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Covid-19 Exposure Control Plan R8


SARS-CoV-2 Exposure Control Plan R8

Date: April 11, 2021

*This document is current to the most recent Canadian Public Health Office Orders – May 7, 2021.  No revision required; orders do not apply to workplace/scope.*

 

SYNOPSIS

This document presents the Health, Safety and Environmental Management Processes for Daudet Creek Contracting Ltd. exposure control measures to prevent the transmission of the infectious agent SARS-CoV-2; responsible for the outbreak of COVID-19.

 

 

Daudet Creek Contracting Ltd. (DCCL)  is committed to providing a safe and healthy workplace for employees, contractors, and visitors to our sites.  A combination of measures will be used to minimize staff, and contractor exposure to SARS – CoV – 2 the infectious agent responsible for the outbreaks of Covid-19.  Our safe work procedures and instructions are in place not only for our staff but also for all workers who enter our facilities. All staff must follow the procedures or instructions outlined in this plan to minimize risk of exposure to Covid-19. 

What is Covid-19:

COVID-19 is a new disease that has not been previously diagnosed in humans.  The Covid-19 virus comes from a large family of viruses called coronaviruses. They can cause illness ranging from the common cold to more severe diseases.  Coronaviruses are zoonotic, meaning they are transmitted between animals and people. 

Note: This Exposure control plan (ECP) has been developed based on current information provided by the BC Centre for Disease Control. 

Transmission

COVID 19 is transmitted by large droplets which may be generated when an infected person cough’s or

sneezes. Droplets travel a short distance through the air (less than 2 meters) and can be deposited on

inanimate surfaces or in the eyes, nose, or mouth.

Scenarios with an increased risk include a person who has:

  • Close contact (within 2 metres) with a COVID-19 case experiencing respiratory symptoms (e.g., sneezing, coughing) is at risk of being exposed to potentially infective respiratory droplets.
  • Direct physical contact (e.g., touching contaminated skin/hands) with a person with COVID-19 is at risk of infection, via the transfer of the virus.
  • Contact with an inanimate object, such as contaminated surfaces and objects, which can serve as the vehicle for transmission of COVID-19 viruses, is at risk of infection. This includes contamination Biological fluids or waste- follow DCCL Bloodborne Pathogen ECP for management.
  • A low risk of contracting COVID-19 from exposure to feces has been established. Workplaces that have identified a risk of exposure to feces will follow the controls in their blood and bodily fluids exposure control plan to reduce likelihood of contracting the disease.

 

Signs and Symptoms of COVID-19:

Common symptoms:

  • Sneezing
  • Dry cough
  • Fever
  • Headaches
  • Nausea

Some people may also experience:

  • Aches and pains
  • Nasal congestion
  • Runny nose
  • Sore throat
  • Diarrhoea

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Exposure Control Plan Responsibilities

Employer

DCCL will:

  • Ensure that a copy of the exposure control plan implemented, maintained and available to workers.
  • Enforce provincial orders where applicable.
  • Select, implement, and document the risk assessment and appropriate site-specific control measures.
  • Identify the maximum occupancy of office and workspaces, and post at each entry way.
  • Make every effort to reduce gatherings and group meetings; all toolboxes and safety meetings must be conducted in smaller groups.  i.e., Shop crew will hold their own meeting in the shop bay; Rio Tinto crews will hold their morning meetings at the site trailer located on Rio Tinto plant site; adequate non-medical face masks are mandatory at all indoor toolbox meetings.
  • Maintain increased cleaning sanitizing schedules for all high touch surfaces and common areas at the shop and main office between shifts.
  • Ensure that all resources (information, authorization administrative changes, technology, training, human resources) and materials (personal protective equipment, equipment, cleaning and disinfecting products and systems) required to implement and maintain the plan are reasonably made available as practical when required.
  • Ensure that supervisors and workers are informed about the content of this plan.
  • Conduct a periodic review of the plan’s effectiveness and, whenever the PHO issues an order.  This includes a review of the available control technologies to ensure that these are selected and used when practical.
  • Maintain records of training and inspections.
  • Participate and comply with any/all WSBC workplace inspections and orders in regard to clusters, outbreaks, and transmissions of SARS-COV 2 within the workplace or, within part of the workplace.

