Employee COVID-19 self-assessment procedures for CFIA employees working in establishments
If you work in a third party establishment, as of March 24, 2020, the CFIA is requesting that before presenting yourself at work, prior to each shift, you conduct a self-assessment of your daily health status. This is to ensure you continue to meet the health and safety requirements stemming from the Public Health Agency of Canada's (PHAC) and Health Canada's guidelines regarding the management of the COVID-19 pandemic, specifically in line with symptoms that require self-isolation practices.
In addition, we are asking CFIA employees to follow COVID-19 protocols put in place by the establishments in which they work, such as the monitoring of temperature upon arrival on or at an establishment. If the establishment is requesting you provide personal or heath information, or if you have any concerns with the protocols put in place by the establishment, please contact your Manager.
Below is a series of questions, which you are required to review as part of your daily assessment.
1) Are you experiencing any of the following:
- Severe difficulty breathing (e.g. struggling to breathe or speaking in single words)
- Severe chest pain
- Having a very hard time waking up
- Feeling confused
- Losing consciousness
2) Are you experiencing any of the following:
- Shortness of breath at rest
- Inability to lie down because of difficulty breathing
- Chronic health conditions that you are having difficulty managing because of difficulty breathing
3) Are you experiencing any of the following:
- Fever (defined as greater than 38 degrees Celsius)
- Sore Throat
- Difficulty breathing
4) Have you travelled to any countries outside Canada (including the United States) within the last 14 days? Travel includes passing through an airport.
5) Did you provide care or have close contact with a person with COVID-19 (probable or confirmed) while they were ill?
A close contact is defined as a person who:
- Provided care for the individual, including healthcare workers, family members or other caregivers, or who had other similar close physical contact without consistent and appropriate use of personal protective equipment
- Lived with or otherwise had close prolonged contact (within 2 meters) with the person while they were infectious
- Had direct contact with infectious bodily fluids of the person (e.g. was coughed or sneezed on) while not wearing recommended personal protective equipment
If you respond NO to all questions, proceed to work as usual.
If you respond YES to any of the questions, remain at home and contact your Manager directly, to report your health status.
Additionally, for any YES answers, consult the Health Canada on-line assessment tool (powered by Thrive Health) Or consult your local public health authority for further guidance on next steps:
This CFIA guidance will be reviewed and adjustments made as information or circumstances change. Thank you for your cooperation and continued commitment. If you have any questions, please contact your Manager.
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