Updated Jan 4, 2021

Dear Visitors, Customers and Halcyon Staff,

 

At this time, Halcyon Aviation continues its operations. However, as a result of the most recent information provided by health authorities regarding COVID-19, we made modifications to usual operations for the safety of everyone.

We are to implement procedures recommended by the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) and Transport Canada (TC) to protect and inform crew members, passengers and the general public regarding COVID-19 (SARS-CoV-2) in an effort to minimize exposure and reduce the risk of transmission of COVID-19 on board aircraft or through day-to-day operational requirements.

Furthermore, in order to maintain everyone's well-being, Halcyon Aviation has composed a detailed COVID safety plan. The document incorporates general guidance, preventative measures, and safety protocols that will further stop the spread of COVID-19. Click here for download.

Click here to access our daily COVID screening questionnaire. To learn more about the BC provincial health order, click here.

 


 

Workplace Operations

All workers, customers, and visitors must assess themselves daily for COVID-19 symptoms and complete the self-reporting Daily Health Check prior to accessing Halcyon Aviation premises as per Covid-19 Self Assessment (8.1.1) of this Safety Plan. The physical distancing requirement of at least 2 metres must be maintained.

There is posted signage indicating that anyone exhibiting COVID-like symptoms is not allowed to enter, as per Signage provided to everyone who accesses Halcyon Aviation's premises (8.1.2) of this Safety Plan. Halcyon Aviation and CFC staff will be performing random temperature screenings to people entering the premises and a maximum temperature of 37.8°C (100°F) is set as the limit to allow access. Temperature check results will be recorded.

All staff members have been trained to address the risk of violence that may arise as customers and members of the public adapt to restrictions or modifications to the workplace. Any act of violence will be reported to the authorities.

  • Administrative personnel are currently working mostly from home.
  • Monitor your health before, during and after assigned duty.
  • Everyone must properly wear a non-medical mask while at CFC premises as well as in Halcyon Aviation´s reception area, lounge, office kitchen, upstairs office workstations and management office.
  • Aircraft Maintenance Engineers (AME), AME apprentices and anyone working in the hangar are exempt from wearing a non-medical mask while performing maintenance duties; however, non-medical masks must be properly worn when leaving the hangar area into any of the common use areas such as reception, lounge, office kitchen, upstairs office workstations and management office
  • Practice physical distancing of 2m (6ft), in conjunction with enhanced Hand Hygiene and Cleaning and Sanitizing protocols.
  • Minimize contact with others.
  • Avoid meetings or gatherings where physical distances cannot be maintained. Consider using larger rooms, moving meetings outside, or having all or some attendees attend virtually.

 

Workstations

We are applying all rules to avoid spreading the infection and to make sure our environment is safe for our employees, therefore we are kindly asking you to follow the safety rules below.

  • Workers will be in workstations at least 2 metres (6 ft) apart and away from communal pathways
  • Minimize sharing office space or workstations.
  • If workers must share office space, frequently-touched surfaces such as computer keyboards and mouse, desk surface, and telephone will be sanitized frequently and before changing places with another employee.

If you have any symptoms or you have contacted someone who has symptoms such as fever, cold, cough, sore throat etc. please inform our staff about it. Please visit the BC Pandemic Preparedness website for more information and recommendations, information about self-testing you can find on

http://www.bccdc.ca/health-info/diseases-conditions/covid-19/testing-isolation

 

Human Resources and Training

  • The Person Responsible for Maintenance (PRM) is designated the COVID19 Health and Safety Point Person.
  • Halcyon Aviation has established work shifts reducing the density of staff on-site at any one time.
  • COVID-19 prevention education and guidelines for all staff are available on the webpage as well as in this COVID-19 Safety Plan.
  • Staff meetings will address and discuss new information related to COVID-19 as well as provide health advisory sessions.

 

Communal Spaces

  • All administrative staff will take breaks at their own desk or outside.
  • We encourage staff members to eat outside or at their workstations.
  • All staff members shall bring their own dishes and utensils.
  • Halcyon Aviation will no longer be providing communal items such as candy, magazines, and complimentary phone chargers.
  • Vending machine keypads and collecting box doors must be sanitized after each use.
  • Customers and visitors are asked to eat outside.
  • Staff members are to use their own equipment, such as pens, staplers, headsets, and computers.
  • Shared equipment such as photocopiers, 3 hole puncher as well as maintenance tools and equipment should be cleaned and disinfected after each use.
  • Practice physical distancing of 2m (6ft), in conjunction with enhanced Hand Hygiene and Cleaning and Sanitizing protocols.

