COVID-19 Coronavirus

The SCSA has been working closely with our partner safety associations in the Canadian Federation of Construction Safety Associations, other Saskatchewan safety associations, public agencies, and industry associations to assemble this resource


Residential Construction Webinar. - Hosted By the SCSA and Presented with RRHBA and SRHBA

Virtual Town Hall: On-Site Safety For Non-Residential Construction

COVID-19 Self-Assessment

The risk of COVID-19 remains low in Saskatchewan.  To self assess for COVID please refer to the  Government of Saskatchewan COVID-19 Self-Assessment Tool


When workers should not be at work

Workers who are ill and believe to have been at high risk of contracting COVID-19 after travel abroad; or are immunocompromised, should alert their manager or supervisor and contact the Saskatchewan Health Line to seek medical advice. Dial 811 or 1-877- 800-0002 to connect with a licensed healthcare professional. (Source: WCB Saskatchewan)

Right to Refuse Unsafe Work

Even though some businesses/endeavors have been deemed essential services, the employers must maintain still follow OHS legislation and workers still have a right to refuse a task or series of tasks that they feel are unusually dangerous.  More Information.

General Tips for Protection

  • Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Wash hands frequently and thoroughly, including between fingers, under fingernails and wrists; if soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Cover coughs and sneezes using a tissue or into the elbow or sleeve, being sure to cover the mouth, putting used tissue in the garbage and washing hands after or using alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Do not go to work while ill

At the Worksite

Source: BCCSA

To prevent a disease or virus from spreading on site, take the following steps:

  • Emphasize hand hygiene etiquette by all employees at toolbox talks and orientations – lead by example,
  • put up posters of proper handwashing techniques.
  •  Ensure that handwashing stations and alcohol based hand sanitizers are on site and available for all workers.
  •  All offices and non-porous tools are sanitized and cleaned regularly.
  •  Actively encourage sick employees to stay home.
  •  Do not permit anyone to enter a worksite if;
  1. They or a member of their household have traveled outside the country within the past 14 days
  2.  They or a member of their household have exhibited symptoms of COVID-19 in the last 14 days
  3.  Symptoms include: (Fever, Cough, Difficulty Breathing, Sore throat, sneezing)
  •  Perform environmental routine cleanings.
  •  Plan to minimize exposure between employees and the public – follow social distancing procedures.
  •  Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth.
  •  Do not share cups, glasses, dishes or cutlery.
  •  Place informative posters telling people what to do if they get sick

At the Office

  • Sanitize hands upon entering a building.
  • Wash hands regularly; scrub for 20 seconds with soap and water, use a one use paper towel or hand dryer.
  • Disinfect desk/work area daily.
  • Clean commonly touched areas twice daily; commonly touched areas include light switches, doorknobs, taps, handrails, countertops, toys, touch screens/mobile devices, keyboards.
  • Practice social distancing in general, keep a distance from other people
  • Avoid shaking hands

COVID-19 Best Practices for Business Owners

Acknowledging that the SCSA serves a large and diverse member base, here are a few key recommendations:

  • Put people first: The health and well-being of your employees is a top concern. Establish a strategy to allow staff to work without putting themselves at risk, whether that’s working from home, establishing a new cleaning/sterilizing process or rotating limited staff in shifts. 
  • Communicate: People need transparency right now more than ever. Communicate clearly and often with employees, vendors, customers and other key stakeholders. Use information from credible and reliable news sources, such as the federal and provincial governments, Public Health Agency of Canada and World Health Organization. 
  • Prioritize key business functions: Assess your business to identify potential service disruptions and the critical products/services your company provides. Determine processes to prioritize those areas that are critical to the business and customers. 

Additional Best Practices

  1. Follow the Advice of Health Authorities: Government of Saskatchewan
  2. Review contracts:  For information please consult Goodman's Update:  Force Majeure on Construction Projects
  3. Communicate with Clients
  4. Stay Informed about Government Measures to help businesses: Government of Canada

Business Continuity Planning

CCOHS - Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety

Gallup - Strategies and Policies from the World's Largest Companies

KPMG - Leading Successfully in Turbulent Times.  

SCSA Downloads

COVID-19 Tool Box Talks

Construction Site COVID Prevention

COVID-19 Enhanced Cleaning

Exposure Control Plan Template PDF

Exposure Control Plan Template Word

Employer Protocol for Pandemic

Safety Notice for Workers

Health Questionnaire COVID-19

Site Posters COVID-19

Contact Sanitation Checklist

Covid-19 Pre-Screening for Service Calls

When Social Distancing is Not Possible

CCOHS Free Pandemic Product and Services

COVID-19 Safe Vehicle Sharing

Guides and Manuals

Standardized Protocols for Saskatchewan

Regina and Region Home Builders' Association: Safety Protocol Manual

Mental Health and Fitness

WorkSafe Saskatchewan E-Learning Courses These free online learning courses related to Psychological Health and Safety in the workplace were developed by the Canadian Centre of Occupational Health and Safety (CCOHS) and are being delivered in partnership with WorkSafe Saskatchewan.

Useful Links 

Alberta Construction Assoication COVID-19 Coronavirus

Canadian Construction Association - Standardized Protocols for Canadian Construction Sites

COVID 19 and Completing an ROE

COVID 19 and Supply Chain Implications Webinar

COVID 19 and Force Majeure in Contracts

Government of Saskatchewan Support for Workers (COVID-19) 

Lumeca - Health Consultation Tool

Miller Thomson COVID-19 Resources

Saskatchewan Construction Association: COVID-19 Resource Page

Sask WCB COVID-19 and the workplace