BILD Alberta is monitoring the government restrictions and is committed to communicating relevant industry information to members.
BILD Alberta continues to assess the recent restrictions implemented by the Government of Alberta and seek clarity on the specifics. Due to the overwhelming amount of inquiries Alberta Health Services is receiving, it may be difficult to get all of industry’s questions answered in a timely manner. BILD Alberta will continue to update members as more information is made available.
The following is BILD Alberta’s current understanding / interpretation of the rules and some general recommendations for member companies. It is not BILD Alberta's intent or role to mandate requirements to members. The goal is to provide member companies with the necessary information to help them navigate current restrictions.
Implementing enhanced protocols has and will continue to be critical in protecting employee and customer health while allowing the construction industry, showhomes and other operational areas to continue through this period.
Member Shared Resources
The following documents are examples of the safety practices our builder members have implemented to reduce the spread of COVID-19 on worksites. These are working documents and are subject to change.
• PPE (masks) and physical distancing in place for all workers
• Limit the number of trades per site/home
• Pre-shift COVID questionnaires/screening advisable
• Provide hand washing stations
• Where possible do not share equipment/sanitize after use
• Remind workers of enhanced COVID safety protocols already in place
• Members have shared their enhanced safety protocols (bottom of page)
Showhomes/Design Centres/Sales Centres
• Limited to appointment only - This is the current interpretation provided to BILD Alberta by the Government of Alberta. We will be engaging Alberta Health Services for further clarification and advise members through a special bulletin should this change.
• COVID questionnaires advisable for all visitors
• PPE (masks) to be worn by all staff and visitors
• Physical distancing of at least 2m wherever possible
• Limit the number of visitors per appointment
• Visitors should be from the same household
• Where possible, employees should work from home.
• Employees not working from home require masks at the office unless seated in a private office or cubicle.
• Reduce capacity/number of people working from office.
• No indoor social gathering in any setting (private homes, public spaces or workplaces) – work meetings are not social gatherings, but attendance should be limited and public health measures followed.
• COVID questionnaires for homeowners prior to visit are advisable
• PPE (masks) and physical distancing for employees and homeowners
As of November 13, the Government of Alberta announced targeted health measures to help stop the spread of COVID-19. Everyone plays an important role helping reduce the transmission of the virus. It is imperative our industry continues to adhere to safety guidelines established this spring to protect the vulnerable and break the chain of spread.
Indoor Mask Use in Workplaces
Wear a mask in all indoor work settings, except when alone in a workspace or an appropriate barrier is in place. This includes:
- while attending in-person meetings
- any time you leave your desk or barrier/partition:
- when in the washroom
- getting a coffee
- heating up your lunch
- moving in a hallway
Office Settings to Reduce Employees in Workplace at the Same Time
Employers are strongly encouraged to implement options such as rotating schedules or enabling staff to work remotely to reduce the number of employees in a workplace at a time.
On March 27, the Government of Alberta announced the closure of all non-essential services. At this time, it DOES NOT include the construction industry. It is a privilege that our members can continue to operate under strict compliance with enhanced safety and health measures.
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This sections outlines how CHBA National is engaging with government and stakeholders to inform further responses and support you during this challenging time.
Key Government Measures
This section summarizes key measures taken by the federal government to support Canadians and businesses during the COVID-19 epidemic.
Draft Guidelines for Operating during COVID-19
This is a living document, open for discussion and input from members across the country who are on jobsites and adjusting their business practices to follow the recommendations and requirements of their local health authorities, while also finding innovative ways to be most efficient, productive and safe.
Best Practices for Business Owners
A list of best practices for business owners to consider during the current pandemic as well as any future event.
Resources related to COVID-19 for members and HBAs.