COVID-19 Response


JBL is monitoring the emerging Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) risk, and certain proactive measures regarding business travel, hygiene, housekeeping and in-person meetings will be implemented. These policies are intended to maintain a safe working environment. COVID-19 remains a highly fluid subject, with the risk of exposure stabilizing in some regions but also continuing to emerge in new locations. Further updates to these policy measures will be made going forward to account for updated information as it becomes available.

Communication and Awareness:
  • Post clear signage around worksite regarding positive hygiene practices, self-identification screening tools and updates from appropriate public health authorities.
  • Worksite policies are communicated to all workers during site orientation and are made available on site.
  • Designation of a COVID Coordinator for each work site. This may be the Superintendent on smaller sites or a designate of the Project Team on larger sites. This individual’s name and contact info will be posted on site. Duties of the COVID Coordinator will include:
    • Completion of the Daily COVID-19 Preventative Measures Checklist.
    • Monitoring the worksite for COVID related infractions.
    • Ensure the completion of sanitization of common touch and high traffic areas.
    • Be a point of contact for all site attendees for COVID related concerns.
    • Refer any concerns to the Project Superintendent, Manager and H&S Coordinator.
    • Communicate any updates on COVID related policies and/or procedures to site workers.
    • The Health & Safety Coordinator will follow up with the COVID Coordinator on a weekly basis to ensure compliance.
Personal Hygiene:
  • Wash your hands frequently: Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Maintain physical distancing: Maintain at least two metres (six feet) distance between yourself and other workers whenever possible.
  • Practice respiratory hygiene: Cover your mouth and nose with your bent elbow or tissue when you cough or sneeze. Dispose of used tissue immediately. Proceed to wash your hands.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unclean hands.
  • Avoid common physical greetings, such as handshakes.
  • Do not share personal items or supplies such as phones, pens, notebooks, PPE, etc.
 Use of Face Coverings:
  •  All individuals on site will have a personal face covering on hand at all times. These masks can be re-useable or single-use, so long as they satisfy the recommendations set out by the Government of Canada here: ca/en/public-health/services/diseases/2019-novel-coronavirus-infection/prevention-risks/about-non-medical-masks-face-coverings.html.
  • Except when needed due to the nature of the work itself, respirators should not be used.
  • Such face masks are worn whenever individuals are:
    • Unable to maintain two metre distancing;
    • Moving between zones, work areas, or other facilities;
    • Indoors except when working alone in an office or a safely distanced cubicle or an appropriate barrier is in place; or
    • In non-open air environments or other areas with limited airflow.
  • Face covering should not be worn when the use of one creates a task-specific safety risk.
  • Individuals wash or sanitize their hands before and after applying, removing, or otherwise touching their face covering.
  • Single-use face masks are disposed of after use and re-usable face masks are cleaned thoroughly and allowed to dry completely before re-use.
Workplace Sanitation:
  • Clean and sanitize all work areas on a daily basis at minimum (more frequently based on activity on site), including desks, keyboards, phones, door handles, entrance doors, shared kitchens/bathrooms, light switches, and steering wheels.
  • Additional sanitary measures are implemented on site: hand washing stations with a posted hand washing protocol, hand sanitizer stations, provision of disinfectant wiping products. These types of facilities are made available at site entries, exits, washrooms, eating areas, offices, and any other areas with commonly touched surfaces.
  • Provide a minimum of two hand wash stations on site. More are to be added if number of personnel surpasses 100. Job sites which maintain less than 10 individuals on site at any time may only require one hand wash station.
  • Use appropriate cleaning products as assigned.
  • Use only your own tools or sanitize between operators.
  • Only one driver per vehicle or sanitize between driver. Commonly touched surfaces on vehicles and equipment are thoroughly cleaned and disinfected at the end of shifts and between users.
  • Limit access and use of shared devices like coffee machines, water fountains, microwave ovens, and similar. Means to clean and disinfect such devices between uses is provided.
  • Where touch points like door handles and water coolers remain, paper towels are provided to allow users to avoid skin contact.
  • Gloves are worn whenever possible while on the worksite but are treated the same as bare hands in terms of minimizing unnecessary touching of anything on site and the user’s face.
  • JBL’s commitment on workplace sanitation will include increased washroom and handwash facilities that will be monitored daily for cleanliness and sanitation.
 JBL Work Sites:
  • All work sites will be following our COVID-19 SAFE WORK PRACTICES and COVID-19 SAFE JOB PROCEDURES (branch offices are considered work sites).
