The Commission des normes, de l'équité, de la santé et de la sécurité du travail (CNESST) and the Quebec government announced that face masks may be removed at outdoor worksites during periods of extreme heat.
In a recent announcement made by Quebec labour minister Jean Boulet, the CNESST and public health authorities came to the decision as working in extreme heat with masks can be challenging for outdoor workers. This rule is temporary (for the time being) and will be accepted even in times when physical distancing is not possible.
This new rule will only be applied when an extreme heat wave warning is issued by Environment Canada (degrees reaching above 30 degrees celsius). Once the temperatures go below 30 degrees, it is mandatory that masks must be worn.
According to the Montreal Gazette, “Monday’s announcement does not apply to the wearing of protective masks for reasons other than COVID-19, such as the handling of asbestos or silica. The usage of this equipment remains mandatory.”
For more information on COVID-19 rules and regulations, visit the Quebec government’s website here.