N95 Masks

UGDSB approves the use of N95 masks for staff

GUELPH – The Upper Grand District School Board (UGDSB) has approved the use of N95 masksFor staff, provided they meet several requirements.

At a Nov. 23 board meeting Peter Sovran, director for education, presented the board a finalized version of a previously-passed motion calling for N95 to be allowed. masks.

The board approved a motion to direct the department of health and safety to create a comprehensive application process for staff who request N95 that is self-funded, fitted, and acquired. masksOr “respirators”For COVID-19 purposes.

In October, Mike Foley, trustee, raised concerns about masking. He asked staff to investigate the use N95. masksReview motions that have been approved by other boards in the Province.

Following input from the joint health and safety committee, guidance from the Ministry of Labour, Ministry of Education and public health agencies, the board’s health and safety department developed a series of guidelines for staff about which PPE should be worn in different circumstances and conditions.

“What we propose is the following, that a process be developed for staff initiated and funded N95 mask or respirator use,”Sovran explained his explanation to the board.

The report to trustees noted the board continues to align with the Ministry of Education and Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph Public Health direction that an N95 maskThis would not be considered as enhanced PPE at the moment.

“However, we do believe that’ it’s reasonable and compassionate for the board to provide a process to allow staff seeking to substitute the employer mask PPE with an N95 to further address potential concerns related to personal perceived risks associated with COVID-19 exposure,” Sovran explained.

As the approved motion noted, the board’s health and safety department will develop an application process for staff members wanting to wear N95 masksThe following requirements will be required:

An attestation of the purchase and delivery of N95 mask “respirator”It is either certified by the National Institute of Safety and Health, or approved by Health Canada. “PPE respirator”by the staff member (at their expense);
A report on the make, size, and model of the selected N95 respirator.
An attestation that the staff member has been fitted tested to use the selected N95 model and make of respirator, in accordance with Canadian Standards Association concerning the care and use of respirators.
a certificate of training completion that includes the use and limitations of the selected N95 respirator as well as the name of the organization/individual performing the fit-testing and training; and
If a different N95 respirator has been purchased, the staff member will need to complete a completely new process.

According to the report, N95 will not be allowed on staff. maskBefore all required documentation has been submitted, they will be reviewed and approved.

“I just want to say thank you so much for responding to the board’s motion last month so quickly, doing such a thorough job and responding to the needs of all staff,”Foley replied to the presentation.

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