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Working safely during COVID-19

06 Nov 2020

Colleagues,

With our first snowfall behind us, and cooler temperatures settling in, I hope you’re all enjoying the fall season in our beautiful region.

We’ve been extremely fortunate over the last couple of months, to live in a part of the country, and of the world, where reported COVID-19 cases remain low. But this doesn’t mean we’ve been unaffected.

And, as Dr. Strang spoke to earlier this week, with cases on the rise in our province, we must remain vigilant.

We’ve come a long way over the duration of the pandemic both as a community and as an organization. In alignment with public health directives, our worksites now have the necessary health and safety practices in place, including limitations on the number of employees allowed in a given location.

Should you be asked to report to the workplace by your direct supervisor, please be assured that all protocols are in place to help ensure your safety.

Of course, these practices are only effective if our actions and behaviors follow suit. For us this means abiding by capacity limits, maintaining physical distance, wearing masks when required and staying home when feeling unwell – to name a few.

As we’ve all come to realize, the nature of this pandemic is everchanging. In response to that, we continue to adapt our practices and procedures to reflect the most recent direction from our public health authorities and safeguard the wellbeing of all employees.

If you have any questions about the health and safety measures in your workplace, please speak with your manager.

As always, our Employee and Family Assistance Program is available to those who may need to access services and resources.

Our municipal services also continue to adjust to safely meet the needs of our residents. Read the latest PSA’s:

Thank you for your efforts to follow public health guidelines to keep one another safe. We are in this together.

Kind regards, amitiés, wela’lioq,

Jacques

Recognizing that the duration of this situation is unknown, and to streamline your access to information, below is list of important links.

Employee updates: hrmmatters.ca/coronavirus

Municipal service adjustments: halifax.ca/coronavirus

hfxALERT, the municipality’s mass notification system: halifax.ca/hfxalert

Public health information: Public Health Agency of Canada and Nova Scotia Health and Wellness

Human Resources: MyHR@halifax.ca or 902.490.6145

Homewood Health’s Employee and Family Assistance Program (EFAP): 902.466.3327 or 1.800.663.1142

Halifax Regional Police Association EFAP: 902.430.8295 or 902.430.8296

International Association of Fire Fighters FFAP: 902.483.6068

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