Exposure Control Plan for COVID – 19

Pine profiles Inc. Is committed to providing a safe workplace for all employees, working visitors etc. This Exposure Control Plan is the umbrella in regard to the battle against COVID – 19. The Corona Virus Mitigation Strategy lists combinations of preventative control measures that are to be used to eliminate & or minimize the risk of illness & or transmission of the coronavirus.

The plan aims to protect all persons present at Pine Profile Inc. and comply with the WorkSafe BC Act & Regulations.

Download Statement of Health Form

Employers responsibilities

  • Implement a Mitigation Strategy.
  • Ensure employees are informed of the requierments the company has implemented.
  • Ensure PPE & other such materials such as gloves, masks, cleaning supplies etc. are available.
  • Ensure periodic reviews of the program with employees through weekly crew talks.
  • Ensure Supervision of the program.
  • Ensure the Implementation of procedures for first aid attendants to follow.
  • Consult with safety Committee members.
  • Implement a COVID – 19 screening for prospective new hires & visitors.
  • Implement mandatory daily health checks & reporting.
  • Implement mandatory wearing of face coverings on site.

Managers / Supervisor responsibilities

  • Supervision of the Exposure Control & Mitigation Strategy programs.
  • Awareness & education of company requierments, symptoms & procedures.
  • Conduct periodic reviews of the program with employees through weekly crew talks.
  • Ensure adequate supplies are readily available.
  • Ensure First Aid Attendants are trained in COVID – 19 response procedures.
  • Consult with safety Committee members.
  • Complete required documentation & turn into safety dept for processing.
  • Ensure COVID – 19 screening for prospective new hires & visitors.

Employees responsibilities

  • Maintain physical distancing
  • Follow established procedures
  • Report any symptoms or contacts with ill or potentially ill persons.
  • Ensure proper hygiene.
  • Use any PPE required.
  • Report any unsafe conditions to your supervisor
  • Do not enter workplace if sick or displaying symptoms consistent with COVID-19, refer to HealthLink BC 811.
  • Follow daily health check & reporting procedures.
  • Follow mandatory face covering procedures while on site.

Identification of symptoms & Transmission

Symptoms of COVID – 19 may include

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Sneezing
  • Sore throat
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Loss of smell or taste
  • Loss of appetite
  • Extreme fatigue or tiredness
  • Headache
  • Body aches
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea

Transmission of COVID – 19

  • Breathing in of droplets when others cough or sneeze
  • Close contact/hugging, shaking hands
  • Touching contaminated surfaces, touching your face etc.
  • People may be infected with the COVID–19 virus & not display any symptoms, so follow the rules carefully.

Right to Refuse Unsafe Work

It is acknowledged that all workers have the right to refuse unsafe work WorkSafe BC Regulation 3.12

Controlling the risk

 Low risk: Workers who typically have no contact with pandemic influenza-infected personsModerate risk: Workers who may be exposed to infected persons from time to time in relatively large, well ventilated workspacesHigh risk: Workers who may have contact with infected patients, or with infected persons in small, poorly ventilated workspaces
Hand hygieneYes (washing with plain or antimicrobial soap and water; or use of hand wipes that contain effective disinfectant)Yes (washing with plain or antimicrobial soap and water; or use of hand wipes that contain effective disinfectant)Yes (washing with plain or antimicrobial soap and water; or use of hand wipes that contain effective disinfectant)
Disposable glovesNot requiredNot required (unless handling contaminated objects on a regular basis)Yes, in some cases- e.g., when working directly with pandemic influenza patients
Apron, Gown, or similar body protectionNot requiredNot requiredYes, in some cases- e.g., when working directly with pandemic influenza patients
Eye protection – Goggles or Face shieldNot requiredNot requiredYes, in some cases- e.g., when working directly with pandemic influenza patients
Airway Protection – respiratorsNot requiredNot required (unless likely to be exposed to coughing and sneezing)Yes (minimum medical mask or equivalent)
Chart from WorkSafe BC Guidelines.

Types of control measures that may be used:

  • Elimination or substitution, such as limiting gatherings / distancing measures & or working from home if able.
  • Engineering controls such as physical barriers.
  • Awareness controls such as posters & signs.
  • Administrative controls such as limiting persons in an area, frequent cleaning, altering shift patterns & tasks, providing hand sanitizers etc. Written safe work procedures.
  • Personal protective equipment such as gloves face masks & shields etc.

Safe work procedures:

Written safe work procedures may be implemented. One example may be the Pine Profiles Inc. Mitigation Strategy.

Emergency response procedure for the First Aid Attendants.

PositionRisk LevelControl Measures
Office StaffLow to moderateGood hand hygiene, physical distancing & cleaning of work area. Plastic barriers. Face masks.
Managers / SupervisorsLow to moderateGood hand hygiene, physical distancing & cleaning of work area. Masks mandatory on site.
Moulder TechsLow to moderateGood hand hygiene, physical distancing & cleaning of work area. Masks mandatory on site.
MaintenanceLow to moderateGood hand hygiene, physical distancing & cleaning of work area. Masks mandatory on site.
Line WorkersLow to moderateGood hand hygiene, physical distancing & cleaning of work area, portable toilets etc. Masks mandatory on site.
First Aid AttendantsLow to HighFollow written emergency response procedures for COVID – 19. Masks mandatory on site.
Pine Profiles Inc. General Risk Assessment

Education & Training

Awareness & education of company requierments, symptoms & procedures will be conducted with the employees and ongoing periodic reviews of the program with employees through weekly crew talks.

Health Monitoring

Employees are to promptly report any symptoms of COVID – 19 to their manager & or supervisor. Workers can complete the BC self-assessment tool if they have concerns and follow the assessment recommendation.

Record Keeping

Pine Profiles Inc. will keep appropriate record keeping of training, statements of health etc.

Statement of Health

A statement of health survey has been developed using questions from the government of BC COVID – 19 self-screening tools to aid in the identification of potentially infected persons & help in preventing the transmission of the virus. This can be downloaded at the following link to fill out and bring to the office.

COVID – 19

At this time, it is of most importance that we all do our part in preventing the transmission of the COVID – 19 Virus or any other illness. The following are best practices for you to follow while at Pine Profiles Inc. or at home.

Best Practices

  • Keep your distance 2 meters minimum
  • Wear a mask
  • Avoid sharing
  • Avoid crowded places, social gatherings etc.
  • Avoid common greetings (Handshakes etc.)
  • Cough or sneeze into the bend of your arm
  • If possible shop during quiet times
  • Avoid touching common surfaces not clean
  • Avoid touching your face
  • Clean surfaces after you touch them
  • Wash hands often with soap & water
  • Use hand sanitizer often
  • Wash clothing often

While at Work

  • Keep your distance 2 meters minimum
  • Wear a mask
  • Avoid sharing
  • Avoid touching your face
  • Cough or sneeze into the bend of your arm
  • Cessation of any gathering
  • Eat lunch etc. in your car
  • Smoke in your car
  • Clean toilets after you use them
  • Wash hands often with soap & water 20 seconds
  • Use hand sanitizer often
  • Wash work clothing often after work
  • Make suggestions to your Supervisor
  • Report concerns to your Supervisor
  • Report illness to your Supervisor