 

Outside Visitors

  • Visits to Halcyon Aviation premises must be prearranged and safety protocols will be communicated before entry as per Building Access (8.2.1).
  • The physical distancing requirement of at least 2 metres must be maintained.
  • There is signage informing everyone of the measures in place.
  • When booking appointments, visitors will be reminded to reschedule if they experience symptoms typical of COVID-19 or are placed on self-isolation.
  • Minimize non-essential in-person interaction between workers and visitors
  • Waiting areas should be arranged to maintain the physical distancing requirements.
  • There are markings on the floor directing visitors where to stand when approaching lounge areas.
  • Visitors are provided with hand sanitizer for their use.
  • Visitors should attend appointments alone and will be asked to wait outside.
  • Non-essential communal items, such as candy, magazines, and complimentary phone chargers have been removed.
  • Visitors will dispose used sanitizing wipes, masks and other personal protective equipment in the garbage bin located at the entrance of the building.

 

Procedures to follow Outside of School

  • Monitor your health conditions and follow the guidance provided by provincial and local health authorities.
  • Be aware of the risk of COVID-19 in your community.
  • Avoid crowds, stores, sporting and entertainment events, and other situations likely to attract large numbers of people.
  • Take your temperature twice a day (morning and evening), monitoring yourself for symptoms of illness, particularly COVID-19.

 


 

COVID-19 Symptoms

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
  • Stuffy or runny nose
  • Loss of sense of smell
  • Headache
  • Muscle aches
  • Fatigue
  • Loss of appetite

Symptoms can range from mild to severe. Most people with COVID-19 have mild illnesses, but symptoms can sometimes suddenly worsen in a few days. People infected with COVID-19 can also experience gastrointestinal symptoms such as diarrhea, nausea and vomiting a few days after the onset of the above symptoms.

 

If workers, customers or visitors develop symptoms while at Halcyon Aviation:

  • Separate the symptomatic individual from others in a supervised area and direct the symptomatic individual to return to their place of residence. Arrangements for transportation should be coordinated if required. 
  • Inform the Person Responsible for Maintenance (PRM).
  • The PRM will contact local health authorities immediately upon learning that any worker, customer or visitor is or has been exposed to COVID-19 and are symptomatic.
  • If symptoms persist, the individual should be instructed to contact 8-1-1 or their local healthcare provider for further direction. • Staff responsible for facility cleaning must clean and disinfect the space where the individual was separated and any areas used by them (e.g., airplanes, bathrooms, common areas, etc).

The province of British Columbia has created a phone service to provide non-medical information about COVID-19, including the latest information on travel restrictions. Information is available in more than 110 languages, 7:30 a.m. - 8 p.m. Pacific Standard Time at 1-888-COVID19 (1-888-268-4319) or via text message at 604-630-0300. More information on COVID-19 (SARS-CoV-2) can be found in British Columbia by dialing 811, or through Facebook- @ImmunizeBC and Twitter - @CDCofBC

 


 

Cleaning and Sanitizing

The following protocol provides guidance regarding cleaning and disinfecting within Halcyon Aviation premises:

  • Halcyon Aviation premises will be cleaned and disinfected in accordance with the BCCDC’s Cleaning and Disinfectants for Public Settings.
  • High traffic areas and high-contact surfaces, such as doors and cabinet handles, stair railings, washrooms, shared office spaces, desks, keyboards, light switches, communications devices and other equipment will be clean and disinfected at least twice a day and when visibly dirty.
  • Cleaning and disinfectant supplies are provided to sanitize communal spaces before and after being used.
  • Washroom capacity is limited to one person at a time to ensure physical distancing.

 

 Hand Hygiene

  • Wash hands frequently for at least 20 seconds using soap and water.
  • Everyone must wash their hands after arriving at the premises, before and after breaks, after handling cash, airplane fuelling cards, fuel sampling cups, fuel dipsticks or other materials, common tools and equipment, etc.
  • If a sink is not available, 60-90% alcohol-based hand rubs (hand sanitizer) can be used to clean hands if they are not visibly soiled. If they are visibly soiled, you can use an alcohol-based disposable hand wipe to remove the dirt and then use an alcohol-based hand rub.
  • Hand sanitizers are located at dispatch, in every briefing room and in the simulator room.
  • Except for Aircraft Maintenance Engineers (AME), AME apprentices and anyone working in the hangar, do not use disposable gloves when in Halcyon Aviation premises.
  • Do not touch your face/eyes/mouth with unwashed hands.
  • When you sneeze or cough, cover your mouth and nose with a disposable tissue or the crease of your elbow and then wash your hands.