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.
- 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.
- For more information about purchasing PPE, see the Alberta Biz Connect website.