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Coronavirus

CORONAVIRUS

(COVID-19)

As the safety and well-being of our employees is our highest priority, we would like to share with you some information and measures to take regarding the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19). These recommendations are based on those of the Canadian public health authorities and the World Health Organization (WHO).

Coronavirus

As the outbreak of the coronavirus (or COVID-19) continues to have an impact around the world, I want to update you on the measures that Lavergne Groupe Inc is taking to address the risks posed by the spread of the virus and the rising number of infections.

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Human Resource

Telework Policies

TELEWORKING POLICY

Following recommendations made by the government, we strongly recommend that employees who are willing and capable to telework are encourage to do so. A clear policy has been sent to all Business Unit Managers regarding this new measure. We invite all employees to discuss with their manager today in order to establish an action plan for the coming weeks.

  • An online training is now available to explain how to use the Microsoft Teams platform effectively.

MEASURES TAKEN ON LAVERGNE SITES

If your position within the company does not allow teleworking, we invite you to follow the following recommendations for social distancing:

  • Wash your hands very frequently
  • Keep a minimum distance of 2 meters with your colleagues
  • Respect the policy of hugs and handshakes restriction
  • If necessary, use empty office spaces or conference rooms to distance workstations
  • Clean your work environment and common areas regularly (several times a day)
  • Staff breaks are limiting 1 person per table to ensure social distancing.
  • Common areas are cleaned and sanitized every hour.
  • Carpooling assistance to reduce public transportation

 

Travel, Visitors And Collaborators Policy

01. BUSINESS TRAVEL

  • All travel outside of Canada is suspended until further notice.
  • All plane travels in Canada are also suspended until further notice.
  • We encourage the use of virtual platforms such as Teams to maintain your meetings.

02. PERSONAL TRAVEL

The Public Health Agency of Canada recommends that all non-essential travel outside of Canada be postponed or canceled.

03. MEETING AND VISITS TO OUR OFFICES

Any meeting or visit from suppliers, clients or collaborators, contractors to our offices, are suspended until further notice.

  • If any visitor is to visit Lavergne facilities, they are screened and a waiver must be signed. All visitors are to be accompanied and monitored to reduce navigations.
  • People making deliveries should leave their deliveries in the main reception area. Delivery people are not welcome to circulate beyond reception.
  • To reduce the risk of transmissions with truckers, shipping documents will no longer be signed by them until further notice, except for certain deliveries where signature is mandatory. In these cases, please prioritize the use of the delivery person’s pen before our own. And make sure to sanitize our pens after each signature, is used.
  • Vendors performing essential services, such as plumbing repairs, will be permitted access, but only to the extent necessary to perform their services. When present, such outside service providers must be escorted. Employees working in the areas where the service provider will be performing services must be notified that an outsider will be present before the service provider is granted access.
  • Delivery people and outside service providers are not allowed to use our restroom or kitchen facilities. Such people are expected to promptly leave the building once their task is completed.
  • If exceptions to this policy are necessary, please contact your manager.

04. IF YOU HAVE TRAVELLED OUTSIDE OF CANADA

PREVENTIVE ISOLATION IS REQUIRED.

Here are the measures to be taken for anyone who has travelled abroad:

  • Limit your contact with other people for 14 days from the day of your return to Canada. This means you should isolate yourself and stay at home.
  • Monitor your health status when you return home. You may have been in contact with the coronavirus while you were abroad.
  • If you or someone you know have these symptoms, you should immediately call the competent public health authorities.

COLLECTIVE VIGILANCE

Phishing techniques are often heightened in a situation like this. We ask you to be cautious when receiving your emails and to not click on a link that appears to be fraudulent.
We count on everyone’s vigilance to respect these simple precautions, for the benefit of all.

We are aware that the spread of the coronavirus is currently on the increase. If you are experiencing stress or anxiety about the current situation, we remind you that you have access to professional services 24/7.

Your Employee Assistance Service – Desjardins Insurance

Phone number: 1 800-463-7843
E-mail : servicecollectif@dsf.ca

The Management of LAVERGNE is continuously monitoring the situation and will update this policy if necessary.

COVID-19 IS AN ILLNESS CAUSED BY A CORONAVIRUS.

Human coronaviruses are common and are typically associated with mild illnesses, similar to the common cold.

SYMPTOMS MAY BE VERY MILD OR MORE SERIOUS. THEY MAY TAKE UP TO 14 DAYS TO APPEAR AFTER EXPOSURE TO THE VIRUS.

