COVID-19 Safety Information - Geneva Centre for Autism

COVID-19 Safety Information

Visiting the Centre

In addition to training staff on all COVID-19 protocols, we have enhanced our cleaning measures to include frequently sanitizing high-touch areas and nightly electrostatic disinfecting. 

COVID-19 Safety Plan

Training

  • All staff and volunteers have completed training on how to wear Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) properly.  
  • PPE’s will be provided by Geneva Centre for Autism.

Awareness

  • Signage is posted throughout the building on how to keep themselves safe.
  1. Staff, volunteers and clients will be required to complete a daily Active Screen Questionnaire 
  2. Clients and visitors will be Passive Screened outside the entrance
  3. All staff, volunteers, clients and visitors will have their temperature checked upon entry 

Physical distancing and separation

  • Staff able to work remotely will continue as such
  • Staff required to report to work will do so on a rotation and with staggering start times and breaks
  • Plexiglass has been installed at reception
  • Entrance doors will be locked 
  • Floor decals and signage has been implemented

Cleaning

  • Daily cleaning and disinfecting by cleaning staff
  • Evening cleaning and disinfecting by cleaning staff
  • Staff will be provided with cleaning supplies to wipe down and disinfect their work areas.
  1. Follow Public Health recommendations
  2. Immediately notify staff
  3. Isolate individual and/or ensure safe transportation home.  
  4. Report to Ministry and clients.  
  5. If necessary, close office and move operation remotely for a minimum of 14 days.

Geneva Centre for Autism leadership is committed to addressing and/or mitigating new risks and/or challenges that arise from these changes.  Staff are encouraged to speak to their supervisor, Human Resources, union rep or member of the Joint Health & Safety Committee (JHSC) if they have concerns or questions.  Additionally, Geneva Centre for Autism provides a confidential Employee Assistance Program (EAP) and encourages staff to explore its offerings. 

  • Weekly update meetings
  • Employee surveys and feedback

Frequently Asked Questions

Training: All staff and volunteers will take Infection, Prevention and Control and Mask policy training before resuming work which includes how to put on and take off Personal Protective Equipment (PPE).  PPE’s will be provided by the GCA.
Awareness: Signage on proper handwashing and hygiene will be posted throughout the work place.
Control: Hand sanitizers, daily cleaning and disinfecting will be implemented.  Staff able to work remotely will continue to do so. Staff required to report to work will do so on a rotation with staggering starting times and breaks. 

All staff and clients will be required to complete an Active Screening Questionnaire before reporting to work.   Staff and clients temperatures will also be checked upon arrival using a forehead thermometer or temperature kiosk.  Additionally, visitors and clients will be screened before entering the building to determine access. 

Awareness: Signage on proper handwashing and hygiene, social distancing will be posted throughout the work place.  
Control: Hand sanitizers, daily cleaning and disinfecting will be implemented.  Masks or face coverings will be required in shared/common areas (kitchen, stairwell, and elevator).  Plexiglass has been installed at the reception areas.  
Policies: Geneva Centre for Autism has adopted all guidelines and recommendations from Toronto Public Health to include cohorting clients and staff for in person service.  Additionally, any staff and/or client potentially exposed to COVID-19 will asked not to attend work and/or service for a minimum of 14 days. 
 

Geneva Centre for Autism has designated a safe isolation area in the workplace and/or provide safe transportation home.  Geneva Centre for Autism will immediately notify impacted staff and/or clients and report to Public Health. If directed by Public Health, Geneva Centre for Autism will temporarily close the office for a minimum of 14 days.  

Geneva Centre for Autism will establish regular check-ins with staff’s mental health.  Geneva Centre for Autism will continue to encourage staff to consider contacting the Employee Assistance Program. 

The Executive Leadership team meets weekly and will review the plans effectiveness.  Quarterly surveys will go out and staff are encourage to share their feedback with their supervisors, Human Resources, Union Rep or Joint Health & Safety Committee (JHSC). The JHSC will closely monitor and advise leadership of any concerns.