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Important Update Regarding Wildfire near Highland Valley Copper Operations 

Effective 20:00 hrs August 17, 2021, the District of Logan Lake and the TNRD rescinded the evacuation order on Teck HVC Operations. As a result of the change to evacuation alert status, Teck HVC Operations has been able to return to full and normal operations. In addition, effective at 12:00 hrs, August 19, 2021, the District has now rescinded the evacuation order over the town moving it to Alert status.

Therefore, the following routes are open and acceptable for travel to site for all employees.

  • Highway 97C from Ashcroft continues to be open 
  • Highway 97D (Meadow Creek Road) from the Coquihalla through Logan Lake is now open for all traffic

The following roads continue to have wildfire closure in place and are not authorized for use by mine employees. Please note these closures are in place under the guidance of the BC Wildfire Service and the Thompson Nicola Regional District and are not under the control of HVC.  Unauthorized users may be subject to fines or other enforcement action by local law enforcement.

  • Highway 97C from Highway 8 near Merritt to the Junction of Highway 97D and Tunkwa Lake Road
  • Tunkwa Lake Road from the Junction of 97D to Highway 1 near Savona

Prior to leaving for work, it is the responsibility of each employee to check for any road closures (e.g. Drive BC - https://drivebc.ca/).

Now that Highland Valley Copper has resumed full regular activities, the following, as it pertains to pay, will apply.

Employees who report that they are:

  • unable to attend work due to their primary residence being under a mandatory evacuation order, will be granted “leave with pay”, for regular shifts missed, for up to 10 days or until the evacuation order has been rescinded. The need to continue or conclude “leave with pay” will be assessed as needed based on wildfire activity and/or evacuation order status
  • under an active evacuation alert, will be granted “unpaid leave"
  • assisting family members and/or friends who are directly affected, will be granted “unpaid leave”   

Employees who are involved in volunteer emergency services, and whose participation may interfere with their normal work schedule, are asked to follow the Employee Volunteerism (Policy 1.05). 

As this is a challenging time for our employees and their families, employees are reminded of the free and confidential support that is available through our Employee and Family Assistance Program. It can be accessed via www.workhealthlife.com or by calling 1.800.387.4765. Additional assistance platforms are also available and have been captured in the Employee and Family Assistance Program Policy (Policy 3.63).     
 
We also know that there may also be extraordinary circumstances whereby employees require immediate financial assistance. Those in need are encouraged to contact Human Resources at 250.523.3260.

Teck Highland Valley Copper is closely monitoring wildfire conditions and more information will be shared once it is available. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact your Supervisor. 

I would also like to extend my thanks to all employees at Highland Valley Copper for their commitment and understanding during this difficult time. 

Sincerely,
Adam Foulstone,
General Manager,
Teck Highland Valley Copper

Important Update Regarding Wildfire near Highland Valley Copper Operations

At approximately 8:00pm, Highland Valley Copper received official notification from the District of Logan Lake and the Thompson Nicola Reginal District that the Evacuation Order issued to cover the mine site had been moved to Alert status.  This change enables Highland Valley Copper to safely resume operations.  

Supervisors will begin calling employees immediately to resume regularly scheduled shifts commencing day shift August 18, 2021.  

As several of the Orders that remain in place are impacting transportation, our Employees will be informed of any necessary travel routes when contacted.

Once Highland Valley Copper resumes full regular activities, the following, as it pertains to pay, will apply.

Employees who report that they are:

  • unable to attend work due to their primary residence being under a mandatory evacuation order, will be granted “leave with pay”, for regular shifts missed, for up to 10 days or until the evacuation order has been rescinded. The need to continue or conclude “leave with pay” will be assessed as needed based on wildfire activity and/or evacuation order status
  • under an active evacuation alert, will be granted “unpaid leave” 
  • assisting family members and/or friends who are directly affected, will be granted “unpaid leave”  

Employees who are involved in volunteer emergency services, and whose participation may interfere with their normal work schedule, are asked to follow the Employee Volunteerism (Policy 1.05). 

As this is a challenging time for our employees and their families, employees are reminded of the free and confidential support that is available through our Employee and Family Assistance Program. It can be accessed via www.workhealthlife.com or by calling 1.800.387.4765. Additional assistance platforms are also available and have been captured in the Employee and Family Assistance Program Policy (Policy 3.63).     
 
