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FAQ: Essential Workers and Vaccinations

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As an essential worker, when will I receive my first dose of the vaccine? When you receive your first dose will depend on your individual risk factors, not your occupation, unless you work directly with COVID-19 patients. Any concerns you may have about your eligibility to be included in a priority group, based on a health condition, should be discussed …

Respiratory Protection Fact Sheet

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Note: the information contained in this fact sheet is for general education and information purposes only. Proper selection of respiratory protection must be completed by a qualified individual who has performed a full hazard analysis of the worksite and tasks. Images are for demonstration purposes. CUPE does not make general endorsements or recommendations for any brand of personal protective equipment. Download a printable …

Male health care worker wearing a lab coat giving a female health care worker a vaccination in her arm. Both are wearing medical masks.

COVID-19 vaccine: protection for frontline workers

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CUPE NL is encouraged by news of the imminent arrival of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine and the news that health care workers, particularly those in long term care or positions with potential for exposure to COVID-19. This is an important development for the health and safety of our members across the province. Our members providing front line health services have …

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Incorporating Public Health Advice into Workplace Protections

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There is a lot of information to take into consideration when determining which practices to follow when returning to a physical workplace during the pandemic. The biggest source of confusion is how public health directives/guidelines compare to workplace safety practices, particularly with the use of masks. In our view, public health advice informs workplace health and safety practices but does …

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Preventing exposure to COVID-19: Sector-specific resources

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As the global pandemic of COVID-19 persists, CUPE wants to ensure that employers and members continue to implement leading practices to prevent workplace exposure to the virus which causes COVID-19. The guidance in these documents is specific to the hazard related to COVID-19.  It is intended to assist CUPE health and safety activists in their efforts to ensure that adequate protections are in place for members.  In …

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Health and Safety resources for CUPE members

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There is much talk in the media lately about returning to school, and understandably we are all anxious about what this will look like — staff, students and parents alike. While much of the attention appears to be on masking and physical distancing in classrooms, rest assured that we have been having regular discussions with government and the English School …

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Self-isolation and quarantine: why it’s important

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COVID-19 is transmitted by people who are infected and are spreading the virus. A person who comes into contact with the virus could develop symptoms quickly, or not until up to 14 days later (the incubation period). About half of people with COVID-19 will develop symptoms by day five after exposure. But becoming infected doesn’t always mean having symptoms, and in …

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Health and Safety Practices while Working During a Pandemic – ALL SECTORS

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If you’re working during this pandemic, it’s essential that your employer takes additional health and safety precautions to limit exposure to the virus that causes COVID-19. This applies whether you are returning to the workplace, or you never left. The following provides general guidance and leading practices for CUPE members to consider as we continue to work through the time of COVID-19. COVID-19 and …

COVID-19 Prevention for Community and Social Services Workplaces

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As the global pandemic of COVID-19 persists, CUPE wants to ensure that employers and members continue to implement leading practices to prevent workplace exposure to the virus which causes COVID-19. The guidance in this document is specific to addressing the hazard related to COVID-19. It is intended to assist CUPE health and safety activists in their efforts to ensure that …

Q&A on COVID-19 for education members

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How long does the virus live on surfaces? A recent study found that the COVID-19 coronavirus can survive up to four hours on copper, up to 24 hours on cardboard, and up to two to three days on plastic and stainless steel. The researchers also found that this virus can hang out as droplets in the air for up to …