Health & Safety Policy
Safety is Everything
Safety is Everything
What is COVID-19 (coronavirus)?
- Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses. Some cause illness in people and others cause illness in animals. Human coronaviruses are common and are typically associated with mild illnesses, similar to the common cold.
How does COVID-19 spread?
- Human coronaviruses cause infections of the nose, throat and lungs. They are most commonly spread from an infected person through:
- respiratory droplets generated when you cough or sneeze
- close, prolonged personal contact, such as touching or shaking hands
- touching something with the virus on it, then touching your mouth, nose or eyes before washing your hands
- Current evidence suggests person-to-person spread is efficient when there is close contact.
What are the symptoms of COVID-19?
- Those who are infected with COVID-19 may have little to no symptoms. You may not know you have symptoms of COVID-19 because they are similar to the common cold or flu
- Symptoms may take up to 14 days to appear after exposure to COVID-19. This is the longest known infectious period for this virus. While experts believe the virus can be transmitted to others if someone is not showing symptoms, it is considered to be rare
- Symptoms have included:
- Shortness of breath or trouble breathing
- Sore throat or painful swallowing
- Severe fatigue
- Loss of sense of smell
- New onset of muscle aches or headaches
- In severe cases, infection can lead to death.
Who is at risk of developing severe symptoms?
- There is an increased risk of more severe outcomes for workers:
- aged 65 and over
- with compromised immune systems
- with underlying medical conditions.
What precautions do I need to take?
- Follow Mott’s COVID-19 Safe Work Practice (available in S-Drive Folder 16.2 and SiteDocs)
- If you have even mild symptoms, stay home and dial 811. If you have non-clinical related questions (i.e. what’s happening with schools, financial support for British Columbians, etc.), please call 1-800-COVID-19, or text 604-630-0300.
What is the COVID-19 Self Declaration Form?
- The Self-Declaration Form is meant to document illness or possible exposure to COVID-19 and is required in order to safeguard the health and safety of Mott employees and restrict the outbreak in the Mott community and the general public
- If an employee answers ‘yes’ to any of the questions presented on the Form, they are required to immediately notify their Supervisor and follow self-isolation instructions as outlined in Mott’s COVID-19 Policy.
What information should I expect to see at my jobsite about managing COVID-19?
- You will be provided information on topics such as:
- COVID-19 symptoms, and a reminder to not enter the workplace if you exhibit any of them
- Occupancy limits in common areas and specific work areas to ensure appropriate physical distancing (lunch rooms, washrooms, elevators, etc.)
- How specific tasks in your workplace have been changed to prevent the potential spread of COVID-19
- Hygiene (e.g., washing hands, coughing or sneezing into your sleeves).
Should I expect training on any new work practices?
- Yes. You will be informed of and trained in specific activities and tasks that have been altered as part of Mott’s COVID-19 Safe Work Practices. For example, you will be made aware of limits on the number of people in certain areas of the workplace, and of expectations around disinfecting common areas and equipment.
Do I have to maintain 2 meters of distance from my co-workers all the time?
- Yes, as much as possible
- Your workplace and the activities you regularly undertake have been rearranged as much as possible to maintain physical distancing of 2 metres (either by spacing, or indicating occupancy limits)
- However, even with all the workplace rearrangements there may still be a few tasks where you may need to be in close proximity to another worker. If these infrequent tasks are short they represent a low risk of potential transmission and will be controlled using Administrative Controls and Personal Protective Equipment.
What are the expectations for handwashing for workers?
- Frequent handwashing must be done throughout the workday, especially:
- Before arriving at work
- Before and after going on a break (especially if using common break rooms)
- After handling delivery documents, packages, boxes, bags
- As you leave work
- You will see new signage around the worksite about the handwashing expectations.
What should I expect for cleaning / disinfecting of common worker areas and shared surfaces, equipment, and tools?
- The General Contractor will ensure that commonly touched surfaces, such as light switches, door handles, buttons, etc., are cleaned and disinfected at the jobsite regularly
- Each individual is responsible for immediately disinfecting shared equipment after use (e.g., steering wheels, levers, handles, and other touched surfaces on vehicles, forklifts, carts, step ladders, etc.)
- Office staff are required to disinfect their own workspace at the beginning and end of their shifts
- All workers are required to review the Safety Data Sheet (SDS) of the disinfectant product(s) used at their particular site so that they are aware of the hazards and precautions associated with the product(s).
Do I need to wear a mask at work?