We also know that there may also be extraordinary circumstances whereby employees require immediate financial assistance. Those in need are encouraged to contact Human Resources at 250.523.3260.

Teck Highland Valley Copper is closely monitoring wildfire conditions and more information will be shared once it is available. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact your Supervisor. 

Sincerely,

Adam Foulstone,
General Manager
Teck Highland Valley Copper

Important Update Regarding Wildfire near Highland Valley Copper Operations

At approximately 6:00 pm August 14, the District of Logan Lake issued an Evacuation Order which includes Highland Valley Copper Operations as a result of the Tremont Fire.

As such, the Mine has initiated its Emergency Preparedness Plan and temporarily suspended operations. All workers are being safely demobilized from the site with the exception of a small number of employees necessary to responsibly ensure safety and environmental protection.

Employees who are required to report to work will be contacted by their supervisor.

Once Highland Valley Copper resumes full regular activities, the following, as it pertains to pay, will apply.

Employees who report that they are:

  • unable to attend work due to their primary residence being under a mandatory evacuation order, will be granted “leave with pay”, for regular shifts missed, for up to 10 days or until the evacuation order has been rescinded. The need to continue or conclude “leave with pay” will be assessed as needed based on wildfire activity and/or evacuation order status

  • under an active evacuation alert, will be granted “unpaid leave”

  • assisting family members and/or friends who are directly affected, will be granted “unpaid leave”  

Employees who are involved in volunteer emergency services, and whose participation may interfere with their normal work schedule, are asked to follow the Employee Volunteerism (Policy 1.05).

As this is a challenging time for our employees and their families, employees are reminded of the free and confidential support that is available through our Employee and Family Assistance Program. It can be accessed via www.workhealthlife.com or by calling 1.800.387.4765. Additional assistance platforms are also available and have been captured in the Employee and Family Assistance Program Policy (Policy 3.63).     

We also know that there may also be extraordinary circumstances whereby employees require immediate financial assistance. Those in need are encouraged to contact Human Resources at 250.523.3260.

Teck Highland Valley Copper is closely monitoring wildfire conditions and more information will be shared once it is available. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact your Supervisor.

Sincerely,

Adam Foulstone
General Manager 
Teck Highland Valley Copper

REVISED: Update Regarding Wildfire near Highland Valley Copper Operations

At approximately 3:00 pm August 12th, BC Wildfire Services placed the town of Logan Lake under
Evacuation Order as a result of the Tremont Fire. This Order does not include Highland Valley Copper.

All employees are safe and there is currently no risk to infrastructure and workings of the operation.

The HVC Emergency Preparedness Team has been actively preparing for this scenario over the last
several weeks. The decision has been made to cease mine activity and reduce mill throughput.

Only those employees who are contacted by their Supervisor are expected to report for their
regularly scheduled shift.

For return travel home, please depart the site towards Ashcroft (97C) or Merritt (97C south), where
possible, to avoid congestion for the Logan Lake evacuation.

Please see email from Candace Droder regarding pay.

Teck is closely monitoring wildfire conditions and more information will be shared once it is available. If
you have any questions or concerns, please contact your Supervisor.

Sincerely,
Adam Foulstone
General Manager, Teck Highland Valley Copper

Update – Wildfire – Payment of Wages

At approximately 3:00 pm August 12th, BC Wildfire Services placed the town of Logan Lake under an Evacuation Order as a result of the Tremont Fire. Although Highland Valley Copper continues to find itself under an “evacuation alert”, circumstances, as they pertain to pay, dictate that we operate as if we were under “evacuation order”.

The payment of wages, as it pertains to bargaining unit members, will be as follows:

a. those employees who were onsite today – “R”, “C”, “I”, “J” “EDO” (etc.) – will be paid in full for their regularly scheduled shift

b. employees who report for work for their regular shift as they had not been notified not to report to work and are sent home, they will be paid an amount equal to four (4) hours at their hourly wage rate

c. if they have been asked to remain on site to assist with the reduced operations, they will be paid their hourly wage rate for their full shift

  • employees who are requested and agree to work overtime will be paid at the applicable overtime rate for the extra hours worked

d. employees who are notified (via phone / text and or email / etc.) by the Company (or a representative on behalf of the Company) to remain home and not report to site for their regular scheduled shift, will not receive any pay

All employees are safe and there is currently no risk to infrastructure and workings of the operation.

Teck is closely monitoring wildfire conditions and more information will be shared once it is available. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact your Supervisor.

