Last week, in an ongoing effort to fight COVID-19, the Government of Alberta announced that all non-essential services must close. At this time, this does not include construction (including residential) as it has been identified as an essential service. As projects continue to move forward, it is important to remember that this could change at any time. For the latest information refer to government resources.
The Government of Alberta and public will be watching jobsites. Companies, trades and suppliers are expected to be following the COVID-19 protocols in addition to regular safety practices. During this unprecedented time, it is critical that safe work procedures
are communicated and enforced to help protect employees and prevent the spread of COVID-19.
BILD Alberta has compiled a document highlighting practices and procedures to use on every jobsite, regardless of scale. The tips and best practices are based on information provided by public health authorities, member companies and other associations. This document will be updated periodically.
Worksites could be shutdown at any point if government deems it necessary to do so – keep this in mind when planning any upcoming work. Limited notice may be provided to protect the integrity of completed work and leave the site in a safe condition until work resumes. Have a contingency plan in place that reflects that rapid nature in which things are changing.
BILD Alberta is working daily with the Government of Alberta to support their efforts to contain COVID-19 while facilitating ongoing construction projects. We will continue to provide updates as things change. We will get through this together. Stay healthy and safe!