May 19, 2020

UPDATED: COVID-19 Preparedness FAQs

We have received a number of questions about preparations LNG Canada and JGC Fluor (JFJV) are taking with respect to potential novel coronavirus (COVID-19) risks, at our worksite and the off-site worker accommodations we use throughout the region, and in the local community. We can assure you that together we are taking prudent measures to help reduce the potential spread of the virus.

Vince Kenny, LNG Canada Construction Manager

Berni Molz, JGC Fluor Construction Director

Updated May 19

What is LNG Canada doing to reduce COVID-19 risks to the community and workforce?

The following infographic outlines some of the key measures LNG Canada and JGC Fluor (JFJV) are taking to reduce the risk of COVID-19:

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What is LNG Canada doing to reduce COVID-19 risks to the community and workforce?
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If operations were reduced to critical levels, what type of work would continue?

Essential work includes: Environmentally sensitive work that can only be completed during limited seasonal windows; work scopes that are a regulatory requirement; schedule-sensitive activities; offloading of equipment and materials already on its way to Kitimat.

What is LNG Canada doing to reduce the COVID-19 risk associated with commuting to work?

Commuter traffic has been reduced significantly. For those people still commuting, these are the steps they must take when moving to and from lodging and the worksite:

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What actions are being taken in response to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak?

LNG Canada and our Engineering, Procurement and Construction contractor, JFJV, continue to closely monitor and respond to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) situation. Our core focus remains on protecting the health, safety and well-being of First Nations and community stakeholders living adjacent to our project site in Kitimat and in Terrace, and workers on site who may be at risk of exposure.

JFJV continues to formally communicate to its workforce and subcontractors actions to mitigate the risks of COVID-19.

Preventing the spread of infection and protecting the health, safety and well-being of local communities and workers at site is our primary focus, and the first step to combating COVID-19. Together with JFJV and our lodging providers, we have launched specific hygiene campaigns across the project; these include information about effective hand washing practices and cough etiquette, and good workplace practices including the frequent cleaning of common touch points such as doorknobs, handles, and tabletops.

In addition, we continue to train and educate project personnel on proper protocol for safely managing a presumptive illness at site.

Effective management of communicable diseases, including COVID-19, is a key part of our Health Management Plans, developed in consultation with Northern Health, the regional health authority. We continue to work with Northern Health to stay up to date on required protocols for identification, testing, and quarantine of suspected cases, and LNG Canada and JFJV are working collaboratively with contractors, medical staff and lodging operators to further align and embed procedures across the project.

What happens if someone working at the site thinks they might have the virus?

Should anyone at our site report symptoms consistent with a COVID-19 diagnosis, they are required to inform their line manager or site supervisor immediately. If they are staying at worker accommodations nearby, we have asked them to contact medical facilities within the lodge. Each individual will then be assessed and quarantined in accordance with protocols provided by local health authorities.

Should there be a potential or confirmed case at any of the lodgings, LNG Canada, JFJV and our lodging providers will activate isolation and quarantine procedures and ensure the individual is isolated and quarantined for 14 days, as per direction from Northern Health. Should a worker require further medical treatment, LNG Canada and JFJV and our lodging operators will follow Northern Health’s guidance for treatment.

What steps are being taken to protect people living in worker accommodation centres?

We are working closely with all Workforce Accommodations Providers and with Northern Health to understand the potential threat of COVID-19 on the worker population, with a focus on promoting hygiene and preparing for the potential COVID-19 impacts.

All accommodation operators have increased cleaning and sanitizing regiments, and hand washing is mandatory before people enter any dining room and lunchroom areas.

All workers have been directed to use elevated levels of hygiene to reduce their risk of exposure, both personally and at work. This includes frequent hand washing, covering their mouth with a tissue when coughing or sneezing, avoiding touching their face with their hands if they haven’t been washed, and using sanitizing wipes to clean surfaces.

What about marine transportation? Is there a risk that people aboard ships may bring the virus to shore?

We closely follow Transport Canada guidelines for foreign-flagged shipping. We, and our shipping contractors, adhere to the federal government’s directives, ensuring that crews and shipments travelling between Asia and our project site do not put communities and workers at risk.

Foreign crews arriving at Terminal B do not disembark from the cargo ship when they are in the Port of Kitimat (only exceptions being humanitarian and other events per international conventions, and the Chief Officer and crew undertaking cargo discharge.) Foreign crews to our site are not undertaking crew changes and they are not disembarking from their ship for sightseeing or recreational proposes. This approach mitigates the risk of any potential transmission (of COVID-19 or another virus).

Long-established protocols for visiting ships require them to declare any sick persons onboard, before they arrive in Canada. They must also officially inform government authorities through the 96 Hour PAIR (Pre-Arrival Information Reporting) when seeking permission to enter and berth at a port in Canada. In addition, some shippers have initiated daily health checks for all crew members for the entirety of their sailings. For more information please read Transport Canada’s updated guidelines for health reporting.

Do workers at site have access to their own food supplies in the event there are shortages in our communities?

All food supplies - including perishables – for workers at site are purchased through large regional and global suppliers, such as Sysco and GFS. Community food supplies are not at risk.




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