ISSUED / EFFECTIVE DATE: 20 Apr 2020 SERIAL NUMBER: 002/2020

SUBJECT: Mandatory use of non-medical masks and gloves while at CFC facilities.

REASON: To limit exposure and reduce the risk of transmission of COVID-19.

 

  1. BACKGROUND INFORMATION

The BC Centre for Disease Control has recommended wearing facemasks to help protect those around you. Some people can spread the virus when they have very mild symptoms or may be unaware they are infected. In this case, wearing a non-medical or cloth mask or face covering can help by containing your own droplets from coughing, sneezing, speaking or laughing.

In situations where you cannot keep a safe distance from others for an extended period of time, such as during flight training, the use of Protective Personal Equipment (PPE) helps minimise the risk of spreading the virus.

  1. NEW PROCEDURE TO FOLLOW

It is now mandatory for everyone (including students, renters and instructors) to wear masks and gloves while at CFC facilities, including airplanes, offices, hangar and/or simulator.

  1. GENERAL GUIDANCE

Wearing a cloth mask will not protect you from COVID-19 but it is a good option in situations where you cannot keep a safe distance from others for an extended period of time such as when you are on transit, getting a haircut or visiting someone indoors.

Any mask, no matter how efficient at filtration or how good the seal, will have minimal effect if it is not used together with other preventive measures, such as frequent hand washing and physical distancing.

Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) has warned that non-medical gloves can easily become contaminated if they make contact with objects or surfaces that contain the virus on them. If a person were to touch these objects or surfaces while wearing gloves and then touch their face, for example, they can become infected with COVID-19.

Practising good hand hygiene by frequently washing your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or using either an alcohol-based hand sanitizer containing at least 60 per cent alcohol, as well as not touching your face, and practising respiratory etiquette by coughing into a tissue or sleeve, offers protection against contracting COVID-19.

For more information regarding how we at Canadian Flight Centre are mitigating the risks of exposure to COVID-19 please visit our website http://www.cfc.aero/index.php/covid19