being provided in-person on campuses: Registration, Library, Trades, Health programs, WTCS, Campus Store, Cedar Café, First Aid, Security and Print Shop (Terrace only). Contact any service by phone or email for support at a distance! 

In-person activities 

All in-person activities are required to navigate through safety planning, with recommendations from the COVID-19 Working Group and Occupational Health and Safety members incorporated for final consideration by President’s Council. Coordinated safety planning for all in-person activities is required to meet regulatory obligations and public expectations. Any proposed in-person activities must navigate the CMTN safety framework and establish required approval prior to being implemented. 

Supplies and equipment

Mandatory PPE is reflective of supplies and equipment required to meet WorkSafeBC requirements; optional supplies and equipment are those that individuals may prefer to use.   

CMTN will be providing supplies and equipment where it is deemed required, priority will be given to those requiring PPE under WorkSafeBC requirements; provision of optional supplies will be limited.


Masks are mandatory for indoor, public and retail spaces. Anyone attending CMTN business must wear a mask any time they are indoors, when safe physical distancing cannot be maintained. 

If you need support accessing a mask for use, or if you are unable to wear a mask, please connect with your instructor or supervisor for support. Accessibility Coordinators and Human Resources are available to support accommodations. An inventory of disposable non-medical face coverings are maintained centrally, and each campus, and select departments will have a limited number of masks available to support access where required. 

How to wear a non-medical face covering properly:


Gloves are not required PPE for most college staff (including most office workers, front desk staff, and instructors). 

CMTN provides gloves in those cases where they have been deemed required PPE for the tasks being undertake.  

Working Group

CMTN's Working Group supports ensuring resources and processes are in place; monitor and support departments delivering face-to-face activities during COVID. OHS to continue to review, advise, support, and investigate.

  • Includes 6 representatives to include: HR, Facilities, BCGEU instructor, BCGEU support, CUPE; within those appointees, ensure OHS is represented, support informed delegation to ensure timely work is undertaken. Sunil, Jennifer Farrow/Stefanie Pellegrino, Rhonda Hunter, Seth Downs, Marja Burrows, plus one additional member from the academic side (Kelly Swain, Brad Leier, or Scott Gust).  
  • Accountable for monitoring and advising departments undertaking planning related to risks during COVID. This includes Exposure Control and Operations Planning. 
  • Accountable for monitoring and aligning CMTN approach to any new guidance and control measures (Public Health Officer, BC CDC, ministry, industry, etc.)
  • The scope of the task force’s activities be restricted to those pertaining to face-to-face planning during COVID and would not include ongoing Occupational Health and Safety accountabilities such as investigations, communication, training, which would remain with the OHS committee.   

First Aid

Self-isolation spaces are established at each campus, to be used by any individual who self-identifies with any of the COVID-19 symptoms during their work or learning and cannot immediately leave campus. 

WorkSafeBC protocols for first aid services are implemented.

First Aid Services in Terrace available during office hours; First Aid Services in Smithers may be available on a limited basis; First Aid Services are not currently available in Prince Rupert or Hazelton.

What to do if you are faced with COVID-19 symptoms, positive test, or exposure?

  • Leave campus immediately and self-isolate, report absence to CMTN by phone, complete BC’s self-assessment tool, call 8-1-1 for advice, self-isolate for recommended amount of time (typically 14 days from when symptoms appeared), advise CMTN by phone in advance of your anticipated return to campus. 
  • If symptoms appear while undertaking work/learning: be aware of WorkSafeBC considerations; If required, self-isolate in the provided space until you are able to leave the premises safely.
  • Flexible work and learning arrangements will be supported wherever possible, to minimize risk, and to minimize disruptions on work and learning during a period of self-isolation. This includes working remotely, distributed learning, flexible or staggered schedules to help coordinate attendance on campus to reduce risks of exposure. 

Safe work procedures

Effective May 4, 2021

Outdoor spaces

Coast Mountain College campuses remains closed to the public with access restricted to those staff and students who are both scheduled and approved for attendance. This includes outdoor spaces.

Those accessing outdoor spaces or shared equipment such as picnic tables or lawn chairs are advised to use at their own risk. Everyone on campus is required to follow all COVID-19 protocols and public health orders.

When using outdoor spaces, everyone is reminded to:

  • Access the space on a first-come first-served basis.
  • Use the space on a casual basis – limit your time to allow for others to enjoy on busy days.
  • Observe physical distancing at all times.
  • Wear a mask when in group settings and shared spaces.
  • Be aware of high-touch areas, bring your own hand sanitizer, wash hands well before and after.
  • Support a drug- and alcohol-free environment by strictly adhering to designated smoking areas and abstaining from any alcohol consumption in accordance with CMTN policies.
  • Ensure your conduct is at all times in alignment with the student / employee codes of conduct.
  • Do not attend campus if you are experiencing new or worsening symptoms of illness, are required to self-isolate or quarantine.
  • Must adhere to policies and requirements.

Use of fleet vehicles

General usage

  • Monitor status of COVID-19, adhere to provincial health orders, and verify that you have documented formal invitation, welcome and protocols for any local communities.
  • Only essential equipment and supplies required for the safe use of the vehicle are permitted to be stored in a vehicle between uses.
  • Make sure vehicle is stocked with disinfecting supplies, including hand sanitizer and surface cleaners.
  • Disinfect surfaces of shared vehicle and any equipment before and after use.
  • When multiple users are in a vehicle, seating configuration should be in the manner that provides the most physical distancing.
  • Proper use of face coverings when there are multiple users at all times.
  • The consumption of drink and food is not permitted in vehicles with multiple users.
  • When possible, open windows and utilize the external air intake to increase airflow when multiple people are in the vehicle.
  • Use assigned seating when multiple users are present in a vehicle.
  • Following sanitizing and distancing measures when re-fueling vehicle.
  • Report any requirements for cleaning and decontamination related to COVID-19 to the Asset Management Coordinator.


  • Maintain a safe physical distance from others while at the pump.
  • Opt for contactless pay methods.
  • Wipe down fuel pump handle with sanitizing wipes or make proper use of disposable gloves and sanitizer.
  • Avoid touching your face and use approved hand sanitizer when once back in the vehicle.
  • Wash your hands well and properly, as soon as you can.


All users are expected to be adhering to the rules of the road. Accidents happen. You can expect to be required to exchange information, make arrangements for towing and transportation, and report the incident safety.  

The basics of navigating a collision includes:

  1. Identify if any involved persons need immediate medical attention and call for medical help
  2. Move vehicles from roadway to avoid blocking traffic
  3. Document vehicle damage and scene
  4. Follow all accident notification procedures

In addition, COVID-19 safety requires that you:

  • Maintain a safe physical distance from others and wear face coverings.
  • Limit interactions by verbally sharing phone numbers, then electronically exchanging photos of insurance, vehicle, and identity documentation.
  • If transportation from the collision site is required, wear a face covering for the duration of the trip, and wherever possible, maintain physical distancing.Most truck cabs do not allow for proper distancing, and are not recommended for transporting multiple passengers from different households.
  • An accident report will need to be filed with the police department or insurance company; call ahead to ensure that services are available to walk-ins.

Vehicle users please review: