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COVID-19 Safety Protocols

Some of our members are offering virtual car seat checks at this time. Others are looking for direction on how to safely offer in-person support again. Here are the protocols CPSAC has put in place to reduce the risk of transmission for our members and caregivers. Direct questions to [email protected].

Virtual Seat Checks

Members: Log in and access Virtual Seat Check resources here.

COVID-19 Safety Protocols for Car Seat Checks & Clinics

Updated 17-Mar-2022; originally implemented June 26, 2020

These protocols apply to individual car seat check appointments and car seat clinics. COVID-19 safety protocols were originally created in June 2020 to align with guidelines sent to us by CPSAC’s insurance provider with feedback from select members from across the country. These guidelines were revised in March 2022 to align with updated federal and regional guidelines.

REMINDER: Applicable regional, provincial, territorial, and federal health restrictions and requirements must always be followed.

If you are providing CPST services as part of your paid employment and your employer’s safety protocols are in direct conflict with these protocols, please reach out to [email protected].

Risk Assessment: 

If you are in a high-risk category, assess your own risk and determine if offering in-person seat checks is a good choice for you right now in your community.

  • Do not meet if you or the attendees are feeling ill or have otherwise been directed to self-isolate.
  • When physical distancing is not possible, consider wearing a mask. You may choose to ask that caregivers wear a mask.
  • Use hand sanitizer on your hands before, during, and after the appointment, and request that attendees use it as well.
  • Clearly communicate your expectations, your role, and the caregiver’s role.
  • Ask any pre-screening questions as your province or regional health authority requires.
  • Use hand sanitizer on your hands before, during, and after the appointment, and request that attendees use it as well.
  • Wearing a mask continues to be recommended by Health Canada. You can choose to wear a mask, and you can request that caregivers wear one also. Your comfort level may require that all attendees wear masks. Children under age two (2) should not wear a mask.
  • Reduce contact where possible, which might include limiting time in a caregiver’s vehicle. Provide more verbal support and coaching.

If meeting in person is not possible for you at this time, consider supporting the caregiver virtually:

  • Offer a virtual check or a check by phone or video. Find resources to support a Virtual Check in the “toolbox” in the member’s section. You will need to log in to access member resources.