- The use of a mask or cloth face covering is only required during tasks that involve working within 2m (6 ft) of another person
- Protocols that offer higher levels of protection (e.g. handwashing, maintaining physical distance, safe work practises, etc.) must be followed first. PPE is the last line of defense.
If I feel sick should I go to work?
- No. Any worker exhibiting flu-like symptoms (listed in Mott’s Covid-19 Policy) must stay at home and self-isolate for at least ten days from the onset of symptoms.
If someone begins to feel ill while at work and displays possible COVID-19 symptoms what should I do?
- Report to your direct supervisor/manager that you are concerned about the spread of COVID-19 in the workplace and that you believe that an individual is displaying symptoms
- Your supervisor will investigate and if the worker is displaying symptoms, they will be sent home and asked who they have been working closely with, what areas of the workplace they’ve been in, and what equipment they used. Mott will send any identified close contacts home and ensure the areas where the individual was working and any equipment or tools used get cleaned and disinfected.
If one of my co-workers felt sick and is now at home, when is it safe for them to return to work?
- Any worker who exhibits possible symptoms of COVID-19 and was sent home will need to follow the self-isolation instructions covered in Mott’s COVID-19 Policy. The Policy was created based on recommendations issued by WorkSafeBC, the BCCSA and the provincial health authorities.
How will the employer ensure that only healthy workers will be on site?
- All workers on site have been made aware of COVID-19 symptoms, and that anyone with these symptoms are not allowed in the workplace. Workers are also required to complete a Returning to Work Health Questionnaire and Daily Self-Declarations (please see the COVID-19 policy for details) prior to arriving to the jobsite
- Workers have a responsibility / duty to report and self-isolate if they are feeling unwell, in order to protect the health and well-being of others.
What should I do if I have COVID-19 or I am exhibiting similar symptoms?
- If you are sick:
- immediately notify your Direct Manager, DO NOT enter any Mott Electric jobsite and contact your healthcare provider (or dial 811 for assistance). In addition, you must self-isolate for 14 days and monitor yourself for symptoms. If you develop symptoms, you must continue to self-isolate for an additional 10 days after the onset of symptoms. For example, if you start exhibiting symptoms on day 7 of self-isolation, you must remain isolated for a minimum of 17 days total.
If I test negative for COVID-19, can I return to the jobsite?
- Even after a negative COVID-19 test, there are still self-isolation requirements for
- those with symptoms. Continue to isolate for at least 10 days after the onset of symptoms. If your symptoms worsen, contact your health care provider or call 8-1-1 and do not enter the workplace
- those exposed to a case of COVID-19. Continue to self-isolate for 14 days from your last contact with a case of COVID-19. If you develop symptoms, continue to self-isolate for at least 10 days from when your symptoms started OR 14 days from when you started self-isolating, whichever is longer. If your symptoms worsen, contact your health care provider or call 8-1-1.
- international travellers returning to Canada. You must continue to isolate for 14 days from the day you landed back in Canada. If you develop symptoms, you must continue to self-isolate for at least 10 days from when your symptoms started OR 14 days from when you started self-isolating, whichever is longer. If your symptoms worsen, contact your health care provider or call 8-1-1.
The following list includes all formal documentation and actions taken by Mott Electric to date during the Covid-19 pandemic:
- Mott Electric Safety News Letter February 2020 – Sent on February 14
- Excerpt titled Coronavirus Precautions
- COVID Communication Company Wide #1 – Sent on March 11
- COVID Communication Company Wide # 2 – Sent on March 13
- COVID General Policy and Safe Work Practice – Sent on March 16
- COVID Fit for Work Employee Waiver – Sent on March 17
- Mott Office Staff – Remote Work Trial Day – Sent on March 16
- COVID Communication Company Wide #3 – Sent on March 20
- COVID Tab under Safety on Website
- Communication Updates
- Text COVID to 604-522-5757 for direct link for current information
- Daily Pandemic Management Meeting – Ongoing Since March 11
- All Field Leadership had formal conference calls with upper management to ensure employees health and wellness and company expectations aligned – Week of March 16 to 20
- All Office Employees eligible to work remotely long term – Sent on March 18
- Mott Electric Safety News Letter March 2020 – Sent on March 27
- Mott Electric Safety News Letter April 2020 – Sent on April 24
- COVID Office Re-opening Orientation & Quiz – Sent on May 15
- COVID Daily Texting Requirement & Signage for Mott Office Staff – Sent on May 22.
- Call 1-888-COVID19 for non-medical information on the virus covering everything from travel recommendations to social distancing.