Updated occupational health guidance from Health Canada regarding COVID-19

March 4, 2022 -  Defence Stories

Health Canada recently updated its occupational health guidance for the federal public service, recognizing the evolving public health measures related to the COVID-19 pandemic.

According to this update, departments and agencies may now resume their planning to gradually increase building occupancy, while continuing to respect the appropriate use of workplace preventive practices. The update also provides additional information on the use of masks, and updated screening questions for when an employee returns to the workplace after a COVID-19 infection or exposure.

Decisions on changes related to day-to-day operations and the reintegration of Defence Team members into the physical workplace will continue to be made at the local level, based on regional realities, local health conditions, and operational requirements. Resuming in-person business activities across the DND/CAF will be based on a variety of circumstances and will be adapted as required to maintain critical operations and protect personnel. The Defence Team will continue to employ a hybrid workforce where it makes sense, leveraging the success that we have experienced thus far by affording our teammates flexibility. Above all, the health and safety, including the mental health and well-being of our employees continues to be our top priority.

Leadership will communicate with Defence Team members should there be any immediate plans to return to the workplace for those who have not already done so, and members are encouraged to reach out to their supervisors with any questions. In all decisions, leadership will carefully consider the health of Defence Team members, Senior Medical Authority advice, and guidance from regional health authorities.

If you have any questions, you are encouraged to speak with your supervisor or submit them through the Ask Anything: COVID-19 inbox.

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