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Rainy River Mine

The Rainy River Mine has 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 Rainy River Mine we have implemented a number of measures including, but not limited to:

Site-Wide Practices:

  • Management continues to consult with local government officials and Indigenous communities to incorporate and coordinate actions that will mitigate the spread of COVID-19.
    We received permission from Public Health to perform COVID-19 swabs on our site for our employees.
  • Developed a screening protocol for day and night shifts that requires all employees and contractors to be screened at least once at the beginning of their scheduled rotation. Those individuals flagged in the screening process will receive further assessment by our on-site Nurse Practitioner. The screening protocol has been explained to all of employees and contractors. 
  • Employees with incomplete screening process in their rotational shifts, have their site access badge disabled as a measure to ensure that they are screened upon returning to site.
  • Specific screening protocols are implemented for personnel coming from outside northwestern Ontario.
  • Specific screening protocols are implemented for personnel who have someone in their household that works in a hospital, clinic, or nursing home.
  • Higher volume screening days (i.e., Mondays, Wednesdays), the screening process is re-located to the Fire Hall to provide relief from the weather. Physical distancing guidelines are maintained with markers for screening lineup and individual sanitizer re-fills are available for pick up. 
  • iPads are used to optimize our screening protocol and ease the administrative burden. 
  • Posters have been hung around site and camp to raise awareness about self-monitoring and self-isolation practices, proper hand washing, and hygiene and coughing etiquette. 
  • A COVID-19 information resource hub for employees has been created on our internal Intranet site, including information about health and safety and benefits. 
  • A plan has been put in place for more frequent cleaning for high contact surfaces and gathering spaces (lunchrooms, conference rooms, washrooms), including extra sanitization with a no-contact surface cleaning spray.
  • We have secured a supply of surface wipes, sanitizing sprays, hand sanitizers, soaps, dispensers, which employees will use to sanitize their workstations and in the cabs of service vehicles at shift change. 
  • The Supply Chain Department is in regular contact with our suppliers to mitigate any potential disruption to our inventory. 
  • Social distancing strategies have been implemented, such as staggered lunch breaks and holding smaller crew meetings in larger areas, posting maximum occupancy notices for individual offices and meeting spaces, and re-locating employees that regularly share an office into available empty offices. 
  • Placed “Don’t sit here” signs spaced around our conference room tables to encourage proper physical distancing during meetings.
  • Modified recruitment, onboarding, and training procedures to enable proper social distancing.
  • Distribution of washable masks for employees began on April 24th. Employees are required to wear their mask when 6ft social distancing is not possible. Mask care instructions provided with each individual kit.

Camp Practices:

  • Mandatory hand washing and sanitization before entering dining hall facility.
  • Access to dining hall is limited to a maximum 20 minutes.
  • Maximum reduced capacity in dining hall is limited to 56 employees, monitored by security personnel.
  • Implemented mandatory physical distancing of six feet between employees.
  • Maximum three guests per table at a time.
  • High touch points are sanitized every 30 minutes.
  • Tables cleaned and sanitized after each seating. Guests must turn the card from “clean” to “to be sanitized” after they finish their meals.
  • Salads, desserts and “Grab and Go” items are individually wrapped. Self-serve items are no longer available until further notice.
  • No socializing is currently permitted in the common areas.
  • Gym usage is limited to a maximum of three people per hour with advance reservation. Camp guests are required to sign and acknowledge a waiver with care instructions before entering and using on-site facilities.
  • Weekly monitoring provided by Nurse Practitioner at the main gate office, which is mandatory for all employees and subcontractors.
  • Masks are mandatory on-site and availability of company transportation, when unable to maintain physical distance.
  • Gloves available for employees and cooks are required to change their gloves every ten minutes, and all serving utensils will be rotated every ten minutes.

Transportation Practices:

  • The daily employee coach service to site has resumed on both the East and West District bus lines effective July 8, 2020 with reduced occupancy.
  • Individuals choosing to use the bus service must follow strict guidelines:
    • Seating is organized to maintain at least one metre distance from other passengers.
    • All passengers are required to wear masks.
    • The passengers are required to fill the bus starting from the back row to the front, while boarding the bus. 
    • The bus will be emptied from front to back on reaching the destination. 
    • Passengers are not permitted to sit in the row of seats, immediately behind the driver. 
    • Hand sanitizer is provided at the entrance of the bus to use when entering and exiting the bus. 
    • The driver will be required to use a checklist to track employees traveling in the bus. 
    • Passengers should call the Nurse Practitioner on-site and are strictly advised not to ride the bus: 
      • They are sick or presenting symptoms like fever, cough, shortness of breath, or runny nose.
      • They have been in direct contact with a confirmed or suspected case of COVID-19.
      • They are required to self-isolate by a medical practitioner or Public Health.
      • Shared strategies for workers to protect themselves if they are carpooling in a personal vehicle.

Employee & Family Support:

  • 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.
  • The Not Myself Today program is available to support employee mental health and connect them to resources.
  • Human Resources provides regular communications to employees regarding benefits and mental health supports to increase awareness.
  • Human Resources is distributing educational and fun activities to help employees entertain children at home during school and daycare closures. 

Please email us here if you have any questions:info@newgold.com

We all can help reduce the spread of COVID-19. We encourage everyone to abide by the Health Canada basic protective measures against the virus, via this link.

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