Responding to COVID-19 in Canada
As we respond to the rapidly evolving COVID-19 situation, our priority has remained consistent: to protect the health and wellbeing of our workforce, their families and the community.
We know how essential it is to flatten the curve and the responsibility we have as an organization to help achieve this goal. Our robust business continuity plans have been activated to guide us through this unprecedented situation.
What We’re Doing
- We have reduced the number of staff that physically need to be in the office and on site to a critical only level. Our Calgary office closed on March 17 and all but a handful of essential staff are now working remotely until further notice.
- A prescreening questionnaire must be completed by staff prior to arrival at our Surmont site in northern Alberta and our Montney operations in northeastern British Columbia. Upon arrival at these locations staff must go through a second screening process that includes a questionnaire administered by a healthcare professional and a temperature check taken through a touchless device.
- Any worker deemed at risk – whether that’s because of their response to the questionnaire or because they’re presenting with cold or flu-like symptoms – will be placed in isolation or will leave site if it is deemed safe and without the use of public transportation. We also have a process in place to help identify and isolate staff who are feeling ill while on the job.
- For those working at site, we have increased disinfection and cleaning practices at all work locations, with a special focus on high traffic areas.
- We have taken steps to ensure physical distancing is made possible at our work locations by reconfiguring our camp services and communal areas. High traffic locations have been marked with visual guidelines for physical distancing, and more prepackaged food has been made available to reduce the amount of contact between our staff.
- Extra hand sanitizer has been stationed throughout our facilities, and all fitness facilities have been shut down until further notice.
- Those working on site receive daily guidance and reminders of personal hygiene, monitoring for cold and flu like symptoms and physical distancing. Special consideration is given to how this applies to travel to and from site, during daily meetings and at mealtimes.
We are closely monitoring Alberta and British Columbia health guidelines to ensure our practices are in line with what is being asked. We’re committed to safely running our business throughout this time and providing the energy that is essential for Canadians.
We are grateful for our workforce, many of whom are working remotely, for continuing to look out for one another while demonstrating flexibility, responsiveness and determination as we continue with our operations.