BCIB projects are moving forward – we are actively recruiting for skilled trades workers on our Highway 1 Illecillewaet Project and the Pattullo Bridge Replacement Project.

BCIB’s project workforce expects to grow up to 100+ by June across the two sites.

As such, BCIB is working with the Province of British Columbia, B.C.’s health authorities and the Office of the Provincial Health Officer, in addition to our partners and stakeholders to monitor COVID-19 and work in coordination with the project’s contractor and project owner to review and support COVID-19 infection prevention and control (IPC) protocols on site.

COVID-19 – WHAT BCIB IS DOING

BCIB has engaged subject matter experts to review and provide counsel regarding health and safety programs from the prime contractor including the hazards specific to COVID-19.

BCIB already requires the employer to meet or exceed a comprehensive health and program, and with the additional hazard of COVID-19, BCIB has included new infection prevention and control (IPC) protocols required for the prime contractor on all active CBA projects to meet or exceed.

BCIB also has its own exposure control plan that directs our on-site representatives on how to manage COVID-19 during the onboarding and orientation of project workforce employees.

Furthermore, BCIB is in communication with the Allied Infrastructure Related Construction Council (AIRCC) – coordinating and sharing information related to safeguarding employees on the sites. The AIRCC will review exposure control plans prior to site operations.

BCIB will have on-site leads supporting the workforce in real time and on an ongoing basis. BCIB will also make itself available to support WorkSafe BC workplace inspections.

BCIB is monitoring advice from the Office of the Provincial Health Officer and WorkSafeBC and will continue to address and modify plans accordingly.

OUTREACH AND RECRUITMENT

BCIB has developed a strategy to mobilize our relationships built with equity groups, employment organizations, and Indigenous communities to continue recruitment and outreach through virtual means.

BCIB is completing their outreach and recruitment on social media channels and website highlighting work coming available on CBA projects. To participate in one of BCIB’s virtual information and recruitment sessions you can enroll online here.

COVID-19 AND CONSTRUCTION

Emergency Management BC, in consultation with other government ministries and the Office of the Provincial Health Officer, has established that construction is an essential service. Essential services are those daily services essential to preserving life, health, public safety and basic societal functioning. They are the services British Columbians come to rely on in their daily lives. You can find the full list on essential services here.

The Government of British Columbia has also released an information bulletin which provides guidance to construction site operating during COVID-19.

Dr. Bonnie Henry, provincial health officer, is advising employers to take all necessary precautions to minimize the risks of COVID-19 transmission and illness to themselves and their employees on construction sites.

This includes:

  • Where possible, employees should maintain a distance of two metres apart from each other.
  • Post signage that limits the number of occupants in any elevator to four people at a time.
  • Reduce in-person meetings and other gatherings and hold site meetings in open spaces or outside if possible.
  • Increase the number of handwashing stations and post signage that identifies their location.
  • Maintain a list of employees that are currently working on sites and update this list daily.
  • All common areas and surfaces should be cleaned at the end of each day. Examples include washrooms, shared offices, common tables, desks, light switches and door handles.
  • Anyone with COVID-19-like symptoms, such as a combination of sore throat, fever, sneezing or coughing, must self-isolate at home for 10 days and should be tested for COVID-19.

External Resources

Government of British Columbia, COVID-19 Provincial Support and Information

BC Centre for Disease Control, COVID-19

WorkSafeBC – COVID-19 information and resources

Government of Canada – Coronavirus disease (COVID-19)