If you are looking for resources and information for your fleet operations to help protect drivers and prevent the spread of Covid-19, there is a lot of good, quality information in the following pages:
- In order to maintain a healthy workplace, it is important that sick workers have financial supports in place so they know they can stay home when feeling unwell. There are resources available for employees who have to take time off work due to COVID-19 related issues, be it self-isolation requirements or caregiver issues. Please, let your employees know that these programs are available so they don’t feel obligated to come to work when symptomatic due to financial obligations.
The Canada Recovery Sickness Benefit (CRSB) will provide $500 per week for up to two weeks for workers who are ill or must self-isolate for reasons related to COVID-19 or they have been identified as being more susceptible to COVID-19.
For those who are not eligible to receive EI regular benefits, such as the self-employed, who are still unable to work or those experiencing a reduction in income of at least 50% due to COVID-19, the Government of Canada is introducing the Canada Recovery Benefit. This temporary benefit will provide $500 per week for up to 26 weeks. To be eligible for the Benefit, individuals must be available and looking for work and must accept work, when it is reasonable to do so.
The Canada Recovery Caregiving Benefit (CRCB) will provide $500 per week for up to 26 weeks per household for workers who are unable to work because they must care for a child under the age of 12 or family member because schools, daycares or care facilities are closed due to COVID-19 or because the child or family member is sick and/or required to quarantine, or they are unable to attend their normal school or care facility because they have been identified as being at high risk of serious health complications if they contracted COVID-19 .
The Manitoba government recently introduced amendments to the Employment Standards Code so more workers can take protected leave due to the COVID-19 pandemic and apply for federal benefits.
- SAFE Work Manitoba has also introduced a new course, COVID-19: Best Practices for a Safe Workplace. This interactive online course provides simple instruction to help prepare workers on how to reduce the risk of catching or spreading COVID-19 in the workplace, keeping themselves, their co-workers and their customers safe. The 40-minute course complies with provincial health guidelines and teaches workers how to apply the 4 Ps of COVID-19 workplace safety:
- Physical distancing - Limit close contact with others
- Personal hygiene - Ensure hands and objects are clean
- Physical environment - Steps you take to reduce the risk
- PPE - Personal Protective Equipment use
- Federal safety guidance to protect drivers and limit the spread of COVID-19 in commercial vehicle operations
- Guidance on truck drivers experiencing COVID-19 symptoms in other jurisdictions (produced in Ontario, good advice for all fleets)
- Council of Ministers Responsible for Transportation and Highway Safety Guiding Principles to help mitigate the risk of transmission of COVID‐19, Practices for the Use of Masks, Face Coverings and Gloves for Transportation Workers and Passengers in the Road Transportation System
- SAFE Work Manitoba's How do you wear a non-medical mask safely?
- The Manitoba government online resources about COVID-19
- RPM's Recommended Exposure Control Measures
- RPM's Tip Sheet for Drivers Coming Home From the Road