Best Practices for Painters and Glaziers Continuing Their Training
As we go back to a “new normal” under COVID-19, some training centres, such as IFSTC (Interior Finishing Systems Training Centre) and FTI (Finishing Trades Institute Ontario) have started back up. Mandatory Health and Safety programs for on the job are offered at IFSTC, and Working at Heights and apprentice classes for painters and glaziers are available at FTI.
If you are attending or will be attending the classes, make sure to follow the below physical distancing and safety measures.
1. Physical Distancing of at Least 2 Metres
Whether you are working within a classroom or in a shop, physical distancing should be the number one safety measure everyone should follow. Keep a distance of at least 2 metres.
2. Avoid High Traffic Areas
Since more students and instructors will be in closer proximity, it is best to avoid high traffic areas at peak times. If possible, avoid entrances/exits, lunchrooms, washrooms and breakrooms when a lot of people will be using them. Be sure to manage your time accordingly.
3. Screening and Communication
Before entering/taking a class, students need to make sure that they have not come in contact with anyone known to have COVID-19. Students should also communicate whether they have travelled outside of Canada recently. Screening for potential exposure helps to prevent any asymptomatic spread of the virus. If a student does show signs or have any symptoms of COVID-19, they should communicate this to their instructors and must remain isolated for 14 days. The course may be suspended until further notice. Being transparent about your health helps to keep yourself and others safe.
4. Wear Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
Many municipalities in Ontario now require masks to be worn in indoor spaces. Cities such as Windsor, Hamilton, London and Toronto all enforce the use of masks. It is not only recommended but essential that students and instructors follow these rules to help slow the spread of the virus.
5. Reduce Equipment Sharing
If possible, reduce contact by using your own equipment. Having individual equipment reduces the number of contact points between students. If there is not enough equipment to use per person, make sure that you are wiping down the equipment before and after use. Also wash your hands thoroughly before and after using the equipment.
Besides physical distancing, this is the most important measure to reduce the spread. Make sure you are washing your hands for at least 20 seconds and you are washing your hands constantly. Use hand sanitizer regularly, especially after using any equipment or touching surfaces. Also, avoid touching your face (eyes, mouth, nose) and perform proper sneezing/coughing etiquette (into the crook of your elbow).
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While it’s up to instructors to ensure safety measures are in place, it is also up to students to practice and reinforce these measures. Only by working together can programs and classes continue in a safe manner. For more information about classes for painters and glaziers, contact your nearest training centre. For more information related to your membership, contact IUPAT today.