Many people across Canada have been home for three to four weeks now, all doing their part to help slow the spread of COVID-19. While essential personnel such as healthcare workers, grocery store clerks, truckers and first responders are still working to keep us safe and healthy, Suncor’s front-line is also working every day to keep our operations running smoothly. The energy we provide is needed to get critical goods and services to healthcare workers, communities, and essential businesses.
We have taken several important steps to protect the health of our people on-site, starting with reducing our staff levels to essential personnel only until further notice. This is in effect at all our operations as well as our office sites. We are trying to ensure that the only people on-site are those who absolutely need to be there to do their job and keep our operations running safely and reliably.
Other steps that we have taken include:
- Asking workers to conduct a self-assessment before coming to work every day to check for symptoms.
- Checking temperatures at our work sites and locations as people enter facilities.
- Implementing physical distancing. Workers are asked to stay two meters (six feet or about a one-moose distance) away from other workers. In situations where it isn’t possible to keep workers two meters apart, we have guidance in place to keep our people safe.
- Emphasizing the importance of personal hygiene regularly, such as hand washing and coughing or sneezing into elbows. We launched an information campaign called Stop The Spread to help keep this top of mind.
- Implementing measures to limit contact during meals and breaks. Examples include separating tables and seating, and reminding workers not to share food or beverages.
We have also implemented additional cleaning and sanitation at all of our sites, focusing on higher touchpoints and traffic areas, and added more wall-mounted hand sanitizer locations.
“We ask our employees to complete a self-assessment before reporting to site every day,” said Shelley Powell, senior vice president at our Base Plant. “If they are experience symptoms consistent with COVID-19, we’re asking them to not come into work, and instead to stay at home and protect our community. Our people are the heart and soul of our company and we’ve implemented many new protocols to ensure their safety – whether that be at the worksite, or when traveling to and from.”