To: All Conuma Coal Resources (CCR) Employees Re: COVID-Update 3
Continued thanks to you, your families and loved ones as we enter week 4 of the COVID-19 pandemic in Canada. Your patience, understanding and diligence continue to be so helpful while we all work together to navigate through this uncharted territory.
Employees are demonstrating great focus not only on this global pandemic and our proactive responses, but also on working safely and focusing on the health and safety of themselves and their coworkers. As we continue to have employees in self-isolation, we are also seeing great examples of teamwork, including seeing many of our employees taking steps to support other mines that are temporarily shorthanded. This reaffirms that we have a great team of people working at CCR, a team that I am personally proud to be a part of.
CCR continues to have no presumed or confirmed cases of COVID-19 of which we are aware. In the past 4 weeks, more than 130 employees have followed advice and engaged in precautionary self-isolation as a result of travel, contact with someone who showed flu-like symptoms, or experienced symptoms themselves. Thirtyfive of these employees have returned to work after the required waiting periods, and we expect another 40 to return next week.
CCR continues to monitor and follow the recommendations from Government and Health Authorities. We are maintaining regular contact with our Occupational Doctor, who continues to support us with our response efforts.
ESSENTIAL SERVICES ANNOUNCEMENT
• Last week the Provincial Government, in coordination with the Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry, defined several “Essential Services” which it is urging to remain open during the COVID-19 pandemic.
• These Essential Services include health service providers; public safety personnel; critical infrastructure service providers; food and agriculture service providers; transportation, infrastructure, and manufacturing services; sanitation services; communications and information technology services.; and non-health essential service providers.
• As stated by the Provincial Government, these services are “essential to preserving life, health, public safety and basic societal function” for British Columbians and are key to the province’s “COVID-19 response and recovery.”
• Specifically included in the list of defined essential services are businesses that ensure global continuity of supply of mining materials and products. Such businesses include mining operations like CCR.
• This is recognition of the key role that we play, and will continue to play, in our province’s economy and COVID-19 response and recovery efforts, as well as the importance of what we do for our communities, province and country. Our steelmaking coal is a critical component for steel production around the world, and especially in Japan, Korea, China and India. Steelmaking coal is the leading commodity exported from British Columbia – more than 30% larger than lumber, the next largest commodity export in 2019 by dollar value.
• From a day-to-day perspective, the Essential Services order does not materially change what we are doing at this time. Our changed work rules and additional precautions were implemented with the government guidelines in mind. We will continue our important work, continue to make employee health and safety our number one priority and continue to keep you apprised of new developments as they arise.
• This does not in any way take away from, or reduce, our collective responsibility to ensure health and safety, or our previous directives and guidelines with respect to health and safety. As the Provincial Government and Public Health Officer have noted, essential businesses must continue to comply with applicable health and safety directives in the fight against COVID-19. We are all responsible for taking every step we can to provide for a healthy and safe working environment.
OUR ASK FOR ALL CCR EMPLOYEES
• If you are sick do not come to work. • Continue to remain vigilant when it comes to good hygiene and good respiratory etiquette (cough into your sleeve) • Practice social distancing • If you are required to self-isolate take it seriously and follow the self-Isolation Do’s and Don’ts produced by the BC Centre for Disease Control • Continue to stay focused while at work and be safe.
John A. Schadan President Conuma Coal Resources Limited