COVID-19 Construction Update RE: BC Building Trades & CLRA

Update RE: BC Building Trades & CLR

COVID-19 – CONSTRUCTION UPDATE

Due to the recent outbreak of COVID-19 globally, Construction Labour Relations (CLR) and the BC Building Trades (BCBT) are proactively trying to limit the spread of infection in the workplace. Our shared priority is the health, safety and welfare of our 35,000 members and signatory contractors. Although the Public health Agency of Canada has assessed the public health risk associated with COVID-19 as low for the general population, we must all remain vigilant in order to protect public health.

Health Canada recommends the following procedures to increase proper hygiene and reduce the risk of infection or spreading infection to others:

  • wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially – after using the washroom and when preparing food.
  • use alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available.
  • when coughing or sneezing: cough or sneeze into a tissue or the bend of your arm, not your hand.
  • dispose of any tissues you have used as soon as possible in a lined waste basket and wash your hands afterwards.
  • avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands.

SYMPTOMS: The following are common symptoms of COVID-19:

  • Fever
  • Fatigue
  • Dry cough

RISK: You are at a greater risk for COVID-19 If:

  • You have recently travelled to a COVID-19 impacted area
  • You have been in close contact with a confirmed or probable case of COVID-19
  • You have been in close contact with a person with acute respiratory illness who has been to a COVID-19 impacted area

If you experience the symptoms above AND/OR you have a higher risk of developing COVID-19, please contact your health care provider. You can also call 811 to speak with a registered nurse. *Please note that the federal government has announced changes to the Employment Insurance program waiving the mandatory one-week waiting period, allowing those who self-isolate or quarantine to apply for support immediately.

CLR and BCBT will continue to monitor the outbreak and provide guidance as directed by public health agencies.

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES

Health Canada        

BC Centre for Disease Control

World Health Organization

 

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