OUR COVID-19 RELATED ACTIONS

Updated:  January 8, 2021

HYGIENE AND PREVENTION MEASURES PLAN

Since the last months, we implemented a robust Hygiene and Prevention Measures Plan in order to further improve response protocols and protect workers on the site against COVID-19.

There’s a good chance that the Québec government’s decision to authorize continued mining operations during the general lockdown ending on February 8 has something to do with the efforts we have made since the beginning of the pandemic to limit the spread of the virus.

Vigilance is the order of the day; that is why enhanced measures will be implemented on site as of January 9. These include:

  • Requiring workers to wear a surgical mask or KN95 mask when moving about the site; and
  • Mandatory telework for all positions that do not require an on-site presence or that are not mission critical.

Here are other examples of measures on our site:

  • In an effort to improve our procedures, protect workers and respond quickly to specific situations, we purchased and installed a COVID-19 screening test laboratory directly at our site. Nursing staff will collect the samples. Anyone entering our site may be required to take a screening test.

     Effective January 9:  More frequent on-site COVID-19 screening tests.

  • Before entering the site, all CMM employees, contractor employees, and visitors must successfully complete new mandatory training on the hygiene and prevention measures that have been implemented. They must also sign a commitment form.
  • A triage procedure that everyone without exception must comply with upon entering our site has been introduced.  The procedure includes hand washing at the entrance and exit of the trailers near the mine’s guard house, at the Odyssey Project site, and at the Community Relations Office, a temperature check, and a questionnaire to determine if access to our facilities should be authorized or not.
  • Effective January 9:  Obligation to wear a surgical mask or KN95 mask for all our employees, those of our contractors as well as visitors deemed essential when traveling on the mine site, to their workstations. Face coverings and other types of handcrafted masks (e.g.: scarf, neck warmer) are no longer authorized for protection against COVID-19.
  • All workers living outside the region will be contacted by a specialized firm before they leave their home location. They must complete a health questionnaire to obtain authorization to travel to the region and enter the mine. Once on site, they must take a COVID-19 screening test.
  • Staggered site arrival times for all departments in order to avoid groupings.
  • The number of people at supervisors’ desks has been limited.
  • A big top has been set up outside to provide more room for mining operations workers when they arrive and leave.
  • Buses have been added to increase the space between workers on a hot change schedule, i.e. the location where the 240-tonne production truck operators change shifts. The number of workers on buses is limited to one per seat, with seats alternating in each row. Dividers are also installed in the buses.
  • The number of pick-up truck passengers is limited. Allowable passenger capacity depends on the number of dividers installed in a vehicle.
  • We have recommended that operators eat in their respective equipment and that employees eat in their office if they have one. Otherwise, employees must maintain a distance of at least two metres in lunchrooms.
  • A vehicle and equipment cleaning procedure has been implemented.
  • The common area cleaning routine has been reviewed and maintenance teams at all our facilities have been provided with additional resources.
  • A workplace exclusion guideline has been implemented for workers exhibiting COVID-19 symptoms.
  • A cleaning procedure, to be applied if there is a confirmed case of COVID-19 on site, has been developed.

Continued safe operations require the collaboration and commitment of all CMM and contractor employees.

Our top priority is the health and safety of our employees.

 

COMMUNITY RELATIONS OFFICE CLOSED

Due to government measures relating to COVID-19, our Community Relations Office will be closed until February 8.

Under the circumstances, the 2020 compensation claim period, which was to have begun on January 11 for all citizens of Malartic and those residing on des Merles Road in Rivière-Héva, has been suspended until February 8, 2021.

Until then, we strongly encourage all citizens to submit their duly completed compensation form with their proofs of residence in one of the three following ways:

Applications submitted will be processed a soon as the Community Relations Office reopens, unless the government takes further measures. Your proofs of residence will be returned to you along with your release and discharge.

Rest assured that the Compensation Program registration period will be extended accordingly.

If you have questions, write to us at:  relationscommunautaires@canadianmalartic.com.

We will respond to you as soon as possible.

COMMUNICATIONS FROM OUR PARENT COMPANIES

CMM is owned equally by Agnico Eagle Mines Limited and Yamana Gold Inc. To learn more about their response to COVID-19, please visit their respective websites.

VISIT AGNICO EAGLE’S WEBSITE

VISIT YAMANA GOLD’S WEBSITE