10 April 2020 Update
There are many things we are doing to keep our employees, contractors and communities safe across our operations in the Northwest Territories.
Safety, health and wellbeing is our number one priority. We are following federal and territorial government guidance, complying with NWT Chief Public Health Office orders, as well as advice from medical experts. Here are some of the measures we’re taking:
- Increased frequency of cleaning of facilities, work areas/stations, vehicles, lunchrooms, food prep areas and high-touch areas
- Mandatory cleaning of gym equipment and visual cues to ensure physical distancing during recreation implemented
- Implemented return to work protocols, including a health screening questionnaire, health assessment hotline, airport screening and requiring medical clearance for anyone who has felt unwell
- Increased physical distancing procedures for team meetings, recreational and dining areas, including visual cues to ensure implementation
- Limited the number of people travelling together in planes, on buses and in small vehicles
- Provided training and educational information on proper hand washing techniques, physical distancing and self-isolation requirements
- Conducting COVID-19 business resilience meetings
- Leadership split shifts to cover 24/7 support, meetings by video conference
- All employees who can perform their responsibilities remotely have been asked to work from home
- Service for employees to return home for health or family emergencies, if required
- Employee assistance program to support our employees’, and their family members, mental health
Our goal is to keep our employees, contractors, suppliers, customers, and their families safe and healthy while sustaining operations.
Over the past few weeks, we’ve all experienced significant change – change in our families and communities, at work and around the world. By working together, our teams have managed to implement precautionary measures across site, change entire rosters and schedules. In just a few short weeks, we’ve adapted to a new normal and we did so safely.Richard Storrie
President and COO, Diavik Diamond Mine
Fly In, Fly Out (FIFO) and Other Travel
We have halted all non-essential work-related travel and, instead, have asked teams to connect in other ways, such as WebEx or Skype. And most of our office based teams are working from home.
We have also changed our FIFO roster to protect our people and communities, implementing the following measures:
- Taking proactive steps to protect small communities by eliminating travel to and from these communities, and ensuring employees and contractors who reside in twelve isolated communities in the Northwest Territories receive paid leave
- Reducing site access and frequency of flights (only essential personnel at site)
- Transporting all personnel to site on charter flights through terminals that are not part of the main airports, and denying access to those that have taken any form of public transportation prior to their flight
- Pre-screening and temperature testing before flights for all workforce members going to site
We will continue to monitor the situation, and introduce further key measures to reduce the spread of COVID-19, as needed.