Our policy in these uncertain times.
Our primary aim is to make sure that all of our employees go home safe to their families each and every night. This is one of those things that is always on our minds but even more so during these uncertain times.
With this in mind, we have create policies to make sure that each of our employees understands the importance of, and their role in helping to stop the spread of COVID-19. In an effort to be transparent with the public we have listed our site safety rules that each of our employees follows to help stop the spread of COVID-19 and make sure they go home safe to their families every night.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water or alcohol-based hand sanitizer
- Sneeze and cough into your sleeve
- If you use a tissue, discard immediately and wash your hands afterward
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth
- Avoid contact with people who are sick
- Stay home if you are sick
- Avoid high-touch areas, where possible, or ensure you clean your hands after
- Where possible, wear gloves when interacting with high-touch areas. Do not touch your face with gloved hands. Take care when removing gloves. Ensure you wash your hands after removing them
- Wash your clothes as soon as you get home
- If you are ill: notify your supervisor immediately, complete the self-assessment tool and follow the instructions you get. https://covid-19.ontario.ca/self-assessment/#q0
- Sanitize commonly touched surfaces or areas (sea can, door handles, equipment, machines)
- Avoiding the sharing of hand tools and power tools. If sharing is necessary, enable sanitization of shared equipment.
- Carpooling is not appropriate during the COVID-19 State of Emergency and should be avoided.
- Gatherings of more than 5 people is in violation of the State of Emergency and can result in a fine.
- Dispose of used gloves, masks, etc., in an appropriate waste receptable. Not on the ground.
- Do not use disposable gloves on multiple surfaces like handrails then use a cell phone
- Gloves should be used in task related operations and not used across potential cross contamination locations
- Minimum of 2 meters (6’) separation from other workers at all times
- Follow all guidelines set in place by builder
- No working in any unit if another trade is present
- Sign in each day, affirming that you have no symptoms
Why are you still working
There has been much discussion on whether residential construction should be considered an “essential business” and we’re not going to debate that here. We ask that you consider the following scenario’s, many of the houses we are building right now have closing dates in the next three months. If these houses are not framed now they will not be ready in three months. More than likely the people that have purchased these homes will have to be out of their current residence around the same time as the closing date. They may or may not have a place to go if there new home is not finished. There thousands of these scenarios that are playing out all over the province right now. We respect your opinion, if that doesn’t matter to you, we are not here to debate this topic as we are taking our direction from the provincial government in this matter.
How can you social distance in your trade?
For most situations in framing it is possible to keep the minimum 2 meter (6 feet) of separation between people. We have had to lay off approximately half of our employees to reduce the number of people in a house so it is easier to maintain the appropriate social distance measures.
What are your policies based on?
We have based our guidelines on those produced by the Canadian Construction Association and the Ontario Homebuilders Association. We have taken into account the directives and mandates of the Ministry of Labour of Ontario and all applicable Public Health Units along with the Chief Medial Officer of Health, Public Health Agency of Canada, Health Canada and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.