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)
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.