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Information on COVID-19

Teck is closely monitoring guidance from public health agencies and government, and has implemented comprehensive measures to protect the health and safety of our people and communities in response to COVID-19. Find out more about what we are doing and check back for regular updates.

    Supporting COVID-19 Response

    Preventative Measures at Sites

    Updated: March 24, 2020

    Teck is implementing extensive preventative measures across its offices and operations in order to safeguard the health of our employees, while continuing to operate safely and responsibly maintain employment and economic activity. 

    We are closely monitoring and following guidance from public health agencies and government.

    Measures in place at Teck’s sites include: 

    • Reducing or eliminating in person meetings and other large gatherings
    • Enhanced cleaning and disinfecting protocols, including frequent disinfecting of employee buses and work areas
    • Promoting personal preventative measures, such as frequent handwashing
    • Screening all contractors and external visitors to site for risk factors and symptoms
    • Increasing social distancing practices at site, such as reducing the number of passengers on buses; separating groups of employees at work; cancelling large group meetings; changing meetings from in-person to electronic, e.g. holding crew meetings by radio
    • Requiring employees who show symptoms or are in close contact with someone with symptoms to stay home from work
    • Requiring employees returning from international travel to self-isolate
    • Reducing the number of on-site staff as much as possible; implementing work from home where feasible
    • Expanded sick leave coverage for affected employees

    Other measures being put into place at Teck’s operations include:

    • All Teck corporate offices globally have been closed and remote work implemented for all employees able to do so
    • B.C. and Alberta mining operations are temporarily slowing down operations and further reducing crews by up to 50% of regular levels for an initial period of approximately 2 weeks, after which we will re-evaluate in light of the evolving situation
    • Construction activities at the Quebrada Blanca Phase 2 (QB2) project have been suspended to ensure employee safety and support Chilean efforts to limit transmission of COVID-19

    Health and Safety Guidance and Resources

    Teck is taking the COVID-19 pandemic very seriously. By working together, we can limit the spread and look after ourselves, our families and each other. 

    Preventative Measures

    Follow the below best practices for prevention, as informed by public health authorities:

    • Wash hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds and more often than you usually do – this is the top recommended preventative measure
    • Maintain social distancing – stay two metres away from people, especially those who are coughing or sneezing
    • Avoid touching your hands to your eyes, nose or mouth
    • Cover your mouth with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when you cough or sneeze Dispose of the used tissue and wash your hands immediately
    • Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol
    • Use disinfecting wipes to clean your area of work, including mobile phones, keyboards, work stations, etc.
    • Avoid close contact with people who are unwell
    • If you have a fever, cough and difficulty breathing, seek medical attention and call in advance.

    Related Documents for Employees

    In response to COVID-19, we are requiring all visitors to Teck sites – including Teck visitors – to complete a self-declaration form. The individual extending the invitation to visitors is responsible for ensuring completion and retention of this form. If a recent visitor contacts a Teck representative to say they are exhibiting signs of COVID-19, please inform your HR representative.

    Download COVID-19: Mandatory Declaration for Visitors – Canadian Sites and Offices

    Download COVID-19: Mandatory Declaration for Visitors – International Sites and Offices

    Please take a few minutes to complete the ‘Take 5 to Limit the Spread’ form before starting work and help each other stay healthy.

    Download Take 5 to Limit the Spread - Canadian Sites and Offices 

    Download Take 5 to Limit the Spread - International Sites and Offices 


    A printable poster is available which provides guidance on best practices; please print and post in high traffic areas. Additional information about prevention can be found at www.who.int 

    COVID-19 Symptoms

    The symptoms for COVID-19 include:

    • Fever (over 38° Celsius/100.4° Fahrenheit), cough, shortness of breath – symptoms similar to a cold or flu
    • Severe cases – infection can lead to respiratory failure, pneumonia in both lungs and death
    • Possibly few to no symptoms initially – it can take up to 14 days for symptoms to appear after exposure to the virus           

    Additional information about symptoms can be found at www.who.int 

    How to protect yourself against COVID-19


    April, 2020 - Government of Canada
    The Government of Canada has released a list of essential services and functions that can continue to operate with proper mitigation measures in place. This list includes mining and mining supply chain services.   

    March 30, 2020 - Alberta list of essential services
    The province of Alberta has released a list of essential services that can continue to operate with proper risk mitigation measures in place. This list includes mining and mining supply chain services.  

    March 26, 2020 - British Columbia list of essential services  
    The province of British Columbia released a list of essential services to remain open, provided they follow the recommendations of the Provincial Health Office. This includes mining, smelting, and mining supply chain services.

    March 26, 2020 – Alaska list of essential Services 
    Alaska has released a list of critical infrastructure industries that have a special responsibility to continue operations during this time.  This includes mining and mining supply chain services. 

    March 25, 2020 - Government of British Columbia - Guidance to mining and smelting operations during COVID‐19


    Teck is a diversified resource company committed to responsible mining and mineral development with major business units focused on copper, steelmaking coal and zinc, as well as investments in energy assets.