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, cancelling 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

On May 15, 2020, the BC Government announced that BC is entering Phase 2 of its COVID-19 response.  It will allow some businesses to reopen and for people to increase their social bubble but still required to socially distance in public and recommend wearing a mask when that is not possible.

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
  • If you have to go into public, the CDC recommends wearing a mask if possible as an additional measure to protect those around you

We want to reassure all workers that the threat to all British Columbians 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.

 

Information on COVID-19 from health and government agencies.

WorkSafeBC guidance and protocols to reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission and maintain a safe and healthy workplace.

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

B.C. protecting essential service providers from liability with COVID-19 exposure

Other Resources

BC Construction Safety Association – Office Reopening Guidance

BC Construction Safety Association – Ergonomics – Working from your home office

Protecting Workers at Large Industrial Camps (Ministry of Health Document)

Protecting Workers, Contractors and Employers working in the Natural Resource Sector (Ministry of Health Document)

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

BC Road Builders & Heavy Construction Association Covid-19 Strategy

COVID-19 Signage Solutions

BC Construction Safety Association COVID-19 Guidelines

BC Economic Development Association – COVID-19 Resources for Businesses

Canadian Construction Association Letter to Prime Minister Trudeau