COVID-19 Prevention Policy


With COVID-19 becoming a new normal we have put into practice preventative measures as to alleviate concerns and ensure our workplace remains a low-risk area for the contraction of the COVID-19 virus.

Preventative measures:

All employees are encouraged (both in the workplace and in general) to:
  • Wash their hands frequently (minimum 20 seconds with soap and water) and, when hand washing isn’t feasible, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Refrain from touching your face
  • Limit touching other people (handshakes, high-fives, etc.)
  • Maintain a distance of at least 6 feet (2 meters) from anyone whenever possible
  • Sneeze or cough into your elbow or a tissue and immediately dispose of the tissue and wash or sanitize your hands
  • Clean surfaces that people touch often (doorknobs, light switches, payment machines, printer buttons, plexiglass barriers)
  • Stay home if you have symptoms of the illness even if they are mild

In addition to the above measures, WD Sheetmetal and its divisions will also be implementing the following procedures:
  • Daily Worker Health Checks:
    • Every worker will be required to perform a daily health check (form WD-040) and confirm with their immediate supervisor that they can answer no to all 4 questions on the health check. Confirmations can be made by signing and presenting form WD-040, verbally confirming via telephone, or texting “NO COVID” to your supervisor
    • Any employee who answers yes to one or more questions on the health check will not be permitted in the workplace or on any worksite
    • Any employee answering yes to the first question (regarding symptoms) on the health check will not be permitted to return to active work until they have received a negative-result COVID-19 test and all symptoms have disappeared or 14 days have passed from the onset of symptoms and all symptoms have dissipated
    • Any employee answering yes to any of the last three questions on the health check will not be permitted to return to active work until 14 days have passed
  • Physical Distancing:
    • Whenever possible, all employees, customers, and visitors will maintain a physical distance of 6 feet (2 meters)
    • Occupancy limits of all buildings and rooms will be maintained at all times
    • Employee breaks will be staggered to ensure that sufficient space is available in the lunchroom and occupancy limits are maintained
  • Barriers and Masks:
    • A physical barrier will be installed at reception so that contact with customers and visitors is limited
    • All employees, customers, and visitors will be required to wear a mask in all shared spaces* in the workplace and on worksites unless they are seated and eating or drinking
    • Customers will only be able to access the from reception area
    • Washrooms will be for employee use only
    • WD Sheetmetal will provide face masks to all employees for use in the workplace
  • Cleaning Practices:
    • Surfaces touched immediately before eating or drinking (water cooler, microwave, fridge, etc.), and items used by multiple employees (tools, equipment, etc.) should be wiped with a sanitizer or bleach solution before and after each contact
    • High-touch surfaces (light switches, doorknobs, office equipment) will be wiped with a sanitizer or bleach solution daily
    • Payment machines, pens, and surfaces touched by customers will be wiped with sanitizer or a bleach solution after each customer
  • Signage:
    • Signage will be placed at the workplace, including occupancy limits and effective hygiene practices
    • Signage will be placed at the main entrance indicating who is restricted from entering the premises, including visitors and workers with symptoms
    • Visual cues will be placed on the floor in the front office to ensure physical distancing is properly followed
  • Violence Prevention:
    • As COVID-19 is a contentious issue, implementing policies that are to be followed by customers and visitors can present opportunity for violence to arise
    • If a customer or visitor is not following a policy, ask them politely to comply with the policy
    • If the customer or visitor refuses to comply, state calmly that you will be unable to serve them and they must leave the building
    • If there is a possibility of violence or concern that a threatening situation is arising, leave the area and immediately report the situation to a supervisor
    • In case of a threat being made, leave the area immediately and call 911 to report the incident and notify your supervisor as soon as possible
  • Disciplinary Action:
    • Supervisors will be monitoring adherence to the above procedures and employees not following procedures will, on the first offence, receive a verbal warning; subsequent offenses may be subject to suspension without pay and/or termination
    • Employees will not be penalized for absences as a direct result of COVID-19

* For the purpose of this policy, a shared space will be any place in the workplace or on a worksite which is indoors, where you are not actively working, and where you are not able to expect to maintain a physical distance of 6ft (2m) from any other person
Note: An office or a work bench would not be considered a shared space unless there is another person there; but leaving that space to go to another location, get tools, make copies, etc. is considered to be entering a shared space

Occupancy limits for indoor areas:
 
Front reception (customer area) – 3
Front office (staff only area) – 3
Lunchroom – 4
HVAC office – 3
Striker manager’s office – 5
Administration office – 3
Supply storeroom – 5
Striker Shop – 25


Things may change as new information and protocols come to light. If an employee identifies a new area of concern, or if something is not working, WD Sheetmetal will update policies and procedures, as necessary.

WD Sheetmetal will follow any/all directives from the BCCDC, the Provincial Health Officer, and Health Canada as well as any directives from our customers including, but not limited to, imposing 14-day self isolation for any individual returning to BC from outside of Canada and completing fit-for work questionnaires.