Sincerely,
Adam Foulstone
General Manager, Teck Highland Valley Copper

Highland Valley Copper Employee Notice: COVID-19 Update and Change to Weekly Reporting

Teck is providing employees and contractors with the following update regarding COVID-19 cases at Highland Valley Copper Operations.

  • For the period of July 9 through 14, no new cases of COVID-19 have been reported at Highland Valley Copper.

  • All previously reported cases are fully recovered.

  • All COVID-19 cases reported appear to be a result of off-site transmission.

Note: Due to the continued decline in local COVID-19 cases and sustained period of no new cases reported at HVC, the weekly internal announcement updates on COVID-19 cases at HVC will be discontinued. Should there be a change in case counts or exposure risk at HVC, these weekly updates may be reinstated.

Teck will continue to work with public health authorities and to take the necessary steps to monitor and manage the risk of transmission, based on our response protocols. More information on our COVID-19 protocols is available at www.teck.com/updates/employee-resources and www.teck.com/hvc.

If you have concerns or questions related to COVID-19 or potential exposures at site, please contact your supervisor. Please also ensure that your contact information is up to date in People Central to ensure you continue to receive updates.

Jason Sangha
Interim General Manager

Highland Valley Copper Employee Notice: COVID-19 Update

Teck is providing employees and contractors with the following update regarding COVID-19 cases at Highland Valley Copper Operations.

  • For the period of July 1 through July 8, no new cases of COVID-19 have been reported at Highland Valley Copper.

  • All previously reported cases are fully recovered.

  • All COVID-19 cases reported appear to be a result of off-site transmission.

Teck is working with public health authorities and continues to take the necessary steps to manage the risk of transmission, based on our response protocols. More information on our COVID-19 protocols is available at www.teck.com/updates/employee-resources.

As a reminder, if you have not been contacted, you do not need to self-isolate; however, all workers are asked to self-monitor for the symptoms of COVID-19 at all times. If you experience any symptoms, self-isolate, contact your local public health authority (call 811) and get tested for COVID-19. Do not come to work and inform your supervisor, including your testing status, and complete contact tracing.

We will continue to provide further updates to employees and contractors.

If you have concerns or questions related to COVID-19 or potential exposures at site, please contact your supervisor. Please also ensure that your contact information is up to date in People Central to ensure you continue to receive updates.

Jason Sangha
Interim General Manager

COVID-19: Temporary Workforce Reduction at HVC
 

As part of our continued focus on reducing risk of transmission and supporting efforts to combat COVID-19, Teck announced yesterday a temporary slowdown of its mining operations across B.C. and Alberta. This temporary workforce reduction will commence March 25 and last approximately two weeks after which we will re-evaluate in light of the evolving situation.

These measures will consist of temporarily reducing our crews by up to approximately 50% of regular levels.  We are working together to ensure we are treating employees as equitable as possible.  All hourly employees available to work will be granted one week (48 hours for 12 hour shift employees, or 40 hours for 10 hours shift employees) of additional paid time off so that they will not experience financial hardship during this period. For most employees, they will end up working one set and receiving the second set off as paid time off. However, due to skills requirements, some employees may continue to be scheduled to work both sets. In these cases, those employees will be able to carry this additional week of vacation forward.  Affected employees will be contacted by their supervisor with further details; this should commence shortly.

We will use this temporary slowdown to work with supply chain partners, including local businesses, to maintain adequate volumes of critical safety supplies at all sites, including disinfectants and personal protective equipment.  Moreover, we will use this time to further embed the extensive preventative measures implemented. These include enhanced disinfection protocols, eliminating all large group gatherings and reducing bus occupancy, screening contractors and external visitors, requiring employees with symptoms not to come to work and self isolate, and implementing work from home where feasible.

The ongoing challenge of COVID-19 calls on all of us to stay diligent in following preventative measures and supporting each other and our teams. We know that preserving employment and economic activity to the extent possible will be essential to helping our communities recover from COVID-19; however, our ability to maintain those will be determined by how well we work together to meet this challenge. If we have to extend this slowdown beyond the two-week period, we will have to review the impact on our workforce, including the use of vacation, unpaid leave, and employee layoffs.

We thank all of you for your cooperation and your ongoing commitment to the health and safety of your colleagues, families and communities.           

