Our commitment to the safety of our industry employees and contractors is to priority. We’ve gathered this list of best practices and tips for helping to keep workplaces – and workers – safe during the COVID-19 crisis .
Note: this list is subject to change – every job site and workplace are different and government guidelines are changing daily. Be sure to visit the government links in our resources section. This will help you stay up to date on regulations and restrictions.
Individual organizations must determine what actions to take to best protect their employees and contractors against COVID-19.
- Take all reasonable precautions to protect health and safety of workers.
- Make sure equipment, materials and protective equipment are in good condition.
- Ensure cleaning/disinfection of surfaces, touch points are being conducted on regular basis.
- Provide information and instruction to employees and update frequently.
- Investigate concerns re: unsafe work quickly and provide solutions.
- Close all design, show home and sales centres or only open by appointment, with reduced hours. This allows extra cleaning between appointments.
- Enforce social distancing protocols (2m+ away at all times, frequent hand washing).
- Host one appointment at a time with minimal staff and clients (no more than two clients from a family in attendance).
- Clean all surfaces after each appointment.
Construction Sites (new builds)
- Do a pre-shift screening of each worker at the start of each shift.
- Send home any worker (s) showing any sign of illness immediately.
- Limit the number of trades on site to avoid stacking (example: one inside, one outside at any given time).
- Re-assess any work task or bottleneck that requires employees to stand in line (example: site entry etc.).
- Trades work in small teams and keep a minimum of 2m+ between each worker at all times.
- Ensure there are adequate sanitation facilities onsite (hand sanitizer, wash stations and porta-potties).
- Clean and restock sanitation facilities frequently every day the site is active.
- Display signage including best safety practices and location(s) of hand washing stations.
- Reduce or eliminate the sharing of equipment where possible.
- If not possible, equipment should be cleaned before another worker uses it.
- Reduce or eliminate the sharing of tools.
- Employees should use their own vehicle to travel to and from worksite.
- Keep a limit of 2-3 people in any elevator, where applicable. Workers should face away from each other in elevators.
- Ensure employees do not share any type of PPE.
- Ensure used PPE is disposed of properly.
- Disinfect reusable PPE as per manufacturer’s recommendation prior to each use.
- Eliminate any communal or shared food practices (pizza, donuts etc).
- Provide bottled water for workers or ask them to bring their own.
- Maintain a list of employees that are currently working on sites. Update this list daily.
- Respect workers who may choose not to work if they feel unsafe, either for their own health or that of a loved one at home.
- Communicate with home owners prior to attending the site to be aware if household is under self-quarantine or self-isolation.
- Delay projects if a site is deemed unsafe for any reason.
- Limit trades/size of teams working at same time.
- Ensure all staff have the ability and technology to work from home.
- For staff that must go to a physical office, ensure that social distancing protocols are in place. Limit interaction with others.
- Any staff exhibiting/feeling any symptoms of illness must not leave their home or meet with co-workers in person.
- Consider implementing a schedule for employees that may need to go to the office to access a file, equipment or personal items . This ensures that multiple employees are not on site at the same time.
- Ensure workstations are cleaned after every use.
- Conduct meetings via telephone and video conferencing. Do not hold in person meetings.
Alberta Construction Safety Association
BILD Alberta Tips for Operating Worksites
Calgary Construction Association – Pandemic Planning for the Construction Industry
Calgary Shallow Utility Consortium Protocols
Canadian Centre for Occupational Health & Safety – Pandemic Info
COVID-19 Posters – Help prevent the spread
March 31 BILD Calgary Safety and Wellness Forum
April 7 BILD Calgary Safety and Wellness Forum