Health & Safety Policy
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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.
COVID-19 is a new disease that has not been previously identified in humans. Rarely, animal coronaviruses can infect people, and more rarely, these can then spread from person to person through close contact.
There have been 2 other specific coronaviruses that have spread from animals to humans and which have caused severe illness in humans. These are the:
- Severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus (SARS CoV)
- Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS CoV).
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:
- difficulty breathing
- pneumonia in both lungs.
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.
- Follow Mott’s COVID-19 Safe Work Practice
- It is important for anyone who has travelled outside Canada in the last 14 days (as of March 12, 2020) to:
- Self-isolate for 14 days to monitor for symptoms of COVID-19 (fever, cough or difficulty breathing)
- wash your hands often for at least 20 seconds
- cough or sneeze into a tissue or the bend of your arm, not your hand.
- 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.
- the date they returned to Canada (as of March 12, 2020),
- the last date of contact with a person diagnosed with, or suspected of being infected by COVID-19, or
- the date they first started experiencing symptoms.
- If you are apprehensive about COVID-19 in the workplace, please let your Supervisor know and contact your Manager, to discuss your options of being laid off and collecting EI.
- If your worksite shuts down due to COVID-19 concerns, you will be issued a ROE (medical leave) by your Foreman and you can apply for EI. You do not need to wait for any processing for EI and should start the process immediately after you have been issued a ROE.
- Your Mott Electric paychecks will be mailed to you and your ROE will be available online.
- A Company letter will be with the cheque in the event this lasts for more than 2 weeks EI may need to be updated from Illness to shortage of work
- Once Mott Electric projects are back up and running, you will be contacted to return to work.
- If you are sick, reduce contact with others by:
- staying at home and self-isolating (unless directed to seek medical care). If you must leave your home, wear a mask or cover your mouth and nose with tissues, and maintain a 2-metre distance from others
- avoiding individuals in hospitals and long-term care centres, especially older adults and those with chronic conditions or compromised immune systems
- avoiding having visitors to your home
- covering your mouth and nose with your arm when coughing and sneezing
- having supplies delivered to your home instead of running errands. Supplies should be dropped off outside to ensure a 2-metre distance.
- If you are a healthy individual, the use of a mask is not recommended for preventing the spread of COVID-19.
- Call 1-888-COVID19 for non-medical information on the virus covering everything from travel recommendations to social distancing.