Social distancing protocols for remote work camps

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Tue, 06/30/2020 - 17:06

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The following steps must be taken by all workers:

  1. Practice social distancing for 14 days prior to traveling within the NWT;
  2. Practice enhanced hand hygiene;
  3. Follow healthy respiratory practices and enhanced disinfection procedures;
  4. Monitor themselves for symptoms 14 days prior to traveling within the NWT, using the attached daily self-monitoring form;
  5. Follow guidance included in this Protocol if you or a member of your household have or develop COVID-19 symptoms during the 14 days prior to traveling within the NWT;
  6. Have the completed daily self-monitoring form ready if required to produce the completed form at a port of entry into the NWT; and
  7. Provide the completed daily self-monitoring form to their Occupational Health Supervisor upon arrival to the remote camp.

How you can practice social distancing

  • Avoiding crowded places and non-essential gatherings;
  • Avoiding common greetings, such as handshakes;
  • Keeping a distance of at least 2 meters from all persons not in your immediate household at all times;
  • Stay home as much as possible, including for meals and entertainment
  • Shop or take public transportation during off-peak hours
  • Wherever possible, use technology to keep in touch with friends and family;
  • Wherever possible, use food delivery services or online shopping;
  • Wherever possible, exercise at home or outside away from others;
  • Travel to airports in a private vehicle whenever possible rather than public transportation;
  • Avoid spending unnecessary time at public access points, including delivery locations or cafeterias; and
  • Avoid using crowded rest stops or stores.

Enhanced hand hygiene

  • Greet with a wave instead of a handshake, a kiss or a hug;
  • Wash your hands frequently for at least 20 seconds and avoid touching your face;
  • Use hand sanitizer when soap and water are not available;
  • Avoid touching surfaces people touch often.

Healthy respiratory practices

  • Cough or sneeze into the bend of your arm or a tissue;
  • Wear a mask or facial barrier when unable to stay two metres from others (i.e. flights or shared transport)

Enhanced disinfection procedures

Clean and disinfect regularly. Disinfect high-touch areas such as:

  • toilets;
  • bedside tables;
  • keyboards;
  • keypads; and
  • door handles

twice a day, with an agent effective against coronavirus. Coronavirus is easy to kill with appropriate disinfectants. Disinfect the interior of your vehicle and accommodations using sanitizing wipes or a bleach solution.

Health Canada has produced a list of registered disinfectants that are qualified for use against COVID-19:

Some appropriate disinfectants include:

  • Diluted bleach solution
  • Accelerated hydrogen peroxide (0.5%)
  • Quaternary ammonium compounds (QUATs)

Always check the manufacturer’s information to assure the product is effective against coronaviruses. Follow the product instructions for the dilution and contact time. Unless otherwise stated on the product, use a detergent to clean the surface of all visible debris prior to the application of the disinfectant.

Surfaces that have become soiled with respiratory secretions or bodily fluids should be cleaned twice: once to remove the secretions, and second with an effective disinfectant to disinfect the area.

Use disposable gloves and protective clothing (e.g. plastic aprons, if available) when cleaning or handling surfaces, clothing or linen that has been soiled with bodily fluids.

Guidance Regarding COVID-19 Symptoms:

If a worker or members of their household exhibit symptoms of COVID-19, they shall immediately self-isolate and contact a local health care provider. Workers should get tested, follow health care provider advice, and notify their employer immediately for further direction. Workers shall not return to work for as long as they have COVID-19 symptoms or test positive for COVID-19.

If a worker is concerned they may have COVID-19 symptoms they should separate themselves from others as soon as they present symptoms. If they are outside their home when a symptom develops, workers shall go home immediately and avoid taking public transit. When traveling between communities, workers shall monitor themselves for COVID-19 symptoms. Workers should call ahead to a health care provider if ill to seek medical attention.

NWT Resident Workers

While not at the remote camp, NWT resident workers are allowed to visit people outside of your worksite and home in accordance with the Public Health Order – COVID-19 Relaxing Phase 2, effective June 12, 2020.

Non-NWT Resident Workers

While not at the remote camp, non-NWT resident workers are not allowed to visit people outside of your worksite and home, and are not allowed to socialize closely (within 2 metres) with persons others than members of their household.

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