Additional break areas for team members, break safety reminders  

Date:  January 28, 2022
To:  All GRH team members
From:  Marc Simard, Director, Occupational Health, Safety and Wellness (OHSW) and Shelley Schmidt, Director, Infection Prevention and Control (IPAC)
Regarding:  Additional break areas for team members, break safety reminders

Quick details

  • Break spaces have been added to slow the spread of unit outbreaks at the KW Campus.
  • An additional break space is available at the 2C patient registration waiting area, which includes chairs but no tables. This is available to staff Monday to Friday after 5 p.m. and all day on weekends.
  • Another break space has been added on 8D near the elevator bay, which includes tables and chairs.
  • Staff are reminded to continue to wear appropriate PPE, and physical distance ANY time you remove or are not wearing PPE, including while on break. No open food should be shared in break rooms, and please respect the room capacity limit that is posted in the area.

The Occupational Health, Safety and Wellness team (OHSW) and the Infection Prevention and Control team (IPAC) have determined break rooms to be the biggest opportunity for the spread of COVID-19 between staff. To address this, temporary break rooms have been added to limit the amount of team members in one break room at a time.

If all break rooms have reached full capacity, there are additional common areas that are available in the cancer centre basement or cafeteria.

Staff are reminded to continue to wear appropriate PPE, and physical distance ANY time you remove or are not wearing PPE, including while on break. No open food should be shared in break rooms, and please respect the room capacity limit that is posted in the area.