Our people have an important role in providing the energy needed to get critical goods and services to healthcare workers, communities, and essential businesses. While we’ve reduced staffing levels to those essential to keep our operations running safely and reliably, some of our people continue to go to work, and for some, this requires air travel.
As one of our increased precautions, we are doing temperature screening for all workers traveling to northern Alberta on a Suncor charter flight. Prior to checking in to their flights with WestJet, all workers go to the designated Suncor screening areas in the Calgary, Edmonton and Saskatoon airports.
“This is one of the additional steps we’re putting in place to ensure we all do our part to keep our workforce healthy and safe while helping slow the spread of the virus,” says Mike Haig, vice president, project resources in the Strategy & Operations Services group, and now one of the Incident Commanders in the Calgary Emergency Operations Centre for Suncor’s COVID-19 response.
Suncor’s aviation team is working closely with WestJet, our airline partner, and local airport authorities to support implementation of any Public Health Canada or Alberta Public Health guidance. WestJet has implemented two additional hospital-grade disinfecting products to aircraft grooming protocol and they are used on all contact surfaces (seat belts, armrest, window, trays).
“Our communications and field logistics teams have done a great job making sure our people are aware of these new procedures before they arrive at the airport,” says Anouska Spencer, general manager, category management. “Everyone has responded with positivity that these measures are in place. They appreciate it’s keeping them safe.”
Our team at the Edmonton airport, ready to check temperatures.