Sincerely,

Elaina Ware
General Manager 

Kyle Wolff
President USW 7619

COVID-19: Update Regarding Mask-Wearing Requirements at Teck Operations and Offices in North America

Given the sustained decline in COVID-19 cases, increasing vaccination rates and the latest public health guidance, Teck will commence a measured easing of mask-wearing requirements at operations and offices in North America, beginning July 1 and continuing through to early September.

New mask-wearing requirements

Effective July 1, the following new mask-wearing requirements will come into effect:

  • Employees will no longer be required to wear N95/C95/KN95 respirators, except where required for non-COVID workplace exposures.

  • Employees will be required to wear a surgical mask, at a minimum, in all indoor spaces, except in workspaces or offices where only one person is working. While the required use of N95/C95/KN95 respirators has been relaxed, these will continue to be available to those who would prefer a higher level of protection. If you choose to use a respirator, appropriate training in its use and a clean-shaven approach is recommended.

  • Surgical masks or respirators are required while travelling via Teck-provided transportation. All other transportation requirements remain in effect.

  • Exception to mask wearing is limited to those who are medically exempt.

The above does not apply to anyone required to use a regular half-face respirator in their work area or to other non-COVID-related workplace exposures where an N95/C95/KN95 is required.  

Based on local conditions and following a risk assessment (e.g., adequate ventilation/filtration, room occupancy limits, ability to maintain 2 metres/6 feet physical distance, and voluntary disclosure of full vaccination status), site senior leadership may decide to move to mask-wearing adjustments for certain small group meetings.

Please note that these mask-wearing requirements remain in effect as a preventative measure at Teck locations for now, despite changes in provincial public health guidance for mask-wearing in indoor public spaces in B.C. We will continue to adjust our protocols and preventative measures in response to public health guidelines, vaccination rates, and/or changes to the risk exposure at our operations and in our local community. 
If you have any questions, please email covid-19@teck.com.

Highland Valley Copper Employee Notice: COVID-19 Update

Teck is providing employees and contractors with the following update regarding COVID-19 cases at Highland Valley Copper Operations.

  • For the period of June 17 through June 24, no new cases of COVID-19 exposure have occurred at the Highland Valley Copper Operations property.

  • All previously reported cases are fully recovered.

  • All COVID-19 cases reported appear to be a result of off-site transmission.

Teck is working with public health authorities and continues to take the necessary steps to manage the risk of transmission, based on our response protocols. This includes tracing all potential contacts and disinfecting work areas. More information on our COVID-19 protocols is available at www.teck.com/updates/employee-resources.

As a reminder, if you have not been contacted, you do not need to self-isolate; however, all workers are asked to self-monitor for the symptoms of COVID-19 at all times. If you experience any symptoms, self-isolate, contact your local public health authority (call 811) and get tested for COVID-19. Do not come to work and inform your supervisor, including your testing status, and complete contact tracing.

We will continue to provide further updates to employees and contractors.

If you have concerns or questions related to COVID-19 or potential exposures at site, please contact your supervisor. Please also ensure that your contact information is up to date in People Central to ensure you continue to receive updates.

Jason Sangha
Interim General Manager

 

Highland Valley Copper Employee Notice: COVID-19 Update

Teck is providing employees and contractors with the following update regarding COVID-19 cases at Highland Valley Copper Operations.
 
For the period of June 3 through June 10, no new cases of COVID-19 have been reported at Highland Valley Copper.

  • All previously reported cases are fully recovered.

  • All COVID-19 cases reported appear to be a result of off-site transmission.

Teck is working with public health authorities and continues to take the necessary steps to manage the risk of transmission, based on our response protocols. More information on our COVID-19 protocols is available at www.teck.com/updates/employee-resources.
 
As a reminder, if you have not been contacted, you do not need to self-isolate; however, all workers are asked to self-monitor for the symptoms of COVID-19 at all times. If you experience any symptoms, self-isolate, contact your local public health authority (call 811) and get tested for COVID-19. Do not come to work and inform your supervisor, including your testing status, and complete contact tracing.
 
We will continue to provide further updates to employees and contractors.
 
If you have concerns or questions related to COVID-19 or potential exposures at site, please contact your supervisor. Please also ensure that your contact information is up to date in People Central to ensure you continue to receive updates.
 
Jason Sangha
Interim General Manager

 

Highland Valley Copper Employee Notice: COVID-19 Update

Teck is providing employees and contractors with the following update regarding COVID-19 cases at Highland Valley Copper Operations.

