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COVID-19 Site Protocol

We're working together to help keep our people, trade partners, and clients safe.

The construction industry already operates with a high-level of safety and discipline, and the specific COVID-19 measures we've put in place are designed to help keep everyone working on our sites as safe as possible.

The measures and controls we've implemented and the close monitoring of each of our job sites, allows us to keep our sites operating safely as long as the government permits us to do so.  Below is an overview of our current COVID-19 site protocol. We've established a task force to continuously improve our protocol and we'll be updating this page frequently to reflect changes.

Mandatory COVID-19 Chandos Site Protocol

  • NEW (2020-05-22) Updated Mask Policy 

    • Masks are mandatory PPE on Chandos sites and in Chandos offices.
    • If maintained physical (social) distancing can be achieved (minimum of 2m between yourself and other people), the worker must wear a disposable mask. Homemade masks may also be used if the worker can ensure cleanliness of the mask and cleaning instructions provided by the Public Health Agency of Canada are followed.
    • If maintained physical (social) distancing is not possible, due to space constraints (i.e. in a staircase, hallway, or electrical room), the worker must wear a N95 mask.
    • This policy is effective from June 1-August 31, 2020 unless noted otherwise.
  • It is imperative that we go out of our way to practice social (physical) distancing.

    • Always keep a minimum of six feet between yourself and other people.
    • If this is not possible due to space constraints (i.e. in a staircase or electrical room), any worker must wear n95 masks and disposable nitrile gloves.
  • NEW (2020-03-31) Designated COVID-19 safety coordinator

    • Each site will designate a COVID-19 safety coordinator and most sites will designate the Superintendent to fill this role.
    • Speak with the Chandos Superintendent to find out who the designated COVID-19 safety coordinator is.
  • NEW (2020-03-31) COVID-19 hazard assessments and inspections

    • COVID-19 risks and new safety protocols are integrated into our project and task hazard assessments.
    • Weekly site inpections include COVID-19 safety protocol.
  • NEW (2020-03-23) we will follow this COVID-19 Scenario Site Safety Response Process Flowchart

    • Process will help determine appropriate response based on COVID-19 contact or potential contact by a worker on site.
    • Not every scenario is covered however the intent is to provide a framework to help guide decisions.
    • Superintendents are responsible for applying this process on sites with the support of our safety team and management team.
  • UPDATED (2020-03-24) Self-isolation must take place if you:

    • Scenario One: Are sick with cold and flu-like symptoms. 
      • UPDATED (2020-03-25) In Alberta, you can return to work after 10 days or when your symptoms are gone, whichever is longer.  In British Columbia and Ontario you can return to work after 14 days or when your symptoms are gone, whichever is longer.
    • Scenario Two: Have been in contact with a person who has tested positive for COVID-19
      • You can return to work 14 days from the date of contact. If during this self-isolation you get sick, you must follow the requirements in Scenario One from the date your symptoms started.
    • Scenario Three: Have been in contact with a person who is being tested for COVID-19. 
      • You can return to work once the person receives a negative COVID-19 test result. If the person receives a positive test result, you must follow the requirements in Scenario Two from the date of the original contact. 
    • Scenario Four: Have travelled outside of Canada.
      • You can return to work 14 days from the date of your return to Canada. If during this self-isolation you get sick, you must follow the requirements in Scenario One. 
    • Scenario Five: A member of your household has travelled outside of Canada.
      • You can return to work 14 days from the date of your household member's return to Canada.  If during this self-isolation you get sick, you must follow the requirements in Scenario One.
  • NEW (2020-03-26) Access limitations

    • In order to keep our sites as safe as possible we're limiting site access to workers on an as-needed basis.
    • This means that a new worker may not be able to access the site and may have to wait until the next orientation is scheduled.
    • Superintendents are setting the orientation schedules for sites.  Please speak with the Chandos Superintendent if you are planning on introducing a new worker to site. 
  • NEW (2020-03-26) Deliveries

    • Whenever possible, all materials should be isolated for 2-5 days prior to its use on site by workers.
    • Subcontractors are requested to work with Superintendents to coordinate just-in-time deliveries that allow for an isolation period.
  • All sites will post the following notifications:

    • UPDATED (2020-03-27) Main site entrance sign that states, "Due to COVID-19 all workers MUST report to your supervisor upon entering the site - No Exceptions. If you do not have a supervisor on site, call the Chandos Superintendent at [insert number]"
    • NEW (2020-03-27) Delivery entrance sign that states, Due to COVID-19 please call Chandos Superintendent at [insert number] to coordinate delivery."
    • Sign on all building and trailer entryways stating "You must disinfect your hands before entering."
    • Hygiene and prevention awareness posters.
  • Install disinfecting / hand washing stations for mandatory use:

    • At the office trailer entrance.
    • At other designated entry points.
    • Whenever possible we will use hot water.
    • Notify staff that they must wash hands upon entering and exiting buildings.
    • Chandos workers will enforce this at the doors for breaks until it becomes part of the culture.
  • Practice good hygiene by following these steps:

    • Wash your hands frequently for at least 20 seconds
    • Do not touch your face, especially your mouth, nose and eyes.
    • Cover a cough or sneeze with the bend of your arm (but if you are sick, you must go home immediately)
    • Do not share food, beverages or other items.
    • Be proactive about cleaning and disinfecting areas or items you touch.
  • Daily site sign-in process is as follows:

    • Foreman of each subcontractor to conduct their own sign-in, using a new Chandos sign-in sheet with a COVID-19 questionnaire, and submit it with accurate numbers each morning.
    • Foreman must follow the submission requirements on each site, per the Superintendent (i.e. electronic or manual).
  • Site trailer and facility cleaning:

    • All site trailers are to be cleaned and disinfected daily or on a routine basis, depending on multiple shifts.
    • Main office trailer to be cleaned and disinfected twice a day. All surfaces disinfected including keyboards, remotes and any other high-touch areas.
    • Chandos staff will disinfect all door handles on site twice a day including trailers
    • Outdoor washrooms will be cleaned more frequently by service providers.
    • NEW (2020-03-25) This Cleaning Log must be posted in all trailers and washrooms for tracking purposes.  
  • Equipment and tool cleaning:

    • If you are exiting or entering a lift or any other piece of equipment you must disinfect the rails and controllers.
    • Shared tools and battery stations must be disinfected prior to and after use.
  • UPDATE (2020-03-23) Personal Protective Equipment:

    • Any workers within a space that does not permit them to maintain a safe distance from one another are to wear an n95 dusk mask to avoid transmission and disposable nitrile gloves.
      • Gloves must be changed as tasks change or if damage occurs to gloves.
    • Safety glasses cleaning station will be replaced with individual wipes.
  • Food and beverage:

    • Workers and anyone on site must supply their own drinking water.
    • No sharing of drinking water, food, beverage or other items; water and coffee stations have been removed from all sites.
    • Workers and onsite employees must adhere to social (physical) distancing criteria during lunch and coffee breaks.  Consider staggering times and/or eating in vehicles.
  • UPDATED (2020-03-23) Meetings:

    • Site superintendent will update subcontractor foreman of any changes or new site protocol on site every morning.
      • Meetings will be limited to 10 people and take place outside or in a large, well-ventilated area.
    • Safety and all other meetings must take place outside or in large, well-ventilated areas and follow the 10 person rule.
      • If 10 people can not stand six feet apart from each other than the number of physical attendees must be reduced accordingly.
    • We still recommend all meetings take place via video conference or teleconference whenever possible.
    • This applies to all meetings, including in offices or in big rooms.

If you would like to speak with a member of our team about these measures, contact one of our offices or send us an email

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