(Shelley) As Defence Team members gradually resume business activities, many are wondering about the occupational health and safety measures being taken across DND and CAF facilities to address COVID-19.
Today, we’re joined by the Deputy Vice Chief of the Defence Staff, Major-General Frances Allen, to address some of these questions submitted online by Defence Team members.
(Shelley) So thank you so much for joining us today, ma’am.
(MGen Allen) Thank you, I’m glad to be here.
(S) If a Defence Team member does develop COVID-19 symptoms, what should they do and who should they tell?
(MGen Allen) If they’re at the workplace, they should immediately tell their supervisor or their boss that they’re not feeling well and get themselves home safely. At that point in time, if you’re civilian you should contact your civilian health representative and if you’re a military member contact your CAF healthcare facility.
(S) So if a Defence Team member does test positive for COVID-19, what does this mean for the other staff working at that facility?
(MGen Allen)So there’s an analysis that takes place to see where was the worker, who were they working with. And we need to have the medical staff make an assessment of whether or not people need to self-isolate and be tested themselves or whether or not they can likely go back to the workplace once there’s been a cleaning of the workplace site where the Defence Team member was.
(S) Thank you so much for joining us today. Is there anything else you’d like to add?
(MGen Allen) No, thanks for having me and a big thank you out to all of the occupational health and safety and workplace safety committees that are out there who have really been part of making sure that we all come back to work, as necessary, in a safe way.
Thanks a lot, Shelley. I really appreciate it.
(S) Thank you.