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New Afton Mine

COVID-19 is a global threat which requires a united response from governments, industry and our communities to ensure the safety, health and well-being of all. 

New Gold’s New Afton Mine has taken numerous steps to ensure needs are being addressed in the local communities.  Our operations have shared action plans and preventative measures being implemented, while seeking and considering input from our employees, contractors, and communities to ensure we are delivering responsive actions consistent with broader efforts.

At our New Afton Mine we have implemented a number of measures including, but not limited to:

  • Initiated a COVID-19 Task Force consisting of representatives from across site address issues and monitor new information and impacts.

  • Activated our Emergency Operations Centre to simplify and streamline logistical processes and communication.

  • Temporarily moved from 7/7 schedule to 14/14 for all operational employees on March 25th, 2020 to reduce exposure and risk to employees. Starting July 13, 2020, employees are resuming 7/7 schedule with mandatory sanitation, physical distancing and other safety precautions and protocols in place.

  • Implemented voluntary fatigue monitoring for operational employees working 14/14 shifts to assess potential impacts using Fatigue Science ReadiBands.

  • Implemented mandatory mask requirements for all indoor spaces, except in offices where only person is working, surface maintenance shop bays, dry facilities and other select areas.

  • Implemented mandatory respiratory protection when more than one person is travelling in a vehicle.

  • Established comprehensive COVID-19 Pre-Shift Assessment screening process at security gate and online for all employees, contractors and essential visitors that includes temperature screenings using a handheld thermal imaging camera or "no-touch" forehead thermometer. Employees and contractors are needed to meet the requirements of all elements of the COVID-19 Pre-Shift Assessment to enter site.

  • Initiated temporary work-from-home guidelines for eligible employees.

  • Reusable cloth masks are provided to all office staff.

  • Temporarily postponed recruitment for recently and/or currently posted positions.

  • Prohibited site access for contractors travelling by air domestically or internationally until they have concluded 14-day self-isolating period and are symptom free and meet screening requirements.

  • Integrated technology to allow for remote meetings and communication.

  • Distribute site-wide communication through email, print and postings regularly through employee App regarding COVID-19 prevention and information, site updates, employee Q & As and educational information on social distancing, travel and proper hand hygiene across site.

  • Developed a COVID-19 information resource hub for employees on our internal Intranet site.

  • Implemented additional professional cleaning services to increase cleaning in common employee areas (lunchrooms, meeting rooms and washrooms), as well as encouraged employees to regularly clean personal workspaces.  

  • Additional hand washing stations added underground, and Mine Ops east bathrooms were transitioned to gender neutral hand-wash stations.

  • Added sanitizer refill stations and dispensers across site and provided personal hand sanitizer bottles to employees.

  • Hands-free door pulls mechanisms installed on high traffic/priority doors in Mine Ops, Assay Lab, Security and other areas around site.

  • To reduce potential congestion, staggered mine dry access, some hallways/high-traffic areas have been designed as one-way and designated entrances and exits have been assigned.

  • Limited non-essential meetings across site in all departments.

  • Cancelled or tentatively postponed all scheduled site tours.

  • Conducting ongoing review of contractors on-site for projects and shutdown daily and have made some changes for project work to minimize those who have travelled to come to the mine site.

  • In alignment with self-isolation requirements from the BC Centre for Disease Control and WCB recommendations, any new cases of COVID-19-related illness will require a 10-day isolation period from the day of the onset of symptoms.

  • The New Gold's Employee Assistance Program offered through LifeWorks is available to support our employees and their families related to mental, physical, emotional and financial well-being.

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