  • For the period of May 27 through June 3, no new cases of COVID-19 have been reported at Highland Valley Copper.

  • All previously reported cases are fully recovered.

  • All COVID-19 cases previously reported appear to be a result of off-site transmission.

Teck is working with public health authorities and continues to take the necessary steps to manage the risk of transmission, based on our response protocols. More information on our COVID-19 protocols is available at www.teck.com/updates/employee-resources.

As a reminder, if you have not been contacted, you do not need to self-isolate; however, all workers are asked to self-monitor for the symptoms of COVID-19 at all times. If you experience any symptoms, self-isolate, contact your local public health authority (call 811) and get tested for COVID-19. Do not come to work and inform your supervisor, including your testing status, and complete contact tracing.

We will continue to provide further updates to employees and contractors.

If you have concerns or questions related to COVID-19 or potential exposures at site, please contact your supervisor. Please also ensure that your contact information is up to date in People Central to ensure you continue to receive updates.

Jason Sangha
Interim General Manager

 

Highland Valley Copper Employee Notice: COVID-19 Update

 

Teck is providing employees and contractors with the following update regarding COVID-19 cases at Highland Valley Copper Operations.

  • For the period of May 20 through May 27, no new cases of COVID-19 have been reported at Highland Valley Copper.

  • All previously reported cases are fully recovered.

  • All COVID-19 cases previously reported appear to be a result of off-site transmission.

Teck is working with public health authorities and continues to take the necessary steps to manage the risk of transmission, based on our response protocols. More information on our COVID-19 protocols is available at www.teck.com/updates/employee-resources.

As a reminder, if you have not been contacted, you do not need to self-isolate; however, all workers are asked to self-monitor for the symptoms of COVID-19 at all times. If you experience any symptoms, self-isolate, contact your local public health authority (call 811) and get tested for COVID-19. Do not come to work and inform your supervisor, including your testing status, and complete contact tracing.

We will continue to provide further updates to employees and contractors.

If you have concerns or questions related to COVID-19 or potential exposures at site, please contact your supervisor. Please also ensure that your contact information is up to date in People Central to ensure you continue to receive updates.

Jason Sangha
Interim General Manager

Highland Valley Copper Employee Notice: COVID-19 Update

Teck is providing employees and contractors with the following update regarding COVID-19 cases at Highland Valley Copper Operations.

  • For the period of April 28 through May 5, no new cases of COVID-19 have been reported at Highland Valley Copper.

  • All previously reported cases continue to be monitored (2) or are fully recovered (23).

  • All COVID-19 cases reported appear to be a result of off-site transmission.

Teck is working with public health authorities and continues to take the necessary steps to manage the risk of transmission, based on our response protocols. This includes tracing all potential contacts and disinfecting work areas. More information on our COVID-19 protocols is available at www.teck.com/updates/employee-resources.

As a reminder, if you have not been contacted, you do not need to self-isolate; however, all workers are asked to self-monitor for the symptoms of COVID-19 at all times. If you experience any symptoms, self-isolate, contact your local public health authority (call 811) and get tested for COVID-19. Do not come to work and inform your supervisor, including your testing status, and complete contact tracing.

We will continue to provide further updates to employees and contractors.

If you have concerns or questions related to COVID-19 or potential exposures at site, please contact your supervisor. Please also ensure that your contact information is up to date in People Central to ensure you continue to receive updates.

Jason Sangha
Interim General Manager

Highland Valley Copper Employee Notice: COVID-19 Update

Teck is providing employees and contractors with the following update regarding COVID-19 cases at Highland Valley Copper Operations.

  • For the period of May 13 through May 20, no new cases of COVID-19 have been reported at Highland Valley Copper.

  • All previously reported cases are fully recovered.

  • All COVID-19 cases previously reported appear to be a result of off-site transmission.

Teck is working with public health authorities and continues to take the necessary steps to manage the risk of transmission, based on our response protocols. More information on our COVID-19 protocols is available at www.teck.com/updates/employee-resources.

As a reminder, if you have not been contacted, you do not need to self-isolate; however, all workers are asked to self-monitor for the symptoms of COVID-19 at all times. If you experience any symptoms, self-isolate, contact your local public health authority (call 811) and get tested for COVID-19. Do not come to work and inform your supervisor, including your testing status, and complete contact tracing.

We will continue to provide further updates to employees and contractors.

