COVID-19 Protocol

Caron Equipment Inc.

Revised March 25, 2020 1:30pm

Introduction
In January 2020 the World Health Organization (WHO) declared the outbreak of a new  coronavirus disease in Hubei Province, China to be a Public Health Emergency of International  Concern. WHO stated there is a high risk of the 2019 coronavirus disease (COVID‐19) spreading  to other countries around the world.  WHO and public health authorities around the world are taking action to contain the COVID‐19  outbreak. However, long term success cannot be taken for granted. All sections of our society –  including businesses and employers – must play a role if we are to stop the spread of this  disease.


Outline
When someone who has COVID‐19 coughs or exhales they release droplets of infected fluid.  Most of these droplets fall on nearby surfaces and objects ‐ such as desks, tables or telephones.  People could catch COVID‐19 by touching contaminated surfaces or objects – and then touching  their eyes, nose or mouth.   If they are standing within two metres of a person with COVID‐19 they can catch it by breathing  in droplets coughed out or exhaled by them. In other words, COVID‐19 spreads in a similar way  to flu. Most persons infected with COVID‐19 experience mild symptoms and recover.   However, some may experience more serious illness and may require hospital care. Risk of  serious illness rises with age: people over 40 seem to be more vulnerable than those under 40.  People with weakened immune systems and people with conditions such as diabetes, heart and  lung disease are also more vulnerable to serious illness. 

Preventative Measures
The measures below will help prevent the spread of infections at the workplace, such as colds,  flu and stomach bugs, and protect our clients, contractors and employees.  Caron Equipment is committed to:

  • Ensuring workplaces are clean and hygienic

  • Preventing close contact with other people, including employees, contractors and clients

  • Ensuring surfaces shall be wiped with disinfectant regularly

  • Promoting two metre distancing of all persons, including hand shaking, etc.

  • Promoting regular and thorough hand washing by employees and contractors

  • Providing hand sanitizer and latex gloves in prominent places around the workplace

  • Offering guidance from occupational health and safety officers, briefings at meetings and  information on the intranet

  • Ensuring that employees and contractors a have access to places where they can wash their  hands with soap and water

  • Promoting good respiratory hygiene in the workplace

  • Ensuring that paper tissues are available at our workplaces, for those who develop a runny  nose or cough at work, along with closed bins for hygienically disposing of them

  • Advising employees and contractors to consult information from the World Health Organization

  • Briefing employees and contractors that anyone with even a mild cough or low‐grade fever  (38.1 C or more) needs to stay at home

  • Ensuring face masks are readily available

  • Communicating and promoting the message that people need to stay at home even if they  have just mild symptoms of COVID‐19

  • Displaying this policy in our workplaces, offices and worksites

  • Identifying persons who may be at risk through a formal questionnaire

       and supporting them, without inviting stigma and discrimination into our workplaces

  • Promoting regular teleworking across our organization

  • Communicating to our employees and contractors about the policy and make sure they are  aware of what they need to do – or not do –

Traveling Guideline

Caron Equipment received the latest information on areas where COVID‐19 is spreading on the  World Health Organization website and encourages employees to review their latest  publications before their departure.  https://www.who.int/ 

 

Before traveling, Caron Equipment shall

  • Minimize travel requirements and the number of persons traveling together

  • Avoid sending employees who may be at higher risk of serious illness

  • Ensure all persons traveling to distant locations are briefed by a qualified professional

  • Ensure employees know what to do and who to contact if they feel ill while traveling

  • Ensure employees comply with this policy and guidelines from WHO where they are traveling

  • Refrain from

(New Requirement)

Prior to returning to the workplace

Prior to returning to the workplace from days off, persons on Caron Equipment business, including employees and contractors, shall review the policy https://www.caronequipment.com/covid-19 for any changes (Date of policy is above) and complete the covid-19 questionnaire once again.

Before departure, they will contact their direct Supervisor for site access clearance.

International Exposure 

Employees who have returned from outside the country or have been in contact with persons  who have, whether directly or through other individuals shall:

  • Monitor themselves for symptoms for 14 days, self‐isolate and adhere to the WHO guidelines.

  • They should also telephone their healthcare provider or the local public health department,  giving them details of their recent travel and symptoms.

 

Remember

Now is the time to prepare for COVID‐19. Simple precautions and planning can make a big  difference. Action now will help protect our employees and our business. 

Symptomatic Individuals

If someone becomes ill with suspected COVID-19 at one of our workplaces, the employee shall immediately notify the employer or direct Supervisor. Caron Equipment shall inform healthcare professionals of the occurrence and advise the employee with necessary precautions for the next course of actions.

Where possible, Caron Equipment Inc. shall ensure ill persons are isolated in a room or area where to avoid contact from others in the workplace, limit the number of people who have contact with the sick person and contact the local health authorities for guidance.

Exposure

Employees and contractors who have been in recent (14 days) contact with persons who are asymptomatic or who have been in contact with someone who has been outside of the country whether directly or through other individuals shall:

  • Advise Caron Equipment management of their current circumstance

  • Monitor themselves for symptoms of covid-19 for 14 days, self-isolate and adhere to the WHO guidelines.

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