What direction have we provided our staff with respect to preventative hygiene?
Besides the mandatory food handling and public health guidelines training all our staff goes under periodically, we have introduced policies, guidelines, mandatory actions and supporting documents about COVID-19 to our staff, among them:
Mandatory “No Bare Hands” Policy to all the staff that is in contact with food, where a new pair of gloves must be worn when:
- Changing tasks (e.g. moving to a new work station, after handling raw meats, before handling ready-to-eat foods).
- After covering mouth during sneezing or coughing, blowing nose, or touching hair.
- The same gloves must not to be worn for more than 3 hours.
Hand Washing Policy: Before and after handling raw meat, poultry and seafood. After using the restroom. Touching hair, face, body, clothes or apron. After sneezing, coughing or using a tissue. Smoking, eating, drinking or chewing gum.
Sanitizing vs Cleaning Policy: Any surface that comes into contact with food must be cleaned AND sanitized. These surfaces must be washed, rinsed, and sanitized each time they’re used, when interrupted during a task, after handling different raw fruits and vegetables, when working with a different type of food.
What protocols do we have in place for employees to report illness/feeling unwell?
Each one of our employees has signed an agreement where they must:
Report to their manager if they have any of the common symptoms of COVID19 (Fever, cough, sore throat and/or shortness of breath. Where after reporting they’ll be evaluated to be restricted or excluded from work. And if excluded, will not be able to return to work until Health Department approval is granted.
What, if any, travel restrictions do you have in place for your staff?
We’ve advised all our staff not to travel to “Affected areas” outside Canada where the virus breakout is growing in numbers following WHO recommendations. We’ve also implemented a mandatory “14 days’ work restriction” policy for all employees that have left or are planning to leave the country.