Masks manufactured at great expense for large chain stores may not be used, because the CNESST requires the wearing of surgical face mask N95.
21 July 2020
Updated on July 22, 2020 to 8h23
The CNESST requires the surgical masks or N95 for the employees of the businesses
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Several large chain stores have been manufactured with the high costs of masks reusable fabric that will not be used. In a document to which The Canadian Press has obtained a copy, the standards Commission, equity, health and safety in the workplace (CNESST) imposes on the employees of the businesses the port of the surgical mask (disposable) or even the N95 for employees who are not located behind a plexiglas. The document further specifies that the masks handcrafted in fabric are not suitable for such cases.
The news was confirmed by a spokesperson of the CNESST, Maxime Boucher. “It is indeed the policy of the CNESST in regards to the shops,” he says. However, it was impossible to know what are the sanctions for employers who would not provide these masks in sufficient quantity for their employees. The directive of the CNESST provides for a minimum of four disposable masks for each employee, and indicates that any mask that are soiled or too wet must be changed.
Enough is enough, ” said the AQMAT
The quebec Association of hardware and building materials (AQMAT) believes that this volte-face of the CNESST is too much. “Enough is enough, lance’s president and chief executive officer of the AQMAT, Richard Darveau. Already our members have to play the police with the customers and that they are the ones that have to pay for clients ‘ recalcitrant, now there’s another measure that our members will implement.” Mr. Darveau has more the shilly-shallying of the public Health in the file of the mask. “I have a local hardware store in Montreal, a member of our association, who had been crucified in the public square because he had surgical masks for their employees while there was a shortage. We even encouraged our members to donate their masks at the health staff to try to alleviate the shortage. With what we know today, it would have been necessary that you can keep it?”
Richard Darveau indicated that the members of the AQMAT have at heart the health and safety of their employees. The question is not there, according to him. “It is always two weights and two measures, he argued. It is just that we do not know on which foot to dance. I also have a thought for all the traders who, thinking to do well, have spent thousands of dollars to do make masks for their employees, and who are told by the CNESST that these masks are not compliant.”
Richard Darveau indicated that it will ensure that its approximately 1000 members are informed of these new guidelines. Meanwhile, sources confirm to us that the chains of hardware stores, such as BMR are in talks with the ministry of Health to ensure that the rules concerning the wearing of the mask for the employees to be relaxed.
Details of the CNESST
In a written statement sent in the early evening, the spokesperson of the CNESST said that the “announcement on the port of the cover face in indoor public places closed does not change the guidelines for the workplace and for the workers and the workers concerning the wearing of personal protective equipment, including the mask of procedure.”
“In the workplace, what are the guidelines of the CNESST and public health, which continue to apply to protect workers. Thus, when the principles of distance physics cannot be respected, a mask procedure, and eye protection (goggles or a visor covering the face up to the chin) are provided by the employer to the staff that performs a task needing to be within 2 meters of another person, and in the absence of physical barriers,” added Maxime Boucher.