Preventing the spread of COVID-19 in the workplace is extremely important. The forestry sector is a key part
the economy, for people and communities across Canada. Learn how to reduce the risks by applying these
and safety measures at your work site.
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Description: Prevent the Spread of
COVID-19: Guidance for the Forestry Sector
The risk of contracting COVID-19 increases
in situations where people are in closed spaces (especially with poor ventilation) and
crowded places with
people from outside their immediate household. Use multiple
preventive practices at once (in a layered
approach) to protect yourself and others from COVID-19. It is also important that you
are trained and understand
all the applicable COVID-19 health and safety procedures you must follow at your work
Isolate or quarantine:
if you have
if you have been exposed to someone who is sick, if
travelled outside Canada, or if you test positive for COVID-19. COVID-19symptoms Screen daily for COVID-19 symptoms
if you have
wear a medical mask, tell your supervisor, stay home
or return home
(preferably not by public transit), and call your health care provider and
health authority. COVID-19symptoms Maintain physical distancing
maintain the greatest physical distance possible from other people (at least
including during breaks and meals.
hold meetings and training sessions in small groups and maintain physical
possible, use your computer or cell phone to reduce the number of in person
Wear a well-fitted and well-constructed mask:
when you’re in a shared space (indoors or outdoors) with other workers and
outside of your immediate household.
when physical distancing cannot be consistently maintained.
when required by your local public health authority.
Practice good hygiene
wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
use hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
Clean and disinfect often
surfaces that are shared and touched a lot including mobile equipment, work
tools, and equipment.
surfaces in washrooms, kitchens, trailers, break areas, etc.
Well ventilated buildings
open windows and doors (if possible).
make sure that the heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) system
applicable) is working properly and is well maintained.
Small work cohorts
you may be placed into smaller crews that work, travel, eat and stay
together at the same
work camp (if applicable).
maintain physical distancing and wear masks (all passengers and drivers).
increase the amount of fresh outside air entering the vehicle by opening the
(weather permitting) and setting the ventilation to outside air.
wash or sanitize hands before and after travel.
provide a rapid response if a worker develops symptoms of COVID-19.
discontinue buffet service, stagger mealtimes, and rearrange tables to
provide private sleeping quarters wherever possible (for shared sleeping
the beds at least 2 metres apart).
ensure the HVAC system is working properly and is well maintained.
provide mental health support resources to all employees.
recent surveys have shown that some Canadians have increased their
consumption of alcohol and drugs during the pandemic.
fatigue and other life stressors can also cause impairment.
working while impaired may introduce a hazard to the workplace.
employers should have
policies and programs
in place, take steps to educate
the dangers of impairment, and have support services such as an Employee
available Workers can discuss questions or concerns with their:
supervisor or employer.
health and safety committee or representative.
health and safety regulator
in your province or territory.
Document last updated on: 2021-04-26