OTTAWA – The Canadian Construction Association (CCA) has updated and released its COVID-19 Standardized Protocols for All Canadian Construction Sites, outlining best practices to maintain the health and safety of all workers on jobsites during the pandemic.
In a letter to members and colleagues, CCA president Mary Van Buren said the new document underlines the urgency around following health guidelines on worksites including wearing an N-95 mask or a commercial-grade equivalent, maintaining physical distance while travelling to and from worksites, limiting your daily contacts, working remotely when possible and washing your hands frequently.
CCA will also continue to consult with government on increasing the supply of PPE and adjusting vaccine eligibility criteria to prioritize essential workers, including onsite construction workers.
The association has also been working with Public Services and Procurement Canada to implement rapid testing on federal construction sites and a pilot program is being rolled out soon on the Centre Block rehabilitation project in Ottawa.
“It is vital to Canada’s health and economy that our strong track record of safety continues into this third and potentially more challenging wave,” said Van Buren, in the letter. “You have worked very hard to make sure your worksites are safe and have gone the extra mile to respond to the needs of your communities. There is light at the end of the tunnel. We will get through this crisis together.”