Supervisors

Supervisors will:

  • Ensure that workers are adequately instructed on the controls for the hazards at the location.
  • Ensure that workers use proper PPE as outlined in this plan and any training has been completed and the results are recorded.
  • Direct work in a manner that eliminates or minimizes the risk to workers.

Workers

Workers and onsite Contractors will:

  • Know the hazards of workplace.
  • Follow established work procedures and instructions as directed by the employer or supervisor.
  • Appropriately use and maintain any required PPE as instructed and trained.
  • Report any unsafe conditions or acts to the supervisor.
  • Know how and when to report exposure incidents.

Risk identification and assessment

Two (2) primary routes of transmission are anticipated for pandemic influenza COVID-19, each of which need to be controlled. These include contact, and droplet transmission.

 

Contact transmission, both direct and indirect

  • Direct contact happens when a healthy person respirates the virus or the virus contacts their mucosa.
  • Indirect contact involves a worker touching a contaminated intermediate object such as a table, doorknob, telephone, or computer keyboard, and then touching the eyes, nose, or mouth. Contact transmission is important to consider because viruses can persist on hands and on surfaces. At this time, it is believed that the virus can last up to 14 days.

Droplet transmission: Large droplets may be generated when an infected person coughs or sneezes, and during certain medical procedures such as cough induction. Droplets travel a short distance through the air and can be deposited on inanimate surfaces or in the eyes, nose, or mouth.

Airborne transmission: Currently, BCCDC does not believe airborne transmission to be a route of transmission, as the droplets are too large to remain airborne beyond the two (2) meters from point of origin.

Role

Low Risk

Workers who typically

have no contact with

people infected with

pandemic influenza

Moderate Risk

Workers who may be exposed to infected people from time to

time in relatively large, well ventilated workspaces

High Risk

Workers who may have contact with infected patients or with infected people in small, poorly ventilated

workspaces

OFA

 

 

x

Office staff

 

x

 

Shop Staff

 

x

 

Equipment Operators

x

 

 

Drivers’

x

 

 

Labourers

 

x

 

Scale shack attendants

 

x

 

Ride Sharing

 

x

 

Required control measures based upon risk levels:

Control

Low risk Workers who typically have no contact with people infected with pandemic influenza

Moderate risk Workers who may be exposed to infected people from time to time in relatively large, well ventilated workspaces

High risk Workers who may have contact with infected patients or with infected people in small, poorly ventilated workspaces,, including cleaners

Hand hygiene

Yes (washing with soap and water, using an alcohol-based hand rub, or using hand wipes that contain effective disinfectant)

Disposable gloves

Not required

Not required

Required

Aprons, gowns, or similar body protection

Not required

Not required

Required

Eye protection — goggles or face shield

Not required

Required

Required

Respiratory protection

Required

Required

Required

Risk control:

These control measures should be applied progressively as risk increases. Example: control measures for a high risk of exposure would include all low and moderate risk of exposure control too.

The BC Public Health Officer has mandated the use of face masks in all public areas; this includes common areas within business offices and shared workspaces. 

Engineering:

Low risk of exposure (An office with few visitors):

  • Provide dispensers of alcohol-based hand sanitizers at entrances to and exits from the workplace or soap and water if readily available.
  • Cleaning of personal workspace by the employee using regular household cleaners. Ensure handwashing or use of hand sanitizer after cleaning of workspace or use disposable gloves while cleaning.

Moderate risk of exposure (project workers with some or little exposure to the public and other contractors):

  • Ensure a distance (ideally two metres) between a visitor and an employee
  • Cleaning of common area and frequently touched surfaces with household cleaners or disinfectant.
  • Safety eye wear must be worn.
  • Use disposable gloves or ensure handwashing / use of hand sanitizer after cleaning of common surfaces.
  • Offer workers face masks if requested – worker must be trained in the proper use of face masks.

