OUR STRENGTH IS OUR PEOPLE.

To all of our friends and Clients in the Industry;

The health and safety of everyone are paramount; thus, our offices remain closed to walk-in to visitors and Clients, and our employees are continuing to work from home.

We remain operational and can be contacted via telephone or email; our commitment to you has not changed, and we want to assure you that we are still very much here to support your projects.

Thank you for your loyalty. If you have any questions, please contact me.

Best Regards,
Cad

Chris Dougherty, P.Eng.
Chairman, Nordmin Group
Consulting Specialist - Mining Systems

NORDMIN GROUP OF COMPANIES
160 Logan Av., Thunder Bay, ON, Canada P7A 6R1
T: 807.683.1731 | C: 807.472.7330

chris.dougherty@nordmin.com

www.nordmin.com

The following guidelines are in effect for our employees:

1. Intent

This guide was developed to help ensure the safety of Nordmin’s employees and prevent the spread of COVID-19 in the workplace. The precautionary measures have been developed using advice and information obtained from the World Health Organization and the government of Canada.

2. Guidelines

Our organization will work to achieve a workplace that follows all precautionary measures identified by applicable governmental bodies and public health authorities to reduce the spread of the COVID-19.

Employee Responsibilities

All employees should ensure they understand and comply with the infection prevention guides and practices outlined within this guide.

Hand Hygiene

  • Wash hands frequently. Thoroughly wash hands with an alcohol-based rub or with soap and water. Wash hands for at least 20 seconds.
  • Avoid touching your face (specifically your eyes, nose, and mouth) as much as possible.
  • Cover your mouth when coughing, sneezing, and yawning by doing so into the bend of your arm, not your hand.
  • Avoid touching surfaces people touch often.
  • Instead of a handshake, give a friendly wave or elbow bump.
  • Use any necessary personal protective equipment as directed.

Workspace Cleaning

Use appropriate products provided by NORDMIN ENGINEERING LTD to clean and disinfect items like your desk, work surface, phones, keyboards, and electronics at least twice daily and more often if they are visibly soiled.

Physical Distancing

  • Keep a distance of at least two metres between you and anyone else, including your co-workers and clients.
  • Reduce or eliminate activities that require close physical proximity or contact with people, such as team meetings.

Limit any necessary personal proximity to others that is closer than two metres to the shortest time possible.

Self-Isolation

If you have a symptom of COVID-19 or think you might have such a symptom, do not come to work. It is critical that if you have at least one symptom of COVID-19 (fever, cough, or difficulty breathing), or even mild symptoms, you must stay home to avoid spreading any illness to others. Mild symptoms may be similar to a cold or flu.

Additional actions you should take include:

  • Immediately isolating yourself to prevent any possible spread of COVID-19;
  • Contacting your local public health authority and follow their advice;
  • Notifying the company by email; and
  • Remaining away from work until you have been advised to return by your public health authority, normally after a minimum of 14 days.

You need to self-isolate if you:

  • Have symptoms, even if mild, associated with COVID-19;
  • Have been diagnosed with COVID-19;
  • Are waiting for laboratory test results after being tested for COVID-19; or
  • Have been advised to self-isolate by your regional public health authority.

Self-isolating means:

  • Staying home until the regional public health authority says you are no longer at risk of spreading the virus; and
  • Avoiding contact with others.

If your symptoms worsen, immediately contact your healthcare provider or public health authority and follow their instructions.

Developing Symptoms at Work

If you develop even mild symptoms while at work:

  • Separate yourself from others.
  • Contact your manager using a telephone or by e-mail, stating your location.
  • Notify your manager where you worked that day;
  • Disclose any interactions with fellow staff, customers, or others; and

Immediately go home and start self-isolating. Do not return to work until your public health authority advises it is safe to do so. The quarantine period will likely last a minimum of 14 days.

Employer Responsibilities

To ensure that NORDMIN ENGINEERING LTD continues to provide a healthy and safe workplace, the following measures have been implemented. In addition, NORDMIN ENGINEERING LTD continues to stay updated on guidelines and information provided from the World Health Organization and the government of Canada, and on measures implemented at a provincial level.

  • Use the risk-informed decision-making guidelines for workplaces and businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic to help develop guides and procedures.
  • Continue to communicate with staff and customers about COVID-19, including the measures we are taking to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
  • Post signs asking ill clients, visitors, delivery persons (all non-employees) to stay away from the premises.
  • Post signs encouraging good respiratory hygiene, hand hygiene, and other healthy practices.
  • Where feasible, implement measures to reduce social contact, such as teleworking arrangements, flexible hours, staggering start times, encouraging the use of e-mail, and teleconferencing.
  • All non-essential meetings or travel are postponed until clearance received from the government of Canada or the local health authority.
  • Continually evaluate the workplace for areas where people have frequent contact with each other and shared spaces and objects to look at measures to reduce contact.
  • Ensure increased cleaning of high-contact areas.
  • Minimize interactions between clients and employees.
  • Implement and follow increased cleaning guidelines:
    • Make hand sanitizer available at all entries, kitchens, and common areas
    • Clean and disinfect all high-traffic areas and frequently touched areas (such as door handles, fridge handles, microwaves, printers, photocopiers) twice daily.
    • Provide cleaning wipes that are at least 70% alcohol to ensure proper disinfection, or use other approved disinfectant sprays and solutions in common areas and workspaces for employees to clean workspaces.

Work-Related Travel

  • Non-essential travel is postponed until further notice.
  • Essential workers are not required to self-isolate for 14 days after work-related travel, but must self-monitor closely for symptoms, and self-isolate immediately if they develop even mild symptoms.

Travelling by vehicle

  • If you are travelling by vehicle with another person (s), masks must be worn while you are in the vehicle.
  • Upon returning the vehicle, you will be required to sanitize all surfaces that have been touched with the disinfecting wipes provided.

Self-Monitoring

You need to self-monitor if you have no symptoms but may have been exposed to COVID-19 in the last 14 days, are in close contact with elderly people or medically vulnerable people, or have been instructed to self-monitor by your public health authority.

Self-monitoring means to:

  • Monitor yourself for 14 days for symptoms of respiratory illness, such as cough, fever, and difficulty breathing; and
  • Avoid crowded places and increase your personal space from others whenever possible

If you develop symptoms, self-isolate immediately and contact your public health authority as soon as possible.

Assessment Resources

If you are having difficulty breathing or experiencing other severe symptoms, call 911 immediately. Advise them of your symptoms and travel history.
If you are concerned about COVID-19 exposure, you can use an online self-assessment tool to determine whether you are likely infected. Please visit the appropriate provincial government websites for self-assessments.