If you have concerns or questions related to COVID-19 or potential exposures at site, please contact your supervisor. Please also ensure that your contact information is up to date in People Central to ensure you continue to receive updates.

Jason Sangha
Interim General Manager

Highland Valley Copper Employee Notice: COVID-19 Update

Teck is providing employees and contractors with the following update regarding COVID-19 cases at Highland Valley Copper Operations.

  • For the period of June 10 through June 17, no new cases of COVID-19 have been reported at Highland Valley Copper.
  • All previously reported cases are fully recovered.
  • All COVID-19 cases reported appear to be a result of off-site transmission.
     

 Teck is working with public health authorities and continues to take the necessary steps to manage the risk of transmission, based on our response protocols. More information on our COVID-19 protocols is available at www.teck.com/updates/employee-resources.

As a reminder, if you have not been contacted, you do not need to self-isolate; however, all workers are asked to self-monitor for the symptoms of COVID-19 at all times. If you experience any symptoms, self-isolate, contact your local public health authority (call 811) and get tested for COVID-19. Do not come to work and inform your supervisor, including your testing status, and complete contact tracing.

We will continue to provide further updates to employees and contractors.

If you have concerns or questions related to COVID-19 or potential exposures at site, please contact your supervisor. Please also ensure that your contact information is up to date in People Central to ensure you continue to receive updates.

Jason Sangha

Interim General Manager

COVID-19 Response – Updated May 21, 2021

Review of Current Protocols and Preventative Measures

First, we want to thank all employees for your patience throughout this last year. As you know, we faced a third wave in British Columbia and across the country these last few weeks and it led to the province taking additional action in response. We also put additional measures in place like the interference free requirement on our use of N95/C95/KN95 respirators in order to protect our employees, their families and our communities. Thankfully, in recent weeks the number of COVID-19 cases in British Columbia has been declining as we move past the peak of the third wave of the pandemic.

This decrease in cases is the result of two key factors. The first is continued diligence in following protocols and prevention measures at work, at home and in the community. The second is the ongoing rollout of the provincial vaccination program, which is critical to progressing to a post-pandemic world.

As the number of cases in the province continues to decline, more of us become vaccinated, and Teck’s rapid antigen screening program ramps up, we will review current protocols and prevention measures to understand where these can be relaxed while also ensuring the health and safety of our workforce.

This will include a review of the interference-free seal requirement for the use of N95/C95/KN95 respirators. However, it will be important to remember that any change to protocols and prevention measures currently in place will be contingent on a continued improvement in COVID-19 conditions. Should there be an increase in cases of COVID-19 or new provincial guidance or orders issued, certain protocols or preventative measures may have to be reinstated.

We will continue to provide regular information and updates on our response to COVID-19.

Again thank you for your continued diligence in following the protocols and preventative measures currently in place, for working to keep our workforce and communities safe and healthy, and for your commitment to everyone going home safe and healthy every day.

Shehzad Bharmal
Senior Vice President, Base Metals, North America and Peru       

Robin Sheremeta
Senior Vice President, Coal

Highland Valley Copper Employee Notice: COVID-19 Update

Teck is providing employees and contractors with the following update regarding COVID-19 cases at Highland Valley Copper Operations.

  • For the period of April 22 through April 28, no new cases of COVID-19 exposure have occurred for Highland Valley Copper Operations

  • All previously reported cases are fully recovered (22).

  • Three COVID-19 cases reported appear to be a result of off-site transmission and are being monitored. There are no suspected cases of site transmission from any positive cases.

  • Contact tracing has been completed. One close contact has been identified and directed to self-isolate.

Teck is working with public health authorities and continues to take the necessary steps to manage the risk of transmission, based on our response protocols. This includes tracing all potential contacts and disinfecting work areas. More information on our COVID-19 protocols is available at www.teck.com/updates/employee-resources.

Please note, as HVC begins to rotate its COVID-19 contract tracers, a dedicated COVID-19 phone number and email has been established.

As a reminder, if you have not been contacted, you do not need to self-isolate; however, all workers are asked to self-monitor for the symptoms of COVID-19 at all times. If you experience any symptoms, self-isolate, contact your local public health authority (call 811) and get tested for COVID-19. Do not come to work and inform your supervisor, including your testing status, and complete contact tracing.

We will continue to provide further updates to employees and contractors.