High risk of exposure (First Aid Attendant):

OFA Attendants will not be expected to administer first aid on anyone suspected of having COvid-19.

Cleaning Guidance:

The BC CDC says that regular household cleaning products are effective against most viruses, and you can also use 1-part bleach to 9 parts water as an effective disinfectant. Be sure to read the instruction on the cleaners before use. Some cleaners, such as bleach solutions, will require the uses of gloves and should have good ventilation. Always wash hands or use hand sanitizer after cleaning.

Administrative Controls:

Standard Precautions for COVID-19 in the Workplace are a group of infection-prevention practices that applies to all workers, regardless of suspected or confirmed.

Precautions for COVID-19 or any flu like illness include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Stay home when sick.
  • Mandatory: face mask must be worn in all common areas or shared workspaces.  When dealing with the public or deliveries, when working within 2 metres of another worker cannot be prevented.
  • Wash your hands when arriving at your work area and when you leave a work area, and often throughout the day. If soap and water are not available, use waterless hand towelettes and/or alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Follow cough/sneeze etiquette; a combination of measures that minimizes the transmission of diseases via droplet or airborne routes. Cough/sneeze etiquette includes the following components:
  • Educate workers in control measures, including hand washing and non-medical face mask use
  • Post signs prominently to instruct Cough and Sneeze Etiquette (see linked posters below)
  • 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
  • Do not shake hands, use an elbow bump instead.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Avoid ridesharing wherever possible; if ridesharing cannot be avoided, stagger seating  to maintain workplace distancing and use non-medical face masks
  • Clean and disinfect shared equipment and tools between use – document equipment cleaning using Fleetios’ post trip disinfection tool.
  • Post Covid-19 information prominently throughout the workplace.
  • DCCL Senior Management and their employees shall comply with all client Covi-19 protocols for site access, including travel management protocols (where applicable).

Training Location:

Peer to peer

Training Date:

 

Facilitator:

Tanya Nyakas

Position:

HSE mgr.

Safety Hazard Alert:

Use of Face Masks: it is mandatory that face masks be worn in all common or shared spaces at our work sites.  This includes the Main office, lobby and hallways.  Inside the entire shop except for the bathrooms.  Additionally, gaiters are no longer compliant as a face mask since the enforcement of mandatory masks.  Moving forward all workers are required to wear a non-medical face mask with a double layer.  Daudet is providing two masks per worker, at no cost to the worker, we are only providing face masks that comply with regulations. 

Potential Hazards from this type of unsafe condition/act:

  • Transmission of Covid-19 public to worker; surface to worker; worker to worker and worker to family.
  • Potential for outbreaks within the company or community

 

Necessary Precautions:

  • All workers, visitors and deliveries to our sites must wear, at minimum, a double layered, disposable or reusable face mask in all areas mentioned above!

Use of face masks:

  • Face masks must completely cover your nose and mouth, wearing a mask below your nose or chin can increase your risk of exposure.
  • Keep your mask clean and dry; when face masks get wet, they are less effective in preventing the spread of the virus.
  • Change masks as necessary, DCCL is providing 2 per worker, if you find that you need additional masks you MUST advise the safety team. 
  • To clean reusable face masks; wash on the warmest setting and hang to dry and store in a clean and dry place to prevent contamination.  YOU CANNOT WASH DISPOSABLE MASKS FOR RE-USE!
  • Continue to practice good hygiene even if you are wearing a mask:
  1. Wash your hands before and after putting on your mask, and re-adjusting
  2. Do not remove your masks to cough or sneeze
  3. Do not play with your mask then touch your T-Zone
  4. Never share your mask with anyone else!

By signing below, I agree to implementing the necessary precautions as discussed with the companies safety representative. 

Worker

 

 

 

Safety

Tanya Nyakas

 

 



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