COVID-19 Response April 7 2020
FIRE ANT CONTRACTING COVID-19 COMMUNICATION:
As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to develop, Fire Ant Contracting has been working hard to ensure the health and safety of our team, their families and our clients while still working to provide quality, timely services. We have put internal policies in place that are consistent with local, provincial and federal efforts and mandates to prevent the spread of the virus. Although the situation changes daily, below is a brief summary of what Fire Ant Contracting has done to date:
-Communicated a formal, written Coronavirus Exposure Control Plan and Safe Work Procedures to our entire staff.
-Required self-isolation for any staff that are showing symptoms consistent with COVID-19.
-Enforcing social distancing policies on work sites, meetings and in our office. We have implemented training for enhanced hygiene practices which help limit the potential spread of the virus.
-Increased cleaning and disinfecting of surfaces in our offices, vehicles and work sites especially those which are subject to frequent contact.
-Prepared a small survey that our staff, trade partners, clients and visitors to identify potential health concerns and develop plans on a case-by-case basis for carrying out our required work.
-Instructed staff to carry out any additional cleaning measures where permissible and appropriate in homes and business where we are working.
Fire Ant Contracting remains a full staff and are prepared to respond to new concerns and continue to work on our existing projects. As additional preventative measures are put in place, by the appropriate governing bodies, we will work hard to keep our communication up to date with all our staff, trade partners and clients.
We would like to note that should you require any emergency clean-ups or decontamination following known or suspected cases of the virus, Fire Ant Contracting is ready and able to provide you with those services. Through our IICRC trained staff, we have the skills, expertise and resources to safely and effectively decontaminate residential, commercial and industrial properties.
We would like to wish your teams and families all the best as we navigate these challenging times. Please don’t hesitate to contact our office with any questions, concerns, or to book your cleaning, project quote, renovation quote or our maintenance service.
COR Certified - What It Means
A Certificate of Recognition is given to employers that meet the provincial standards for health and safety. To become COR certified an employer has to put a program in place and have it audited by a qualified specialist. The certification is maintained by repeat audits after the first year and then every three years. Health and safety has always been a major priority for Fire Ant Contracting. We are proud to carry the COR badge as of May, 2017.
Our health and safety management system considers every individual who steps foot on our jobsite. With our sign-in sheets we know who is coming and going and who is still on-site. We keep safety equipment including fire extinguishers on-site at all times and in multiple locations if necessary. Appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE) must be used by all employees and any persons visiting the jobsite. Signage is put in place to identify hazards and promote procedural safety measures.
We believe that jobsite safety is facilitated through education. Training and proper supervision within our own team reduces mistakes on every level. We also work with homeowners so that they know what will be happening in their home at all times and what will be expected of them while work is taking place. Another key factor is communication. We maintain open lines at all times for homeowners and building residents. If something appears unusual we want to know about it right away. Our team members are also trained to identify issues and proactively get the word out.
If you have any questions about health and safety during the renovation process please don’t hesitate to ask. In the end safety depends on cooperation on all sides. Our COR certification demonstrates our commitment.