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COVID-19 Mask Use

SLC also requires anyone entering our campuses to provide proof of full vaccination or approved exemption and a negative antigen test result. This requirement is an additional layer of protection creating a safe environment to work and learn.

When you wear a mask, you are protecting others. When others wear a mask, they are protecting you.

According to the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC), masks can help:
  • Contain your respiratory particles
  • Prevent or reduce the amount of infectious respiratory particles you inhale, particularly when wearing a well-constructed, well-fitting mask.
The College’s Mandatory Mask Policy aligns with current regulations and guidelines from public health authorities including SLC’s three local public health units:

KFL&A PUBLIC HEALTH

LEEDS, GRENVILLE AND LANARK HEALTH UNIT

EASTERN ONTARIO HEALTH UNIT

EASTERN ONTARIO HEALTH UNIT

COVID-19 Mask Use

SLC also requires anyone entering our campuses to provide proof of full vaccination or approved exemption and negative antigen test result. This requirement is an additional layer of protection creating a safe environment to work and learn.

When you wear a mask, you are protecting others. When others wear a mask, they are protecting you.

According to the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC), masks can help:
  • Contain your respiratory particles
  • Prevent or reduce the amount of infectious respiratory particles you inhale, particularly when wearing a well-constructed, well-fitting mask.
The College’s Mandatory Mask Policy aligns with current regulations and guidelines from public health authorities including SLC’s three local public health units:

KFL&A PUBLIC HEALTH

LEEDS, GRENVILLE AND LANARK HEALTH UNIT

EASTERN ONTARIO HEALTH UNIT

Mask Facts: Non-Medical Masks (Face Coverings, Cloth Masks)

The effectiveness of non-medical masks varies based on mask material, construction, fit, and the user’s ability to use the mask as intended, including proper hand hygiene measures when donning and doffing the mask.
Some non-medical masks can help prevent the spread of COVID-19 similarly to medical masks if they:
  • Fit well to the user’s face
    • Are large enough to completely and comfortably cover the nose, mouth, and chin without gaps
    • Do not allow air to escape from edges
    • Fit securely to the head with ties, bands, or ear loops (Consider shaving facial hair shave short to fit the mask more closely to your face)
    • Be comfortable and not require frequent adjustments
    • Maintain its shape after washing and drying (for reusable
      non-medical masks only)

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The effectiveness of non-medical masks varies based on mask material, construction, fit, and the user’s ability to use the mask as intended, including proper hand hygiene measures when donning and doffing the mask.
Some non-medical masks can help prevent the spread of COVID-19 similarly to medical masks if they:
  • Fit well to the user’s face
    • Are large enough to completely and comfortably cover the nose, mouth, and chin without gaps
    • Do not allow air to escape from edges
    • Fit securely to the head with ties, bands, or ear loops. (Consider shaving facial hair shave short to fit the mask more closely to your face.)
    • Be comfortable and not require frequent adjustments
    • Maintain its shape after washing and drying (for reusable non-medical masks only)
  • Have multiple layers, including at least two layers of breathable tightly woven fabric, such as cotton and
  • An effective middle filter layer
Public health agencies continue to recognize well-fitting, properly worn 2- and 3-ply non-medical masks as protection from COVID-19 and its variants, and non-medical masks continue to be acceptable in public and workplace settings.
For additional information regarding the proper use and care of non-medical mask, refer to the link here

Some non-medical masks can help prevent the spread of COVID-19 similarly to medical masks if they:
  • Have multiple layers, including at least two layers of breathable tightly woven fabric, such as cotton and
  • An effective middle filter layer
Public health agencies continue to recognize well-fitting, properly worn 2- and 3-ply non-medical masks as protection from COVID-19 and its variants, and non-medical masks continue to be acceptable in public and workplace settings.
For additional information regarding the proper use and care of non-medical
mask, refer to the link

Mask Facts: Non-Medical Masks (Face Coverings, Cloth Masks)

here.

Medical masks, also called procedural or surgical masks, are a form of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) to prevent droplets and splashes from passing through the mask material. They are usually three layers and made out of
more than one type of material.
In Canada, medical masks are regulated, requiring international standards such as ASTM F2100 to be met, and are categorized as either Level 1, Level 2 or
Level 3 based on protection offered and intended use.
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Mask Facts: Medical/Procedural/Surgical Mask

worn by health care workers

to protect themselves from

infection when they:
  • Are in close contact with people who are infected
  • Can’t maintain a safe physical distance
  • Do not have access to a physical barrier

Mask Facts: Medical/Procedural/Surgical Mask

Both The PHAC and Public Health Ontario (PHO) continue to recommend that medical masks be reserved for:
  • Anyone who has tested positive for or has symptoms of COVID-19
  • People caring for someone who has tested positive or has
    symptoms of COVID-19
  • People who live in an overcrowded setting with someone who has tested positive or has symptoms of COVID-19
  • People who are at risk of more severe disease or outcomes from COVID-19
  • People who are at higher risk of exposure to COVID-19 because of their living situation
  • Healthcare Workers and First Responders
Similar to non-medical masks, the effectiveness of a medical mask depends on mask material, mask construction, mask fit and the user’s ability to properly use the mask as intended, including proper hand hygiene measures when donning and doffing the mask.

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Both The PHAC and Public Health Ontario (PHO) continue to recommend that medical masks be reserved for:
  • Anyone who has tested positive for or has symptoms of COVID-19
  • People caring for someone who has tested positive or has symptoms of COVID-19
  • People who live in an overcrowded setting with someone who has tested positive or has symptoms of COVID-19
  • People who are at risk of more severe disease or outcomes from COVID-19
  • People who are at higher risk of exposure to COVID-19 because of their living situation
  • Healthcare Workers and First Responders
Similar to non-medical masks, the effectiveness of a medical mask depends on mask material, mask construction, mask fit and the user’s ability to properly use the mask as intended, including proper hand hygiene measures when donning and doffing the mask.

The PHAC

Public Health Ontario

Mask Facts: N95 and KN95 Respirators

N95 and KN95 are a type of respirator. Similar to the recommendations made by PHAC and PHO for medical masks, KN95 and N95 respirators should be reserved for use by health care workers and first responders when providing direct care to COVID-19 patients.
Effectiveness of these respirators also depends on mask material, mask construction, mask fit and the user’s ability to properly use the mask as intended, including proper hand hygiene measures when donning and
doffing the mask.

How to Properly Select, Use, and Care for a Mask

When layered with other recommended public health measures, a well-constructed, well-fitting, and properly worn mask can help prevent the spread of COVID-19.

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well-fitting,

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