As the world collectively navigates the ever-evolving global impact of the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19), we here at Klondike Contracting are referring to the federal and provincial public health announcements in order to guarantee the safety of our employees, clients and subcontractors.
We are keeping an eye on changing developments but for now, our employees are in the field hard-at-work on our current ongoing construction sites. The BC Provincial Government has published a series of precautions to be followed in order to minimize the risks of transmission and illness on construction sites:
- There should be no more than 50 people in the same space in any circumstances.
- Where possible employees should maintain a distance of 2 metres apart from each other.
- Post signage that limits the number of occupants in any elevator to four people at a time.
- Reduce in‐person meetings and other gatherings and hold site meetings in open spaces or outside.
- Increase the number of handwashing stations and post signage that identifies their location.
- Maintain a list of employees that are currently working on sites and update this list daily.
- All common areas and surfaces should be cleaned at the end of each day. Examples include washrooms, shared offices, common tables, desks, light switches, and door handles.
- Anyone with COVID‐19 like symptoms such as sore throat, fever, sneezing, or coughing must self‐isolate at home for 14 days.
For everyone’s benefit, we are also including these additional preventative measures that people should follow while on-site:
- Look after your overall health and be mindful of your hygiene
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. This should be done whenever you enter the workplace, and at reasonable intervals through the workday, particularly if you handled objects from outside the workplace;
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue or use your elbow/sleeve. Throw any used tissues in the trash.
- Use disinfectant wipes and hand sanitizers regularly (although these are not a substitute for hand washing);
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using cleaning sprays;
- Avoid handshaking – use a fist bump or slight bow
- Use your knuckles or elbows to touch light switches, elevator buttons, etc.
- Open doors with a closed fist or hip if possible
- Avoid visiting sick relatives or friends, if possible. If this is unavoidable, use the above precautions.
Each and every one of us can help slow the spread of the virus if we stick to these precautionary measures!