Landcare Covid-19 Response Plan
“Tough Times Don’t Last, Tough Teams, Do.”
It is vital that we have COVID-19 protocols.
DON’T come into work if you have any symptoms of a cold, flu, allergies, or other symptoms that could even be perceived as COVID 19. *immediately inform your crew leader/captain and the office.
Strictly follow hygiene protocols and social distancing as recommended by Health Canada, which have been emailed to you and are posted at our office.
The following rules provide an overview of how Landcare will proceed with work and manage the risk. Further guidance, details, reminders, and updates will be provided as needed.
- COVID-19 PPE & SUPPLIES – Crews and vehicles/trailers will be outfitted
- Bleach and water solution for vehicle and equipment cleaning
- Hand wash stations with water, soap, paper towel
- Portable washrooms
- Face shields, and any other materials or equipment we can procure for them.
- Masks are available upon request
- SET CREWS
- Crew will be setup with specific crew members and kept working only together for the season.
- Crews may change only if absolutely essential to complete work. (i.e. a staff member leaves and a new employee starts work with Landcare)
- Employees using Landcare or with personal vehicles may be asked to pick up a crew member who doesn’t have their own vehicle.
- Only two staff members will be allowed to travel together in a Landcare vehicle, the driver and a crew member in the back passenger side.
- *Employees are advised to wear a mask, or face shield provided while driving inside a vehicle together.
- PERSONAL VEHICLE USE (to and from project sites)
- Reimbursed for this use based on kilometres travelled.
- Or reimbursed by summer wage
- STAGGERED START TIMES
- For crew start-up in the same yard/area
- For office staff with work stations in the same room
- Crew lockers have been set up in the office yard to collect paperwork, leave timesheets, etc.
- Vehicle key storage will be set up in the office bsmt foyer.
- If a crew is already loading or unloading in your assigned area the yard, park on the street wait until they leave to enter.
- KEEP 6ft. DISTANCE at all times, if the work requires closer contact you MUST wear a mask.
- Wash your hands after any close contact or sharing equipment.
- WASH HANDS frequently, several times a day! (more soap and paper towel is available at the office)
- When you arrive in the yard in the morning
- When you are sharing equipment throughout the day
- before you enter your vehicle to go to your next site, or end of day (including each property for maintenance staff)
- VEHICLE CLEANING with bleach and water solution (10 parts water to 1 part bleach minimum). (more bleach is available at the office)
- Beginning and End of each day!
- Throughout the day as needed
- MASK when you must be closer than 6 ft. Keep distance at all other times!
- When in vehicles together
- When training staff, passing or loading equipment, etc.
- Anytime you must be closer than 6 ft.
If a team member develops symptoms, exposure to someone with Covid-19, or tests positive for Covid-19. Landcare will follow Health Canada guidance – see attached decision charts and health protocols.
- SELF-MONITOR if you have had contact with someone who is experiencing symptoms of Covid-19, without a positive test.
- Get tested if you are concerned
- Share any test results with the office
- STAY HOME and monitor your health if you have symptoms of COVID-19.
- Contact your doctor for guidance
- When your symptoms stop, get tested
- Send negative result to the office, and get permission before returning to work
- QUARANTINE at home for 14 days, if you have contact with someone who tests positive for Covid-19.
- Stay home and self-monitor
- If no symptoms arise after 14 days, return to work
- If symptoms begin, contact your doctor for guidance
- Get tested if you are concerned (but continue quarantine for full 14 days)
COVID-19 TESTING CENTRES in Ontario – https://covid-19.ontario.ca/assessment-centre-locations/
NOTE: As the 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to spread around the globe, employers and employees need to know their legal rights and obligations as it relates to the Canadian workplace.
You are required to disclose to your employer if you have been diagnosed with COVID-19 because in the present circumstances it is reasonable to require proactive disclosure due to the risk of transmission.
An employee is required to disclose if he or she has been in close contact with someone diagnosed with COVID-19. Similarly, an employee can be required to disclose travel outside of Canada or on a cruise ship within the past 14 days. This includes indirect travel, such as a plane “stopping-over” in an area, because new passengers and service individuals from that area may come into contact with existing passengers and crew. Attendance at large gatherings is also discouraged and should be monitored.
An employer must make every effort to keep private your personal information and it will not be broadly disclosed to others.
Employees have the right to refuse to perform work if they hold a bona fide belief a “physical condition” in the workplace constitutes a risk to their health or safety. Generally, this involves concern over equipment or machinery. However, it is possible “physical condition” may also include concern for the spread of a serious illness such as COVID-19. In the event of a work refusal, an employer has an obligation to place the refusing employee in an area where he or she is safe, and perform an investigation into the circumstances surrounding the refusal.
Lana Terpstra Adm
(416) 410-0320 Ext.1