If you have concerns or questions related to COVID-19 or potential exposures at site, please contact your supervisor. Please also ensure that your contact information is up to date in People Central to ensure you continue to receive updates.

Jason Sangha
Interim General Manager

Highland Valley Copper Employee Notice: COVID-19 Update

Teck is providing employees and contractors with the following update regarding COVID-19 cases at Highland Valley Copper Operations. 

  • For the period of April 15 through April 21, no new cases of COVID-19 exposure have occurred for Highland Valley Copper Operations.
  • All previously reported cases are fully recovered (22).  
  • All previously reported COVID-19 cases reported appear to be a result of off-site transmission. There are no suspected cases of site transmission from any positive cases.


Teck is working with public health authorities and continues to take the necessary steps to manage the risk of transmission, based on our response protocols. More information on our COVID-19 protocols is available at www.teck.com/updates/employee-resources.

As a reminder, if you have not been contacted, you do not need to self-isolate; however, all workers are asked to self-monitor for the symptoms of COVID-19 at all times. If you experience any symptoms, self-isolate, contact your local public health authority (call 811) and get tested for COVID-19. Do not come to work and inform your supervisor, including your testing status, and complete contact tracing.

We will continue to provide further updates to employees and contractors.

If you have concerns or questions related to COVID-19 or potential exposures at site, please contact your supervisor. Please also ensure that your contact information is up to date in People Central to ensure you continue to receive updates. 

Jason Sangha

Interim General Manager

Highland Valley Copper Employee Notice: COVID-19 Update

Teck is providing employees and contractors with the following update regarding COVID-19 cases at Highland Valley Copper Operations.

  • For the period of April 8 through April 14, no new cases of COVID-19 exposure have occurred for Highland Valley Copper Operations.

  • All previously reported cases continue to be monitored (1) or are fully recovered (21)

  • All previously reported COVID-19 cases reported appear to be a result of off-site transmission. There are no suspected cases of site transmission from any positive cases.

Teck is working with public health authorities and continues to take the necessary steps to manage the risk of transmission, based on our response protocols. More information on our COVID-19 protocols is available at www.teck.com/updates/employee-resources.

As a reminder, if you have not been contacted, you do not need to self-isolate; however, all workers are asked to self-monitor for the symptoms of COVID-19 at all times. If you experience any symptoms, self-isolate, contact your local public health authority (call 811) and get tested for COVID-19. Do not come to work and inform your supervisor, including your testing status, and complete contact tracing.

We will continue to provide further updates to employees and contractors.

If you have concerns or questions related to COVID-19 or potential exposures at site, please contact your supervisor. Please also ensure that your contact information is up to date in People Central to ensure you continue to receive updates.

Jason Sangha
Interim General Manager

 

Highland Valley Copper Employee Notice: COVID-19 Update

Teck is providing employees and contractors with the following update regarding COVID-19 cases at Highland Valley Copper Operations. 

  • For the period of March 4 through March 10, no new cases of COVID-19 exposure have occurred at the Highland Valley Copper Operations property.
  • All previously reported cases are fully recovered (18). Those identified as close contacts are self isolating. 
  • All COVID-19 cases reported appear to be a result of off-site transmission. There are no suspected cases of site transmission from any positive cases.

Teck is working with public health authorities and continues to take the necessary steps to manage the risk of transmission, based on our response protocols. This includes tracing all potential contacts and disinfecting work areas. More information on our COVID-19 protocols is available at www.teck.com/updates/employee-resources 

As a reminder, if you have not been contacted, you do not need to self-isolate; however, all workers are asked to self-monitor for the symptoms of COVID-19 at all times. If you experience any symptoms, self-isolate, contact your local public health authority (call 811) and get tested for COVID-19. Do not come to work and inform your supervisor, including your testing status, and complete contact tracing.

We will continue to provide further updates to employees and contractors.

If you have concerns or questions related to COVID-19 or potential exposures at site, please contact your supervisor. Please also ensure that your contact information is up to date in People Central to ensure you continue to receive updates. 

Jason Sangha
Interim General Manager

Highland Valley Copper Employee Notice: COVID-19 Update

Teck is providing employees and contractors with the following update regarding COVID-19 cases at Highland Valley Copper Operations.

  • For the period of April 1 through April 7, one new case of COVID-19 has been reported for Highland Valley Copper Operations.

  • The individual is a Mill Support employee, who was last on the property on April 6.

