COVID-19 Risk Management Policy
Date Enacted: March 18, 2020 / Date Revised: August 16, 2021 Ver. 9
Senior Management and Safety Coordinator – Longboard Construction Inc.
Longboard Construction Inc. is committed to the safety of our community, employees, clients, and vendors and want to provide assurance that we will strive to maintain business as usual during these times. With a focus on safety and maintaining our clients’ and project partners’ expectations of continued service delivery, our offices will remain open; however, we will continue to take steps to address the current and developing COVID-19 situation.
We are actively following the COVID-19 outbreak and will continue to provide regular updates. As previously stated, Longboard is implementing the following precautionary steps to reduce the impact of this situation as directed by public health authorities and client mitigation requirements:
We continue to monitor all national and global health authorities’ websites, and media outlets to stay vigilant of the fast-changing global impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The response to the COVID-19 virus continues to change on a regular basis. All parties are required to meet current requirements and be adaptable to new initiatives when required.
Isolation & Quarantine Requirements
As of July 29, it is no longer required for close contacts to quarantine for 14 days.
Albertans are still legally required to isolate for 10 days if they have tested positive for COVID or have any core symptoms (ever, cough, shortness of breath, runny nose, sore throat or loss of taste or smell that is new, or un-related to a pre-existing health condition) and have not been tested.
Isolation period is for 10 days from the start of symptoms, or until symptoms resolve, whichever is longer, or until you test negative.
Testing will still be available for Albertans with symptoms at assessment centres. However, asymptomatic testing is no longer recommended, including testing for close contacts of COVID cases. Instead, asymptomatic individuals should monitor for symptoms and isolate and test if they appear.
Mask use is completely optional except in some specific situations:
- Working or visiting any continuing care facility.
- Using public transit, including ride share, taxi and shuttles.
- Private businesses may set their own policies, including requiring individuals to wear masks.
Cough / Sneeze Etiquette
Workers are expected to continue to follow cough/sneeze etiquette, which is a combination of measures that minimizes the transmission of diseases via droplet or airborne routes. Cough/sneeze etiquette includes the following:
- Cover your mouth and nose with a sleeve or tissue when coughing or sneezing.
- Use tissues to contain secretions and dispose of them promptly in a waste container.
- Turn your head away from others when coughing or sneezing.
- Wash hands regularly.
If you are exhibiting core symptoms such as fever, cough, shortness of breath, runny nose, sore throat or loss of taste or smell that is new, or un-related to a pre-existing health condition: Do not come to work. Contact your supervisor to let them know that you are exhibiting symptoms.
Health Verification of Workers & Visitors
The health and well-being of workers and visitors is paramount. To protect workers and visitors and provide a safe and healthy workplace it will continue to be the responsibility of Site Superintendents and Contractor supervisors to be vigilant in monitoring for symptoms of COVID-19, as required by client directed mitigation procedures, this may include daily health questionnaires.
Orientations are especially important as a means of communicating with new workers the current safety precautions and client directed procedures that they must comply with for them to work on our sites.
Provincial Public Health Measures
COVID guidelines and bylaws differ by province. All work carried out in jurisdictions where bylaws are in effect, bylaws shall be observed as applicable to worksite conditions.