FEVER

DRY COUGH

DIFFICULTY BREATHING

HOW IT IS SPREAD

CORONAVIRUSES ARE MOST COMMONLY SPREAD FROM AN INFECTED PERSON THROUGH:

  • respiratory droplets when you cough or sneeze
  • close personal contact, such as touching or shaking hands
  • touching something with the virus on it, then touching your eyes, nose or mouth before washing your hands

These viruses are not known to spread through ventilation systems or through water.

THE BEST WAY TO PREVENT THE SPREAD OF INFECTIONS IS TO:

WASHING HANDS

Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.

AVOID TOUCHING FACE

Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth, especially with unwashed hands.

SOCIAL DISTANCING

Avoid close contact with people who are sick.

COUGHING OR SNEEZING

Cover your mouth and nose with your arm or tissues to reduce the spread of germs. Dispose of your used tissue into the garbage as soon as possible, and wash your hands.

DISINFECTION

Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces, such as toys, electronic devices and doorknobs

QUARANTINE

Stay home if you are sick to avoid spreading illness to others.

AVOID CLOSE CONTACT WHEN GREETING PEOPLE

IF YOU HAVE SYMPTOMS OF COVID-19 — FEVER, COUGH, OR DIFFICULTY BREATHING:

STAY AT HOME

Stay home to avoid spreading it to others. If you live with others, stay in a separate room or keep a 2-metre distance.

CALL A DOCTOR

Call ahead before you visit a health care professional or call your local public health authority. Tell them your symptoms and follow their instructions.

CALL 911

If you need immediate medical attention, call 911 and tell them your symptoms.

ANY QUESTIONS?

RESOURCES ABOUT THE CORONAVIRUS

Government of Canada

World Health Organization

PUBLIC HEALTH AUTHORITIES

Province or Territory

Ontario: 1-866-797-0000

Quebec: 1-877-644-4545 or (your area code) – 644-4545

General

01. IS LAVERGNE CONSIDERING TO CLOSE FACTORIES OR CERTAIN DEPARTMENTS?

Lavergne is considered an essential service. Many of our customers around the world are currently out of stock and supply customers in priority sectors (hospitals and others). We have a duty to protect them and can therefore continue production.

We ensure Lavergne provides a safe work environment and takes all necessary precautions for the
well-being of our employees.

Travel

01. WHEN SHOULD I ISOLATE MYSELF AFTER RETURNING FROM A TRIP?

Two regulations are currently in force. We have to respect both.

The first dictates that anyone who has returned to Canada in the last two months from a trip to a region at high risk of contagion* must isolate at home for 14 days. Currently, the high-risk regions are China, Italy, Iran. This list evolves every day so you must consult it regularly.

*Areas at risk of contagion correspond to Levels 3 and 4, that is to say, they are labeled with the advice “Avoid all travel’’ or ‘’Avoid all non-essential travel”: https://travel.gc.ca/travelling/advisories

The second dictates that anyone who has returned to Canada since March 12 from a trip abroad (any destination outside Canada) must isolate at home for 14 days.

Examples:

I went to Mexico and returned to Canada on March 6. Do I have to isolate myself?

NO, if you do not experience symptoms. The law which includes all destinations only takes into account returns to the country from March 12.

I went to China and came back on March 6. Do I have to isolate myself?

YES. China is considered a high-risk area.

I’m driving back from New York and will be in Canada on March 14. Do I have to isolate myself?

YES, since the return took place after March 12.

I flew back from Florida on March 12. Do I have to isolate myself?

YES, since the return took place after March 12.

02. I HAVE A BUSINESS TRIP PLANNED TO A DESTINATION IN CANADA

  • All travel is suspended until further notice.
  • We encourage the use of virtual platforms such as Teams to maintain your meetings in these circumstances.

03. I HAVE A BUSINESS TRIP PLANNED TO A DESTINATION IN THE US

  • All travel is suspended until further notice.
  • We encourage the use of virtual platforms such as Teams to maintain your meetings in these circumstances.

04. I HAVE A BUSINESS TRIP PLANNED TO A DESTINATION TO A FOREIGN COUNTRY (OUTSIDE CANADA AND US)

  • All travel is suspended until further notice.
  • We encourage the use of virtual platforms such as Teams to maintain your meetings in these circumstances.

