Policy for COVID-19
Exposure Prevention, Preparedness, and Response

Sidhu & Sons Nursery takes the health and safety of our employees very seriously. With  the spread of the coronavirus or “COVID-19,” a respiratory disease caused by the SARS CoV-2 virus, we must remain vigilant in mitigating the outbreak. In order to be safe and  maintain operations, we have developed this COVID-19 Exposure Prevention, Preparedness,  and Response Policy. 

This Policy is based on information available from the Work Safe BC at the time of its  development, and is subject to change based on further information provided by the Work  safe BC and other public officials. Sidhu & Sons Nursery may also amend this Policy based  on operational needs.

I. Responsibilities of Managers and Supervisors 

All managers and supervisors must be familiar with this Policy and be ready to answer  questions from employees. Managers and supervisors must set a good example by following  this Plan at all times. This involves practicing good personal hygiene and jobsite safety  practices to prevent the spread of the virus. Managers and supervisors must encourage this  same behavior from all employees.

II. Responsibilities of Employees 

Sidhu & Sons Nursery is asking every one of our employees to help with our prevention  efforts while at work. In order to minimize the spread of COVID-19 at our jobsite, everyone  must play their part. As set forth below, Sidhu & Sons Nursery has instituted various  housekeeping, social distancing, and other best practices at our jobsites. All employees must  follow these. In addition, employees are expected to report to their managers or supervisors  if they are experiencing signs or symptoms of COVID-19, as described below. If you have a  specific question about this Plan or COVID-19, please ask your manager or supervisor. If  they cannot answer the question, please contact head office. 

Work Safe BC has provided the following control and preventative guidance for all workers,  regardless of exposure risk: 

  • Frequently wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. When  soap and running water are unavailable, use an alcohol-based hand rub with at  least 70% alcohol.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands. 
  • No handshaking or other close contact at work. 
  • Follow appropriate respiratory etiquette, which includes covering for coughs and  sneezes. 

In addition, employees must familiarize themselves with the symptoms of COVID-19, which  include the following:  

  • Coughing; 
  • Fever; 
  • Shortness of breath, difficulty breathing; and 
  • Early symptoms such as chills, body aches, sore throat, headache, diarrhea,  nausea/vomiting, and runny nose.  

If you develop a fever and symptoms of respiratory illness, such as cough or shortness of  breath, DO NOT GO TO WORK and call your supervisor and healthcare provider right  away. Likewise, if you come into close contact with someone showing these symptoms, call  your supervisor and healthcare provider right away. 

III. Measures to reduce the risk 

Sidhu & Sons Nursery has instituted the following protective measures at all worksites.

A. General Safety Policies and Rules 

  • Any employee/customer/visitor showing symptoms of COVID-19 will be asked to  leave the jobsite and return home. 
  • During any in-person meetings, avoid gathering in groups of more than 6 people  and participants must remain at least six (6) feet apart. 
  • Employees must avoid physical contact with others and shall direct others (co workers/customers/visitors) to increase personal space to at least six (6) feet,  where possible. 
  • Employees will be encouraged to stagger breaks and lunches, if practicable, to  reduce the size of any group at any one time in accordance with established  occupancy limits. 
  • We understands that due to the nature of our work, access to running water for  hand washing may be impracticable. In these situations, Sidhu & Sons Nursery  will provide, if available, alcohol-based hand sanitizers.  
  • Employees should limit the use of co-workers’ tools and equipment. To the extent  tools must be shared, Sidhu & Sons Nursery will provide alcohol-based sanitizer  to clean tools before use. When cleaning tools and equipment, consult  manufacturing recommendations for proper cleaning techniques and restrictions. 
  • Additionally all RTVs, Gators, Tractors, Forklifts, Trucks, Doorknobs, workshop,  office, lunch rooms will be disinfected with alcohol-based sanitizers at either the  end or beginning of each day. 
  • Employees are encouraged to use masks all the time when working together while  loading trucks, filling racks and potting plants etc. 
  • Employees are encouraged to minimize ride-sharing. While in vehicles,  employees must ensure adequate distancing or wear face mask/coverings. 
  • If practicable, each employee should use/drive the same vehicle or piece of  equipment for entire shift.  
  • Workers should wash hands immediately before starting shift, going on break,  before and after going to toilet and after completing shift with liquid soap or hand  sanitizers.

