PRECAUTIONARY MEASURES FOR
COVID-19 ARE IN PLACE
ACSLPA staff are working remotely and the physical office is closed to visitors.
Email is the easiest way to contact staff with your questions.
Please visit the ‘Contact ACSLPA‘ page to access staff contact information.
When in doubt, email email@example.com and your email will be forwarded to the appropriate staff member.
Ensure the use of reputable information when making decisions about your practice and personal situation. See below for information relevant to ACSLPA members. Be sure to be aware of the information specific to Alberta and Canada.
The Advisory Statement was updated on May 15, 2020 to include information received by the Chief Medical Officer of Health. Check back frequently for changes.
Advisory Statement: Providing Services During a Pandemic (May 15, 2020)
Request Process for ACSLPA Members who Work in Private Practice
Hazard assessments are required under Occupational Health and Safety to identify existing and potential hazards related to COVID-19. Where possible, hazards should be eliminated. If a hazard cannot be eliminated, then it must be controlled. Appropriate hazard control (from most to least effective) includes (but is not limited to):
- Eliminating the hazard where possible:
- Limiting services that are not essential or not urgent/critical.
- Substituting services:
- Providing services by a different means other than face-to-face (e.g., virtual care/telepractice/curbside pickup).
- Using engineering controls:
- Maintaining physical separation of 2m between people.
- Using physical barriers where physical distancing cannot be maintained (e.g., plastic/glass barriers).
- Using administrative controls:
- Directing clients to come alone (or with only 1 caregiver).
- Hand hygiene/washing.
- Respiratory etiquette (covering coughs and sneezes).
- Regular cleaning and disinfecting of equipment and commonly touched surfaces:
- Cleaning and disinfecting is a two-step process. Use a “wipe-twice” method to clean and disinfect. Wipe surfaces with a cleaning agent to clean off soil and wipe again with a disinfectant.
- Develop and implement procedures for increasing the frequency of cleaning and disinfecting.
- More information: https://www.acslpa.ca/covid-19-pandemic-information/decision-making-support-guide (see section on “Steps to Take When Seeing a Client Face-to-Face”).
- The requirement varies based on risk of exposure to COVID-19 and on the activities being performed.
- All available controls should be put into place to ensure PPE is used sparingly and to support global supply.
- If your normal supply chain has been exhausted, you may place an order through the Government of Alberta: https://xnet.gov.ab.ca/ppe.
- Request must be made for a 2-week supply of PPE.
- Only one request can be submitted per clinic (requests must be pooled at the organization level).
- Fulfillment of orders is subject to available stock.
*Note: members who work within AHS, Covenant Health, AHS-contracted service providers, primary care networks or physician offices, will have PPE provided through AHS.
April 30, 2020
Alberta’s Premier has announced that:
- AHS employees will start transitioning to provide more elective and non-critical services, and
- Non-AHS health professionals can start providing non-essential and non-critical services starting sometime after
May the 4th.
It is our current understanding that members should not provide non-essential or non-critical health services until several conditions have been met which include:
- new guidelines for reopened services must be published by colleges,
- employers and health professionals must have a sufficient supply of cleaners, sanitizing supplies and personal protective equipment to provide services, and
- employers must be able to meet Occupational Health and Safety requirements for safe work in a COVID-19 environment.
The situation is evolving quickly and ACSLPA is learning more about Alberta Health’s needs and the government’s expectations. We are working quickly to provide members with the guidance and support they need and updates will be published to members a soon as possible.
Bookmark this page and check back frequently as more information will be released and provided as the situation unfolds.