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Ontario Tech acknowledges the lands and people of the Mississaugas of Scugog Island First Nation.

We are thankful to be welcome on these lands in friendship. The lands we are situated on are covered by the Williams Treaties and are the traditional territory of the Mississaugas, a branch of the greater Anishinaabeg Nation, including Algonquin, Ojibway, Odawa and Pottawatomi. These lands remain home to many Indigenous nations and peoples.

We acknowledge this land out of respect for the Indigenous nations who have cared for Turtle Island, also called North America, from before the arrival of settler peoples until this day. Most importantly, we acknowledge that the history of these lands has been tainted by poor treatment and a lack of friendship with the First Nations who call them home.

This history is something we are all affected by because we are all treaty people in Canada. We all have a shared history to reflect on, and each of us is affected by this history in different ways. Our past defines our present, but if we move forward as friends and allies, then it does not have to define our future.

Learn more about Indigenous Education and Cultural Services

Personal protective equipment and non-medical equipment: best practices

Personal protective equipment (PPE) is the equipment individuals use to protect themselves from hazards. Non-medical equipment is the equipment individuals use to offer source control, and to protect others around them where physical distance can’t be maintained.

PPE and non-medical equipment should be used in combination with other safety protocols (e.g. masks) and when physical distancing can’t be maintained.

If PPE and/or non-medical equipment for COVID-19 is used in non-health-care settings:

  • It will likely consist of a surgical or procedure mask and eye protection (face shield or goggles).
  • Gloves will not usually be needed as they don’t provide any more protection than handwashing or using hand sanitizer.
  • It will not include a respirator (N95s and equivalent alternatives). These are only required in specific circumstances.

The effectiveness of PPE depends on every person wearing it correctly and consistently.

All workers who are required to use PPE must use it consistently and maintain it properly in order for it to remain effective. It’s effective only if used throughout potential exposure periods, and will not be effective if adherence to its proper use is incomplete or when exposures to infectious patients or ill co-workers are unrecognized. Where workers must use PPE, there may be requirements in applicable regulations.

If you wear PPE for protection against hazards besides COVID-19, you must continue to use that PPE as required. This includes gloves for new cleaning and disinfecting products that workers use because of COVID-19.

Public-health authorities in Durham Region have made wearing non-medical masks mandatory in public places. This bylaw is intended to reduce the risk of spreading COVID-19 to other people when physical distancing may be a challenge or not possible.

Note: Face coverings are not PPE and are not an appropriate substitute for or reduce the need for physical distancing in the workplace.

How to report a possible COVID-19 case