Volcano & COVID-19

First and foremost, safety is always our first priority – it’s part of our core values, and a shared value with our customers, vendors, employees and partners.

At this time Volcano is open and continuing to do business; however, we will be monitoring the situation closely and may act quickly in response to the changing crisis.

As part of our internal processes, we are implementing precautionary measures to address COVID-19. 

The company will continue to monitor developments, communicate them internally, and ensure our management team takes concrete steps to secure the health and safety of staff and clients alike. In the meantime, we are implementing the following precautionary measures:

  • We are adopting a “no hand-shake policy”

  • We will limit meetings and conduct them by phone or video-conference wherever possible

  • At our shop, an employee is being designated to use a disinfectant cleaner and/or bleach to wipe down all common areas and surfaces, including door handles and pushes, chains and levers, bathroom taps, faucets and flushes, tables, counters, tools, bits, blades, etc.

  • Disinfectant cleaners and disposable rags are being put in all company vehicles; drivers/passengers are asked to work together to wipe down handles, gear shifts, steering wheels and all knobs and buttons at the start and end of each shift

  • Anyone with children, who has no access to childcare, or who is showing signs of illness and/or is sick, will be given the option of drawing their vacation pay, as needed, to cover missed time.

Volcano Construction Services Ltd.

COVID-19 Policy

At Volcano Construction Services Ltd., health and security are always our first priorities. We have developed and communicated this COVID-19 policy to all staff and will continue to update it as new information becomes available to us. Rest assured, we are taking all necessary precautions and are committed to ensuring the safety of our staff and their families, our clients, our subcontractors, our vendors and the public at this most difficult and unprecedented time.

 

At present, we are making our best efforts to continue operations and keep our worksites functioning in a safe and efficient manner, by implementing and putting into place new and additional measures focused on stopping the spread of the COVID-19 virus.

 

Volcano will follow the guidelines set by government authorities at all times and we will continue to act in a responsible manner; committed to keeping our people well-informed and supported by ensuring that our communications are clear and well-defined.

 

To that end, we have first and foremost educated our staff by communicating the symptoms of the COVID-19, as follows:

  • Fever in excess of 38C

  • A new, persistent cough OR an existing cough that is getting worse

  • Difficulty breathing or pneumonia

 

We have adopted and communicated government recommendations to protect our employees and partners as follows:

  • Employees have been directed to follow the province’s mandate for “social distancing,” to maintain a minimum distance of 6.5 feet apart at all times, except in those circumstances when doing so would create a safety risk to employees, or others at or near the workplace

  • All employees have been instructed to:

    • Wash their hands frequently using soap and warm water for a minimum of 20 seconds (including palms back of hands, between fingers/thumbs and under nails), rinse well and dry thoroughly with air dryers (where available) or paper towel and to turn off taps with paper towel

    • Where soap and water are unavailable, employees are instructed to clean their hands using a hand sanitizer with an alcohol content of at least 60%

  • When coughing or sneezing, employees are instructed to cough into a tissue or the bend of their arms (not hands), and dispose of any tissues used and wash hands afterwards

  • Employees have been instructed to avoid touching their eyes, noses and mouths

  • Any employee who has traveled outside of the province/country will self-isolate for 14 days

 

In addition to government recommendations, we have made critical changes to our operations to ensure we are making every reasonable effort to minimize the risk of spreading the COVID-19 virus. To that end we:

  • Encourage any/all employees who can work from home to do so

  • Make our best efforts to reduce the number of people gathering in any one area to as few as possible, while practicing social distancing

  • Have adopted a companywide “no handshake policy”

  • Have instructed as many employees as is practicable to travel directly to our jobsites rather than gathering at our shop

  • Are extremely diligent with disinfecting areas of our shop facilities (offices, breakrooms, boardroom, bathrooms, tool area, and outbuildings)

  • Are disinfecting returning tools and equipment (including trucks), paying special attention to high-touch surfaces and objects

  • Limit the number of people who can travel together in our commercial vehicles

  • Ensure that any employee, customer, supplier and/or subcontractors who is exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19 is not permitted to enter the office facility, shop area, commercial company vehicles or outbuildings or any Volcano jobsite

 

Finally, we want to provide guidance to our employees so they know what to do if they feel sick, or if they worry that they may have been exposed to COVID-19. To that end, we ask the following employees to immediately self-isolate:

  • Any employee exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19

  • Any employee who has been exposed to someone with COVID-19

  • Any employee who has been exposed to someone who is self-isolated because they are exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19 and is waiting on testing results

  • Any employee who has been exposed to someone who has travelled outside the province/country and who is exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19 and/or is waiting on testing results

 

These employees are instructed to stay home and:

  • Not go directly to a COVID-19 assessment centre without being directed to do so by a health official

  • Use the online COVID-19 self assessment tool for recommended appropriate actions

  • If advised to self-isolate, will do so for 14 days

  • If instructed by the online assessment tool to call 811, will do so and follow their advice for next steps

  • Limit contact with others if sick, eliminate contact entirely if exhibiting COVID-19 symptoms until testing confirms positive or negative


During this trying time, it is important that we work together to help contain this virus. Volcano intends to continue being a leader in Health & Safety in our industry and we will continue to work together to do our part in flattening the curve.

BeverJy P. Jones, President

Volcano Construction Services Ltd.

For more information on COVID-19 and what you can do to aid in preventing further transmission of this virus please visit: https://www.canada.ca/en/public- health/services/diseases/coronavirus-disease-covid-19.html

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