Following this week’s update from the Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Training, I would like to inform you of updated mask requirements as outlined in the Public Health Officer’s Workplace and Post-Secondary Institution Safety Order.
Masks are now mandatory in all classrooms, labs, and shops, effective April 21, 2021.
The graphic below, which was previously shared with you in our mask communication on March 23, has been updated to reflect this requirement. This updated mask requirement should be included within your Safety Plans.
If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to reach out to the Occupational Health and Safety Team.
How to use a face mask properly
- Masks must cover your nose and mouth
- Masks and respirators with exhalation valves are not recommended as they can allow virus particles to escape
- A face shield does not replace a mask
PPE is available for staff, faculty, and student through firstname.lastname@example.org, or at the Security desk. Any student requiring PPE should speak with their instructor.
People with mask exemptions
Staff and faculty who are not able to wear a mask for medical or other reasons should be in contact with their Human Resources Business Partner. Students are asked to contact Accessibility Services.
Observing others not wearing masks
Faculty and staff who observe others not following the mask requirements may remind them to put on a mask or report the observation to their Supervisor, or to Security at 604-451-6856.
Faculty and supervisors should ensure that students are following the safety rules set out in their department/program’s Safety Plan.
Reporting a health and safety concern
Any safety concerns are to be reported to supervisors and BCIT’s Incident Reporting and Information System (IRIS).
If you are unsure of your department’s requirements, please refer to your Safety Plan or seek further instruction from the Occupational Health and Safety Team.
Thank you for your continued support and for keeping the BCIT community safe.
Director, Safety, Security and Emergency Management