UPDATED April 6, 2020
COVID-19 Policy & Guidelines
With the complex concerns around COVID-19 we wanted to give you an update on the actions
we are taking to support our employees, clients, subcontractors, and colleagues.
As of April 4th, 2020 our business is still continuing as an essential service until further notice is given by the provincial government. As such, we have been mandated by the Ministry of
Labour to ensure we are taking all measures to protect our workers from the spread and
infection of this virus on our worksites. We have communicated and adapted the following
practices on all sites:
UPDATED: April 06, 2020
In order to ensure adequate social distancing at the CanMar head office, the following rules have been implemented immediately:
1. Staggered Office Schedules:
Only three (3) staff members are permitted to work in each of the offices spaces at one time (upper and lower), totaling a maximum capacity of 6 staff members in the office spaces.
The Shop is only permitted to have three (3) staff members per shift. A two (2) meter distance must be maintained by all at all time.
Visitors must first seek management approval prior to entering the Can Mar head office. All unannounced visitors will be sent away immediately. Only one (1) visitor is permitted in each of the three work areas at one time (upper office, lower office, and shop). Visitors must call the main office (416) 674-8791 or a staff member directly to receive an appointment.
On-Site Best Practices
1. Personal Hygiene:
Everyone can take individual steps to prevent the spread
of COVID-19. Personal hygiene tips
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands
- Cough and sneeze into your elbow or a tissue and wash your hands immediately afterwards
- Avoid commonly touched areas including handrails, public transit poles
- Open doors and touch elevator buttons with gloves, the back of your hand, or other body part
- Wash your clothes as soon as you get home
- Notify your supervisor immediately if you are sick and contact public health.
2. Illness Reporting:
The symptoms of COVID-19 are shared with many other
illnesses including the cold and flu. At this time, it is recommended that any worker who is experiencing any symptoms should
be sent home. In addition, Employer should advise all workers experiencing symptoms to contact public health. Public Health is
the leading authority for all issues related to COVID-19 and only they can provide detailed instructions to employees and
employers. PLEASE NOTE additional resources, policies, and procedures are being developed to provide additional support in this
Communication is key, and a clear understanding of roles and
responsibilities will be key. Everyone will need ensure health and safety policies are updated and posted for all employees to
see. Use industry resources including those produced by the IHSA will improve on site understanding.
All employees need to have COVID-19 policies that are posted and
communicated with to all employees and contractors/trades. This includes how the site will operate including but not limited to
the sanitization of sites, how employees and contractors report illnesses, how to ensure social distancing, and how work will
5. Social Distancing:
As outlined in several government announcements Social
Distancing is required to control the spread of COVID-19. In order to ensure social distancing on site, Supervisors and
Management should consider the
- Staggered Start times
- Staggered breaks
- Staggered lunches
- Total number of people on-site and where they are assigned to work
- Site movement (potential pinch points including hoists and site trailers)
6. On-site Sanitation:
As outlined in several government documents, on-site
sanitation is paramount. All employers have an obligation to increase the sanitization of sites. Areas of focus should include:
- Access to soap and water (ways to properly sanitize hands)
- Washroom facilities
- Commonly touched surfaces or areas (hoists / site-trailers / door handles/ equipment or residential units)
- Limit unnecessary on-site contact between workers and between workers and outside service
providers. (i.e.: remove coffee trucks from site)
7. Track and Monitor your workforce.
Do the latency period of COVID-19, it is
important to track when workers report an
illness as well as where they have worked. In the case of a positive test at CanMar Contracting, Public Health will ask
Employers to provide information on where an Employee worked as well as the contact information of anyone who may have been
exposed. The better CanMar tracks information, the better Public Health can respond. The Supervisors must reports illnesses on
their projects to Management.
All sub-contractors that are on our sites will be required to follow these best practices. We also ask that any sub-contractor
employee that has symptoms related to COVID-19 (Fever, Sore throat, Cough, Difficulty Breathing, etc.) to please not attend our
jobsites. These individuals should be self-isolating at home, as directed by Ontario public health.
We are also offering the option for our workers to stay home, if they feel uncomfortable
coming to work. We understand that some elements of our work can't be done remotely and
our office will remain open to allow that work to continue. All face-to-face meetings at
our offices will be rescheduled to accommodate phone or video conferencing. Essential
face-to-face meetings outside our offices can be accommodated but phone or video
conferencing is strongly preferred.
We've taken additional precautions to keep our employees safe, including extensive
cleaning and sanitizing in each of our locations, while they remain operational.
To get through this pandemic, we need to come together, be kind and caring, and continue
doing our part to keep each other safe and healthy. We are deeply grateful to the public
health organizations and frontline workers. We hope that you, your families, and
colleagues remain safe and healthy. Thank you for your continued patience and support as
we all work through this unprecedented situation together.
If you have any questions or concerns related to the steps we are taking, or the continued
provisions of our services, please do not hesitate to contact CanMar. If there is anything
we can do to assist you in meeting the obligations to our employees or clients, please let