B. Visitors

  • The number of visitors to the job site, or office, will be limited to only those  necessary for operations and on the occupancy limit of job site.  
  • Main entrance signage will be posted indicating that workers and visitors with  symptoms are restricted from entering the job site. 
  • Ensure Supervisors have trained for monitoring workers and workplace ensure  policies and procedures are followed 
  • Visitors will be asked to follow social distancing protocol while on site.
  • Site deliveries will be permitted but should be properly coordinated in line with  the employer’s minimal contact and cleaning protocols. Delivery personnel  should remain in their vehicles if at all possible.  

C. Personal Protective Equipment and Work Practice Controls 

  • In addition to regular PPE for workers engaged in various tasks (fall protection,  safety glasses, hearing protection), Sidhu & Sons Nursery will also provide: 
  • Face mask: Face coverings, homemade cloth mask can be worn if taken home  and washed daily. 
  • If your mask get wet, soiled or damaged, replace it immediately. 
  • Surgical masks are single use items that should not be cleaned and reused. 
  • NOTE: The WORKSAFEBC is currently not recommending that healthy  people wear N95 respirators to prevent the spread of COVID-19.  

Nevertheless, employees must wear N95 respirators if required by the work  and if available.

IV. Job Site Cleaning and Disinfecting 

Sidhu & Sons Nursery has instituted regular housekeeping practices, which include cleaning  and disinfecting frequently used tools and equipment, and other elements of the work  environment, where possible. Employees should regularly do the same in their assigned  work areas.  

  • Work stations and break/lunchroom areas will be cleaned at least once a day and  high-contact surfaces twice a day. Employees performing cleaning will be issued  proper personal protective equipment (“PPE”), such as nitrile gloves & mask to  protect them from cleaning chemicals.  
  • Portable toilets and bathrooms will be disinfected at least once a day. 
  • Vehicles and equipment/tools should be cleaned at least once per day and before  change in operator or rider. 
  • Sidhu & Sons Nursery will ensure that any disinfection shall be conducted  using a solution with at least 70% alcohol. 

V. Jobsite Exposure Situations 

  • Employee Exhibits COVID-19 Symptoms 
    • If an employee exhibits COVID-19 symptoms, the employee will be asked to wash or  sanitize their hands, be provided with a mask and be isolated in job site first aid room. The  worker will be asked to go straight home and instructed to use “BC Covid-19 self – assessment tool” or call 811 for further guidance related to testing and self-isolation. If the  worker is severely ill (eg. Difficulty breathing, chest pain) 911 will be called.
  • Employee Tests Positive for COVID-19 
    • An employee who tests positive for COVID-19 will be directed to self-quarantine away from  work. Employees that tested positive and are symptom free may return to work provided  they have documentation from Health Officer/Health Provider clearing his or her return to  work.
  • Employee Has Close Contact with an Individual Who Has Tested Positive for  COVID-19 
    • Employees who have come into close contact with an individual who has tested positive for  COVID-19 (co-worker or otherwise) need to monitor for symptoms and immediately self isolate if symptoms develop. They should also contact their Health Officer/Health Provider/8-1-1 to determine any necessary next steps. 
    • Sidhu & Sons Nursery will notify the local Medical Health Officer if more than one worker  shows signs of illness. 
    • Sidhu & Sons Nursery will ensure that the following workers do not come to work and begin  self-isolation. 
      • Workers who are ill, whether or not the illness has been confirmed as COVID-19. – Workers with COVID-19 like symptoms must begin self-isolation and be reassessed  for when they can return to work. 
      • Workers who share a residence with a person who has been exposed to COVID-19. – Workers arriving in Canada must quarantine for 14 days before starting work.

VII. Confidentiality/Privacy 

Except for circumstances in which Sidhu & Sons Nursery is legally required to report  workplace occurrences of communicable disease, the confidentiality of all medical  conditions will be maintained in accordance with applicable law and to the extent practical  under the circumstances. When it is required, the number of persons who will be informed  that an unnamed employee has tested positive will be kept to the minimum needed to comply  with reporting requirements and to limit the potential for transmission to others. Sidhu &  Sons Nursery reserves the right to inform other employees that an unnamed co-worker has  been diagnosed with COVID-19 if the other employees might have been exposed to the  disease so the employees may take measures to protect their own health. Briggs Nursery also  reserves the right to inform sub-contractors, vendors/suppliers or visitors that an unnamed  employee has been diagnosed with COVID-19 if they might have been exposed to the  disease so those individuals may take measures to protect their own health. 

VIII. General Questions 

Given the fast-developing nature of the COVID-19 outbreak, Sidhu & Sons Nursery may  modify this Plan on a case by case basis. If you have any questions concerning this Plan,  please contact Head Office.