Health and Safety Bulletin COVID-19

As many of you are aware by now the World Health Organization (WHO) has declared COVID-19 a pandemic, and both the Government of British Columbia and the Government of Canada have issued responses on recommended precautions for Canadians for the following weeks, including limiting travel and enacting quarantines for the recently arrived, canceling events and gatherings, and practicing social distancing.

The BC Road Builders fully support the recommendations being promoted and implemented by both the Government of British Columbia and the Government of Canada, and we are closely monitoring developments and recommendations around COVID-19.

Latest Updates and Precautions

If you are abroad, the Government of Canada is urging residents to return home.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced that Canada would deny entry to people who are not Canadian citizens or permanent residents. Land borders are temporarily restricting all non-essential travel across its borders.

Beginning Wednesday, March 18th, 2020, only four airports would be permitted to accept international flights: Toronto, Montreal, Vancouver, and Calgary. Domestic flights and those coming from the U.S., Mexico and the Caribbean will not be affected. Flights relating to commerce and trade will not be affected either. Airlines are required to not admit symptomatic individuals on the plane, and there will be financial help to Canadians stuck abroad.

Health officials are also now banning all gatherings of more than 50 people, and all scheduled and elective surgeries will be postponed in an effort to free up hospital beds.

You can find the latest updates on the number of cases in BC here.

The most important measures to prevent transmission of COVID-19 include:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, using soap and water is the single most effective way of reducing the spread of infection.

  • If a sink is not available, alcohol-based hand rubs (ABHR) can be used to clean your hands as long as they are not visibly soiled. If they are visibly soiled, use a wipe and then ABHR to effectively clean them

  • Do not touch your face, eyes, nose or mouth

  • Cover your mouth and nose with a disposable tissue or the crease of your elbow when you sneeze or cough

  • Regularly clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces (i.e. keyboards, phones, door handles, mouse etc)

  • Do not share food, drinks, utensils, etc.

  • If you are feeling unwell, please stay at home

 

Information on COVID-19 from health and government agencies.

Provincial Guidance to Construction Sites Operating During COVID-19

COVID-19 BC Support App and Self Assessment Tool

• Vancouver Coastal Health – Information on Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19)

• HealthLink BC – Coronavirus (COVID-19) information page

• B.C. Centre for Disease Control – Novel coronavirus (COVID-19)

• B.C. Government – Coronavirus (COVID-19)

• Government of Canada – Coronavirus disease (COVID-19): Outbreak update

• World Health Organization – Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak

WorkSafeBC COVID-19 Information and Resources

WorkSafeBC: Preventing exposure to COVID-19 in the workplace: a guide for employers

Even with this recent update, we want to reassure all workers that the threat to all British Columbians still remains low. We encourage our members to take necessary precautions within their workplaces.

Our members’ safety is, and will always be our number one priority and all measures that are implemented are preventative. While the risk remains low for the general public, an increased risk is still posed on those Canadians age 65 and over, with compromised immune systems or with underlying medical conditions. We want to ensure that all our members and their employees are taking the proper precautions to protect ourselves and those around us.

Other Resources

Canadian Construction Association COVID-19 Standardized Protocols for All Canadian Construction Sites

BC Road Builders & Heavy Construction Association Covid-19 Strategy

BC Construction Safety Association COVID-19 Guidelines

BC Economic Development Association – COVID-19 Resources for Businesses

Canadian Construction Association Letter to Prime Minister Trudeau