05. I HAVE JUST RETURNED FROM A TRIP ABROAD, BUT FROM AN AREA THAT IS NOT CURRENTLY CONSIDERED "AT RISK". WHAT SHOULD I DO?

PREVENTIVE ISOLATION IS REQUIRED.

Here are the measures to be taken for anyone who has traveled abroad:

  • Limit your contact with other people for 14 days from the day of your return to Canada. This means you should isolate yourself and stay at home.
  • Monitor your health status when you return home. You may have been in contact with the coronavirus while you were abroad.
  • If you or someone you know have these symptoms, you should immediately call the competent public health authorities.

06. WHAT AREAS ARE CONSIDERED "AT RISK"?

*Areas at risk of contagion correspond to Levels 3 and 4, that is to say, they are labelled with the advice “Avoid all travel’’ or ‘’Avoid all non-essential travel”: https://travel.gc.ca/travelling/advisories.

07. I HAVE JUST RETURNED FROM A TRIP ABROAD FROM A RISK AREA. WHAT SHOULD I DO?

PREVENTIVE ISOLATION IS REQUIRED.

Here are the measures to be taken for anyone who has travelled to areas at risk of contagion* in the last three months:

  • Limit your contact with other people for 14 days from the day of your return to Canada. This means you should isolate yourself and stay at home.
  • Contact the local public health authorities within 24 hours of your arrival in Canada.
  • Monitor your health status when you return home. You may have been in contact with the coronavirus while you were abroad.
    For a period of 14 days from the date of your return to Canada, the Public
  • Health Agency of Canada requests that you watch for the onset of fever, coughing and breathing difficulty.

If you or someone you know have these symptoms, you should immediately call the competent public health authorities.

08. A COLLEAGUE HAS RETURNED FROM A RISK ZONE AND DOES NOT SEEM TO RESPECT THE POLICY IN PLACE ON SELF-ISOLATION. WHAT CAN I DO?

If you experience any discomfort in the workplace regarding the current situation, please contact your Human Resources department.

09. IF I HAVE TO SELF-ISOLATE AT HOME AS A PRECAUTION AND CAN WORK REMOTELY, CAN I DO IT?

Our priority is your health! If your condition allows it and you have the equipment to work from home, LAVERGNE is ready for any employee in preventive isolation to telecommute.

10. MY SPOUCE OR ROOMMATE IS IN SELF-ISOLATION FOLLOWING A TRIP TO A COUNTRY AT RISK. DO I HAVE TO ISOLATE MYSELF TOO?

If your spouse does not have any symptoms of COVID-19, you do not have to isolate yourself for the moment. However, we ask that you be very careful and watch your symptoms.
It is about respecting the concept of self-monitoring.

Symptoms And Prevention

01. AT WHAT MOMENT, WHEN SYMPTOMS APPEAR, SHOULD I STAY AT HOME AND ISOLATE MYSELF?

  • As soon as symptoms of respiratory illness appear, such as fever (37.3 or higher), cough, or difficulty breathing.

02. A COLLEAGUE COUGHS A LOT. I'M WORRIED. WHAT SHOULD I DO?

If you experience any discomfort in the workplace regarding the current situation, please contact your Human Resources department.

03. ARE THERE ANY TIPS AND PRECAUTIONS TO TAKE AT HOME?

The Government of Canada has developed and maintains a series of individual, community, school and childcare, health and workplace recommendations. All the info in the ‘’Being Prepared’’ section of their website.

04. WHAT MEASURES ARE TAKEN IN MY WORKSPACE TO PREVENT COVID-19?

Those responsible for cleaning services have received and are currently applying special procedures for cleaning and disinfecting workplaces. Refer to them for more details.

05. I HAVE A RUNNY NOSE AND I'M STARTING TO HAVE A SORE THROAT, SHOULD I ISOLATE MYSELF?

You should isolate yourself if:

  • you have been diagnosed with COVID-19
  • local public health has identified you as being in close contact with someone with COVID-19

If you have not been diagnosed with COVID-19 or if you have not been identified as being in close contact with someone with COVID-19, we ask that you perform a self-observation.

That means :

  • watch for symptoms of respiratory illness such as fever, cough, difficulty breathing

If you develop symptoms:

  • stay at home
  • limit your contact with others
  • contact local public health and follow their instructions

HAVE MORE QUESTIONS?

CONSULT THE Q&A ON CORONAVIRUSES (COVID-19) FROM THE WHO (WORLD HEALTH ORGANIZATION)

CONSULT
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