Construction and Landscaping Guidance

This guideline applies to any activity that may be broadly considered under the construction and landscaping banner, including but not limited to: outdoor construction, indoor construction, landscaping and garden maintenance, pool maintenance and construction, and road construction and maintenance.

  • Core measures required by all businesses, services, and organizations:
  • Develop and follow an operational plan detailing how risk of transmission of disease will be mitigated.
  • Take every reasonable step to ensure minimal interaction of people (including employees and/or clients) within two metres of each other.
  • Take every reasonable step required to prevent employees who are required to self-isolate from entering workplaces.
  • Develop and follow an exclusion policy that ensures symptomatic employees are immediately excluded from work activities.
  • Ensure enhanced cleaning and disinfection of shared areas and surfaces.
  • Ensure hand washing stations or hand sanitizing products are available and accessible to all employees.

Additional measures recommended for the construction and landscaping industry:

  • Limit the number of workers to the minimum necessary to perform required tasks.
  • Limit sub-trades and non-essential personnel on-site and limit customer interactions.
  • Opt for consistent work teams (i.e. same teams of workers per shifts).
  • Limit the changing of operators on machines.
  • Encourage communication by radio.
  • Avoid gatherings of employees during breaks, meetings, and mealtimes.
  • If employees must travel together, follow the Carpooling and Essential Transport Guidance.
  • Avoid sharing of tools, and assign personalized tools to employees if possible.
  • Clean and sanitize tools and equipment before and after each shift.
  • Clean and sanitize frequently touched surfaces at least twice/day.
  • Increase portapotty and washroom cleanings.
  • Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, or use hand sanitizer with at least 60%-80% alcohol if soap and water are not available.
  • Have tissues, alcohol-based hand sanitizer, and no-touch disposal receptacles available for employees.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Cough and sneeze into a tissue or sleeve, then throw the tissue in the trash and use hand sanitizer.
  • Maintain a two metre (six foot) distance between employees and customers at all times.
  • Print and post safety information related to the above in your workplace where it can be seen by employees and visitors.
  • Non-medical masks may be used when physical distancing cannot be maintained.  Non-medical masks are not a replacement for any of the above measures.

 

Published date: 
May 15, 2020
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