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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:

  • Management continues to consult with local government officials and Indigenous communities to incorporate and coordinate actions that will mitigate the spread of COVID-19.
  • In order to limit the number of individuals staying at camp and to limit exposure to our employees, non-local contractors (who are gradually returning to site) have been staying at external lodges.
  • Developed a screening protocol that is available on both day and night shifts and requires all employees and contractors are 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. The screening protocol has been explained to all of employees and contractors.
  • Employees who have not completed the screening process each rotation have their site access badge disabled as a measure to ensure they get screened upon returning to site
  • Specific screening protocol for personnel coming from outside northwestern Ontario
  • Specific screening protocol for personnel who have someone in their household that works in a hospital, clinic or nursing home
  • Higher volume screening days (ie. Mondays, Wednesdays) at the start of new rotations are re-located to the Fire Hall to provide relief from the weather. Proper spacing in the lineup is marked 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, hygiene and coughing etiquette.
  • A COVID-19 information resource hub for employees has been created on our internal Intranet, including information about health & safety and benefits.
  • A plan has been put in place for more frequent cleaning for high contact surfaces and gathering spaces (lunch rooms, 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, and dispensers which employees will use to sanitize their workstations and in the cabs of service vehicles at shift change.
  • Enhanced sanitation practices at the camp cafeteria have been implemented including gloves available for employees, cooks will change their gloves every 10 minutes, and serving utensils will be rotated every 10 minutes
  • 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 spacing during meetings
  • The employee shuttle bus service from local communities to the mine site has temporarily been suspended in an effort to support social distancing. Employees can receive temporary financial support to offset the cost of fuel for driving their personal vehicle to site
  • Shared strategies for workers to protect themselves if they are carpooling in a personal vehicle
  • All non-essential travel has been suspended (with the exception of travelling from home to site)
  • Modified recruitment, onboarding and training procedures to enable proper social distancing
  • All non-essential meetings have been cancelled, postponed, or changed to virtual meetings
  • Conducting ongoing review of contractors on site for projects and shutdown on a daily basis and have made some changes for project work to minimize those who have travelled to come to the mine site
  • A work-from-home option has been implemented for eligible staff.
  • Utilizing a no-contact thermometer as part of our screening protocol
  • 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
  • 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.
  • We received permission from Public Health to perform COVID-19 swabs on our site for our employees

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

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