International Timberframes (ITF) is committed to providing a safe and healthy workplace for all our employees. A combination of measures will be used to reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission in our workplace as we resume the “new normal” level of operations. Our Safety Plan will protect not only our own members, but also others who enter our premises. All ITF employees and visitors must follow the procedures outlined in this plan to prevent or reduce exposure to COVID-19.
ITF Safety Plan has been developed in consultation with the Health and Safety Committee and other team members and is based on guidance published by the Provincial Health Officer and WorkSafeBC:
- Offices: Protocols for returning to operation
- Construction and COVID-19 safety
- Six-step process described at COVID-19 and returning to safe operations
- Current Case Numbers and Information Here
This document will be updated as new information becomes available. Published: July, 2020.
HEALTH HAZARDS OF COVID-19
What is COVID-19?
Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) is an infectious disease caused by a newly discovered coronavirus. While many of the characteristics of COVID-19 are still unknown, mild to severe illness has been reported for confirmed cases. It can take up to 14 days for the symptoms to appear after exposure to the virus.
The symptoms of COVID-19 are similar to other respiratory illnesses including the flu and common cold. They include: fever, chills, cough, shortness of breath, sore throat and painful swallowing, stuffy or runny nose, loss of sense of smell, headache, muscle aches, fatigue and loss of appetite. Other symptoms have been reported such as skin rash and gastrointestinal symptoms.
Coronaviruses are most commonly spread from an infected person through:
- respiratory droplets when you cough or sneeze
- close personal contact, such as touching or shaking hands
- touching something with the virus on it (such as tools, tables, coffee machine, doorknobs, telephones etc), then touching your eyes, nose or mouth before washing your hands
These viruses are not known to spread through ventilation systems or through water.
REDUCING THE RISK OF PERSON-TO-PERSON TRANSMISSION
To reduce the risk of COVID-19 spreading through droplets in the air, it is necessary to implement protocols to protect against the identified risks. Different protocols offer different levels of protection. Wherever possible, the protocol that offers the highest level of protection should be used. Second, third, or fourth level protocols are considered if the first level isn’t practicable or doesn’t completely control the risk. In some cases more than one level of controls may be needed to address the risk. WorkSafeBC has described the order in how to reduce the risk in the Hierarchy Of Controls: