CCG/6102 National Standard Operating Procedure (NSOP)
530 Safe and healthy workplace procedures
Original: 2023-06-13 Revised: n/a Approved by David Musseau, Director General, Coast Guard Personnel, on June 13, 2023.
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This national standard operating procedure (NSOP) is to focus on the promotion of safe and healthy workplaces.
General guidance is provided to help limit the spread of infectious diseases in the workplace, including COVID-19, respiratory syncytial virus (RSV), influenza and the common cold, to ensure the continued delivery of services. This NSOP applies to all Canadian Coast Guard (CCG) personnel, supernumeraries, and visitors to all CCG controlled facilities, vessels, helicopters and vehicles (herein after referred to as CCG facilities).
This NSOP sets a minimum standard for procedures with respect to the maintenance of safe and healthy workplaces. To maintain operational readiness and/or align with local public health advice, regions or programs may prescribe additional measures for staff or visitors based on operational needs.
It is expected that all personnel exercise fair and reasonable judgement in evaluating health and safety risks in the workplace. In this context, it is important to demonstrate respect for the choices made by others regarding matters of personal health and risk tolerance.
All personnel, supernumeraries and visitors must follow best practices with regard to preventing the spread of infectious diseases, including regular hand washing, vessel sanitation, as well as sneezing and coughing etiquette.
This NSOP does not supersede or nullify existing policies regarding employee sick leave. In the event an employee is sick and unable to work, existing sick leave procedures apply and/or appropriate isolation measures should be used.
Specific procedures are provided below for personnel and supernumeraries, employees hosting visitors to CCG facilities, and employees engaging with contractors. As this procedure is intended to cover a wide variety of situations, it is not possible to cover all scenarios comprehensively. For specific circumstances not covered by this procedure, the employee should discuss with their manager.
|2.||If an employee is sick and unable to work, existing sick leave procedures apply. Fleet employees and supernumeraries aboard vessels who are sick and unable to work should be isolated until symptoms resolve, or until they can return to shore.|
|2.||If the potential visitor is symptomatic, the employee should consider whether the visit can be postponed or conducted in virtual manner. The preference is to not have symptomatic visitors at CCG facilities unless operationally necessary.|
|3.||When establishing new contracts that will involve contractors entering CCG facilities, consideration should be given to incorporating appropriate public health measures into the contract language to promote a safe and healthy workplace.|
Enquiries regarding this procedure should be directed to:
- Director General, Personnel
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