  • Access to work sites is not permitted to individuals who have travelled internationally, or reside with someone who has travelled internationally, and have not been back in Canada for at least 14 days.
  • Anyone who has tested positive for COVID-19 is required to self-isolate and is not permitted on a work site until their isolation order has been lifted by the governing health authority in their region.
  • Any persons showing symptoms of COVID-19 are required to stay home. Anyone on a work site showing symptoms will be asked to leave site and self-isolate.
  • Visitors and guests are not permitted on a work site if deemed non-essential to project continuity.
  • All sign in/sign out will be completed via the SwipedOn application. Signs will be posted at all site entrances.
  • All product, materials and supplies will be delivered to site requiring minimal person-to-person contact. When possible, nothing is passed between the deliverer and the receiver (e.g. shipment documents and pens for signatures). Deliveries are unloaded solely by receivers using proper PPE, while deliverers remain in their vehicles. No signatures or transfer of documents permitted.
  • Breaks will be staggered to minimize number of people near one another.
 Site Operations:
  • The number of in person meetings is minimized. If required, meetings should involve only necessary individuals and include six people or fewer. Minimum physical distancing is maintained, and meetings are held in open spaces when possible.
  • Site teams are encouraged to put forward split/alternating shifts to avoid extensive intermingling and reduce worker density. Voluntary shift offset and implementing time gaps between shifts are highly encouraged.
  • When unable to maintain appropriate physical distancing (6 ft. or 2 m) between workers, those individuals must be wearing face coverings during the period of work. This applies to work both inside and outside.
  • The construction site is to be segregated to the extent possible in zones or other methods to keep different crews/trades physically separated at all time. This promotes physical distancing and supports the containment of propagation should it arise.
  • Workers will be required to complete a daily COVID screening via the SwipedOn application before being allowed access to the work site. This can aid in contract tracing in the event of a confirmed case.
  • Upper limits are put on the number of people allowed in each zone and in facilities like washrooms, trailers, and eating areas at once to allow for the recommended minimum physical distancing.
  • All non-essential individuals are not permitted access to the site.
  • Before entering the site, individuals must confirm that:
    • They are not currently exhibiting flu-like symptoms such as fever, tiredness, coughing, or congestion.
    • They have not returned from outside of Canada within the past 14 days;
    • To the best of their knowledge, they have not been in contact with someone with a confirmed case of COVID-19.
JBL Offices (St. Albert & Whitehorse):
  • Any office employee of the St. Albert Office, including leadership, is required to work from home unless a physical presence is required for operational efficiency.
  • Any office employee of the Whitehorse Office, including leadership, with the ability to work from home is may do so until further notice.
  • As per local bylaws, face coverings are required by all staff in publicly accessible spaces (i.e. kitchen, boardroom, hallways) and when meeting in others offices (if not able to maintain appropriate physical distancing).
  • Guests and/or visitors must wear a face covering while in the office at all times.
  • No guests or visitors are permitted in any of our offices unless previously scheduled, approved by management and adhering to this policy.
  • All meetings with internal teams, external clients, consultants, trade partners or vendors are to be held via traditional conference calls, Microsoft Teams or other online conference applications as required by clients/consultants.
  • Individuals will be responsible to sanitize their office on a daily basis and record on the Office Cleaning Log.
Travel for Business:
  • All non-essential domestic business travel outside an employee’s home metro-area is suspended.
  • All essential domestic business travel must be pre-approved by senior leadership.
  • Those travelling for personal reasons must inform their supervisor and adhere to the JBL COVID-19 COMPANY POLICY.
  • All individuals returning from out of country must undergo a 14-day self-isolation period, as mandated by the federal government.
  • If possible, only one person will travel per vehicle. When more than one person is required to travel in the same vehicle: do not crowd, maintain as much distance as possible, clean and disinfect any surfaces before you leave, after you get back and any time you change driver or seat positions.
  • Wear gloves when fueling a vehicle.

As the COVID-19 scenario continues to evolve, Johnston Builders is committed to strictly adhering to the recommendations and updates from the World Health Organization (WHO), Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) and applicable Provincial Health Services. Your patience and understanding are requested as we continue to manage the situation within our organization, navigating unforeseen challenges and obstacles as they arise.