Covid 19 Best Practices for Club Volunteers
This resource is intended to provide best practices for all volunteers who provide services to your snowmobile club during COVID-19 restrictions.
Basic Infection Prevention Measures When Working on Trails
As appropriate, all volunteers should implement good personal hygiene and infection control practices. These include but are not limited to the COVID-19 General Guidelines from the Government of Canada. 1. Wash your hands often with soap and water or use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. 2. Avoid close contact and practice physical distancing of at least 6’. 3. Cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue or use the inside of your elbow. Immediately wash your hands. 4. Cover your mouth and nose with a cloth face cover when you cannot maintain physical distancing of at least 6’. 5. Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily. 6. Monitor your health and be alert for symptoms. Follow CDC guidance if symptoms develop. Before you Leave Home The symptoms of COVID-19 are similar to other respiratory illnesses including the flu and common cold. They include: ● Fever ● Chills ● Cough ● Shortness of breath ● Sore throat and painful swallowing - stuffy or runny nose ● Loss of sense or smell ● Headache ● Muscle aches ● Fatigue ● Loss of appetite
If you have any of the above symptoms, have traveled outside of Canada in the last 14 days or have been in contact with anyone who is suspected of having COVID-19 please stay home. At the beginning of each work day and before you leave your home every volunteer should self-assess their fitness to perform work using the Government of Canada’s COVID-19 Self Assessment Tool. If you answered yes to any of the questions included in the Self Assessment Tool, you should stay home and follow the recommendations. Do not come to work. Travelling to Worksite
Conduct meetings, planning and discussions over the phone/video whenever feasible. If an in-person meeting is required, be sure to practice physical distancing of 6 feet or more and make every effort to meet outside. Discourage carpooling to/from or within the project site. Ensure vehicles, ATVs or UTVs only include members of the same household and encourage volunteers to provide their own transportation where possible. Do not use group transport unless absolutely necessary. Worksite Best Practices
Do not share equipment, including hand tools, chain saws, mechanized equipment or work site items such as electronic equipment, PPE, coolers, water containers, etc. Bring your own tools if you can and any tool that is shared must be disinfected prior to use. Practice physical distancing by keeping 6’ OR MORE away from others whenever possible. Wear a cloth face mask if you must work closer than 6’ from others. Minimize trips to supply stores. Send only one person and consider having materials delivered by suppliers where possible. Wear appropriate PPE and carry hand sanitizer when in stores.
Maintain a self-contained and self-sufficient work site if feasible. If people outside the work crew are in proximity to trail construction or the volunteers, mandate that those individuals maintain at least 6 feet of distance. Volunteers should buy, store and prepare their own meals, drinks and snacks for the day and you should not share these items with people outside of your household. When working in shelters or buildings limit the number of volunteers in the building to only those necessary to carry out the work. It is recommended that there be only one person in the shelter at a time. Equipment Best Practices
Volunteers should maintain practices that limit the potential for cross-contamination of tools and equipment on the work site. Practices include but are not be limited to:
● Assign tools and equipment to a specific volunteer for the day. This includes hand tools, machines, tool-specific PPE, electronics (iPads, GPS, radios) etc. ● At the end of each day, each volunteer should be responsible for properly cleaning and returning shared tool(s) and equipment to the storage area. ● Wipe down trucks, tools and equipment with disinfectant wipes daily or more often, especially prior to and after a new volunteer utilizes the equipment. Give special attention to door handles, control knobs, steering wheels, gear shifters, keys and any other commonly touched surfaces. Use aerosol sanitizers in enclosed cabs. ● Sanitize reusable PPE as per manufacturer’s recommendation prior to each use, and ensure non-reusable PPE is disposed of properly.
Staying Overnight Precautions to implement if camped at the worksite or sharing lodging:
● Each person should buy, store and prepare their own meals, drinks and snacks. ● Sanitize all surfaces regularly. ● Encourage self-sufficiency and discourage borrowing personal items. ● Set up tents/trailers/cooking areas at least 20 feet apart from others. ● Maintain at least 6’ of physical distance in common areas such as toilets, wash areas, and campfires.
● Have soap and water or sanitizer in shared areas such as washrooms, and cooking areas.
● Ensure that common areas are disinfected regularly including door handles and washrooms.
The information within this document is offered as suggested practices and does not supersede any applicable federal, provincial, or municipal legislation.