OTTAWA — It is essential to remain vigilant and follow worksite health and safety protocols and general public health measures as COVID-19 cases rise, new strains of the virus emerge and because the vaccine rollout is slower than anticipated, states a Jan. 13 message from the Canadian Construction Association (CCA).
The construction industry has already implemented highly disciplined health and safety protocols on sites and at manufacturing facilities across the country and companies of all sizes have amplified these by adhering to CCA’s COVID-19 Standardized Protocols for All Canadian Construction Sites, indicates a release.
There is also a growing urgency around following general health guidelines and other government measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19, such as eliminating all non-essential travel, wearing a mask in public, getting a flu shot, limiting your contacts and washing your hands frequently.
“It is vital to Canada’s health and economy that our strong track record of safety in the first wave continues into this second and potentially more challenging wave,” said CCA president Mary Van Buren in the statement. “I know many of us are frustrated by this long road, are experiencing pandemic fatigue, and making personal sacrifices. Together, we can stay the course so that Canadians continue to benefit from the essential work and services provided by construction. There is light at the end of the tunnel.”