Fort McMurray – Oil sands companies continue to work with Alberta Health Services (AHS) to enhance their respective pandemic plans and procedures to ensure the safety and health of our workforce and our communities.

AHS has created an Oil Sands Industrial Work Camp Management Group, and a 24 hour phone line to work with industry partners to share information, recommendations and address concerns throughout the COVID -19 pandemic.

OSCA members have taken aggressive measures to reduce the risk of COVID-19 exposure over the past few weeks and are following AHS-mandated guidance. This includes implementing screening procedures, self-isolation protocols as well as enhanced workplace hygiene and cleaning.

Member companies have implemented physical distancing in the workplace and on buses/flights. Additionally, companies now require employees to wear masks on flights and buses as well as on some areas on site.

We have worked with AHS to formulate guidelines based on current best-practice/evidence-based procedures for COVID-19 outbreak control and management. Oil sands companies and camp operators have developed rapid response plans to support the management of symptomatic individuals, and to facilitate prompt outbreak preparation and response. These have been submitted to AHS as per the updated camp guidance document.

The oil sands industry was deemed an essential service during this pandemic. As the province rolls out its relaunch strategy, companies will continue to operate with site-critical staff and work with AHS to maintain procedures and protocols to ensure the safety and health of our workforce and our communities.

For more information contact:

Karim Zariffa, Executive Director, Oil Sands Community Alliance

(780) 742-3409

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