COVID-19 Construction Site Management
Killam continues to monitor the spread of COVID-19 to ensure the impacts to its workers and contractors are minimized. At this time, our construction sites are open with staff fully engaged in oversight and protection. This policy is in line with public authorities currently permitting construction to continue.
The construction-specific COVID-19 actions recommended below explain how our construction partners can be protected. In addition, our contractors are required to strictly adhere to all Federal, Provincial and Municipal government guidelines in response to COVID-19, such as:
- Enforcing 14-day quarantines after travel;
- Reinforcing personal and workspace hygiene.
- Limiting meetings and encouraging virtual tools where possible.
- Limiting visitors and/or in-person meetings, unless necessary.
- Requiring Social distancing, when meetings are required.
We are also suggesting that our contractors deploy additional best practices and/or considerations for the continued operation of our jobsites:
- Reinforcing entry and exit points into the construction zone to restrict public or unauthorized entry.
- Providing hand sanitizer, disinfectants and/or wash stations.
- Frequent and thorough cleaning of site trailers and washrooms.
- Posting additional information and reminders throughout job sites.
- Readdress new best practices at toolbox talks.
- Relocate meetings from enclosed trailers to open work areas.
- Consider stockpiling and/or storing equipment and materials in available areas on site or discuss potential storage options on other active sites.
- Consider alternating trade shifts to address social distancing during completion of work and break times.
- Restricting any personnel showing symptoms or suspecting exposure from the site until testing is completed.
- Implementing a no handshake policy.
- Not sharing tools or PPE.
- Asking any food and beverages be consumed at the minimum recommended distance.
- Installing safety and site signage.
We are also planning how to monitor sites in the event of a mandatory closure considering items such as increased site security, fire watches, fencing, hoarding, dewatering and heating.
Our team continues to strive to maintain healthy work places and will continue to adapt to this fluid situation.