'We are proud to be part of a collective solution to help Canadians confidently and safely make their way back into the workplace'
Several employers have signed on with the POST Promise, an initiative launched by Canadian private sector organizations to help them reopen safely amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
Back in June, the federal government announced it was partnering with the People Outside Safely Together (POST) Promise program, and recently, the PCL family of companies committed to be part of the program saying it is “an important step towards Canada managing responsibly through and moving carefully beyond the COVID-19 impacts.”
“We are proud to be part of a collective solution to help Canadians confidently and safely make their way back into the workplace and public spaces knowing their well-being is always top of mind,” says Dave Filipchuk, PCL’s president and CEO.
The POST Promise is a voluntary commitment that business owners and managers can make by following five key public health actions meant to help prevent the spread of COVID-19:
- Maintaining physical distance.
- Washing and sanitizing hands.
- Cleaning and disinfecting regularly.
- Staying home if unwell and self-monitoring for symptoms.
- Practising respiratory etiquette (including wearing a mask when physical distancing is difficult).
Businesses who “make the promise” can display the POST Promise logo to indicate to employees and customers that they are doing their part to protect Canadians’ health and safety as COVID-19 restrictions ease.
Several employers making ‘promise’
Nitro Music, meanwhile, announced its participation on Instagram: “We’re making the POST Promise and doing our part to help prevent the spread of COVID-19… You can feel safe knowing we are doing our part at the office and while out at events to help!”
Other organizations that have joined the initiative include the Women’s Executive Network, Labatt Breweries and Cadillac Fairview.
“This program is an important step towards a healthier recovery period for CF and Canadian businesses everywhere and we’re proud to be a part of it,” says Sal Iacono, executive vice president of operations at Cadillac Fairview.
Months after COVID-19 began to spread in Canada, nearly four in 10 (38 per cent) workers still do not feel safe returning to their regular workplace, according to Statistics Canada’s data released earlier this month.
Recently, the federal government launched an Essential Services Contingency Reserve where essential service organizations can apply for temporary, urgent access to personal protective equipment (PPE) and other critical supplies.