Asymptomatic care professionals: the CNESST sides with the FIQ

Professionals in asymptomatic care: the CNESST is on the side of the FIQ

MISE & Agrave; JOUR

An inspector from the Committee on Standards, Equity, Health and Safety at Work (CNESST) issued four exemptions to the CIUSSS de l'Estrie-CHUS to strengthen the measures surrounding the return to work of an employee in administrative segregation due to COVID-19.

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This decision then gives reason to a complaint which had been lodged last December 29 by the FIQ-Union of the professionals in care of the Eastern Townships.

The supervision of the return to work of asymptomatic staff is now reinforced, as well as the wearing of the N95 mask in cold areas, which had been requested since December 24 by the CNESST. The CIUSSS de l'Estrie-CHUS has a few days to comply with the regulations.

The workers were not informed of the procedures put in place when the lifting of administrative segregation in seven days was applied by the CIUSSS, according to the union.

“For the FIQ, there remain certain unresolved points in the CNESST inspector's decision, in particular the fact of recalling potentially contagious employees to work, which involves a risk and makes the work environment unsafe”, The union specified in a press release on Monday.

The establishment of an action plan for workforce management and the issue of ventilation are other subjects that remain unanswered, d 'after the FIQ.

The wearing of the N95 mask by colleagues who are in the same room as a worker in administrative segregation is also requested by the union.

“The return of workers before the end of their isolation, positive covid or not, is an exceptional measure that must be applied rigorously and be supervised in order to reduce the risk to other workers. Until the update of its procedure, the employer must ensure that all the preventive measures are in place when he chooses to carry out a hasty recall of a worker in isolation “, recalled the inspector in her decision.

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