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Masks and Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

Wearing a mask or face covering helps prevent transmission, and is an important step we can all take to minimize the risk of transmission within our community. At present, the law requires that: 

  • A mask or face covering must be worn by every person at all times while indoors in a manner that covers their mouth, nose, and chin.
  • Ryerson faculty and staff may remove their masks or face coverings when they are working in areas not open to the public provided they are able to maintain a physical distance of at least two metres from every other person.

Please note Ryerson University is currently in the process of updating its Face Mask Policy to reflect these current legal requirements.

The following individuals are exempt from the mask or face covering requirement: 

  • children under two years of age; 
  • persons with an underlying medical condition which inhibits their ability to wear a mask or face covering; 
  • persons who are unable to place or remove a mask or face covering without assistance; and 
  • persons who are reasonably accommodated by not wearing a mask or face covering in accordance with the Ontario Human Rights Code or the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005.

Proof of exemption for any of these circumstances will not be required.

You may also temporarily remove a mask or face covering to receive services that require the removal of the mask or face covering, to engage in an athletic or fitness activity, to consume food or drink, or as may be necessary for the purposes of health and safety.

If you are on campus and require the use of a disposable mask, please contact the FMD Help Desk.

Please note that some leased spaces have their own requirements for mask-use. Please  confirm any building-specific requirements with your leaders prior to visiting leased spaces. 

User instructions for non-medical masks and face coverings

Infographic on user instructions for non-medical masks and face coverings. Long description below.

Step 1: Wash your hands (or use hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol) before putting on the face covering. Step 2: Keep your hair away from your face. Step 3: Place the face covering over your nose and mouth snugly and secure it under your chin. Step 4: While wearing, avoid touching the mask or the face covering. Step 5: Remove the face covering by removing the loops from your ears or straps from behind your head without touching the mask or the outside of the face covering. Step 6: Discard disposable masks in lined garbage bins. Cloth masks may be stored in a plastic bag (if dry) or paper bag (if damp from moisture build up) until you can wash it. Step 7: Wash your hands or use hand sanitizer after removing a mask or face covering.

Proper Use of a Cloth Face Mask, external link

  • Note: The use of cloth face masks may not be suitable in certain environments (i.e. flammable processes using chemicals or pyrophorics). In these instances, non-medical masks with a higher flammability resistance should be used.

As you might be aware, there is a wide variety of masks with different levels of effectiveness. Please make sure to review current recommendations and best practices in mask use from public health authorities as guidelines are evolving.

For more information,please review the following Toronto Public Health information:

PDF fileUse of Cloth Masks or Face Covering Fact Sheet, external link

COVID 19: Mandatory Mask or Face Covering Bylaw, external link

How will Ryerson determine which positions require additional PPE?

There are some essential positions and activities at the university where physical distancing is difficult to maintain or other controls cannot be implemented, Ryerson will provide employees working in these environments with additional PPE.

Ryerson is prioritizing positions where physical distancing is challenging or not possible. Examples of environments or activities where these conditions may exist include, but are not limited to: 

  • cleaning and disinfecting
  • the use of shared equipment which require more than one operator
  • broad exposure to people (e.g. serving food, security personnel) 
  • those working in the medical centre

Consult with your leader if you have concerns about your ability to practice physical distancing in your work, or you think there is potential risk to completing your work in a safe manner. Leaders should contact Facilities Management and Development for further advice about department-specific PPE assessment and procurement.