  • All previously reported cases continue to be monitored (2) or are fully recovered (20).

  • All COVID-19 cases reported appear to be a result of off-site transmission. There are no suspected cases of site transmission from any positive cases.

  • Contact tracing has been completed. A close contact has been identified and directed to self-isolate.

Teck is working with public health authorities and continues to take the necessary steps to manage the risk of transmission, based on our response protocols. This includes tracing all potential contacts and disinfecting work areas. More information on our COVID-19 protocols is available at www.teck.com/updates/employee-resources.

As a reminder, if you have not been contacted, you do not need to self-isolate; however, all workers are asked to self-monitor for the symptoms of COVID-19 at all times. If you experience any symptoms, self-isolate, contact your local public health authority (call 811) and get tested for COVID-19. Do not come to work and inform your supervisor, including your testing status, and complete contact tracing.

We will continue to provide further updates to employees and contractors.

If you have concerns or questions related to COVID-19 or potential exposures at site, please contact your supervisor. Please also ensure that your contact information is up to date in People Central to ensure you continue to receive updates.

Jason Sangha
Interim General Manager

Highland Valley Copper Employee Notice: COVID-19 Update

Teck is providing employees and contractors with the following update regarding COVID-19 cases at Highland Valley Copper Operations.

  • For the period of February 18 through February 24, no new cases of COVID-19 exposure have occurred at the Highland Valley Copper Operations property.

  • Previously reported cases continue to be monitored (2) or are fully recovered (15). Those identified as close contacts are self isolating.

  • All COVID-19 cases reported appear to be a result of off-site transmission. There are no suspected cases of site transmission from any positive cases.

Teck is working with public health authorities and continues to take the necessary steps to manage the risk of transmission, based on our response protocols. This includes tracing all potential contacts and disinfecting work areas. More information on our COVID-19 protocols is available at www.teck.com/updates/employee-resources

As a reminder, if you have not been contacted, you do not need to self-isolate; however, all workers are asked to self-monitor for the symptoms of COVID-19 at all times. If you experience any symptoms, self-isolate, contact your local public health authority (call 811) and get tested for COVID-19. Do not come to work and inform your supervisor, including your testing status, and complete contact tracing.

We will continue to provide further updates to employees and contractors.

If you have concerns or questions related to COVID-19 or potential exposures at site, please contact your supervisor. Please also ensure that your contact information is up to date in People Central to ensure you continue to receive updates.

Jason Sangha
Interim General Manager

Highland Valley Copper Employee Notice: Positive COVID-19 Case 

Teck is notifying employees and contractors that another employee at Highland Valley Copper has tested positive for COVID-19. 

  • The individual is a Mill Operations employee who was last on site Monday, January 25. 
  • Contact tracing has been completed. Anyone identified as a close contact has been directed to self-isolate and be tested for COVID-19 if they experience symptoms.


Teck is working with public health authorities and has taken the necessary steps to manage the risk of transmission, based on our response protocols. This includes tracing all potential contacts and disinfecting work areas. More information on our COVID-19 protocols is available at www.teck.com/updates.
 
If you have not been contacted, you do not need to self-isolate; however, all workers are asked to self-monitor for the symptoms of COVID-19 at all times. If you experience any of these symptoms, self-isolate, contact your local public health authority (call 811) and get tested for COVID-19. Do not come to work and inform your supervisor, including your testing status, and complete contact tracing.
 
We will continue to closely monitor this situation and provide further updates to employees and contractors if required. 
 
Jason Sangha
Interim General Manager

 

Highland Valley Copper Employee Notice: COVID-19 Update

Teck is providing employees and contractors with the following update regarding COVID-19 cases at Highland Valley Copper Operations.

  • For the period of March 25 through March 31, one new case of COVID-19 has been reported for Highland Valley Copper Operations.

  • The individual is a Mine Operations employee, who was last on the property on March 24.

  • All previously reported cases continue to be monitored (2) or are fully recovered (18).

  • All COVID-19 cases reported appear to be a result of off-site transmission. There are no suspected cases of site transmission from any positive cases.

Teck is working with public health authorities and continues to take the necessary steps to manage the risk of transmission, based on our response protocols. This includes tracing all potential contacts and disinfecting work areas. More information on our COVID-19 protocols is available at www.teck.com/updates/employee-resources.

As a reminder, if you have not been contacted, you do not need to self-isolate; however, all workers are asked to self-monitor for the symptoms of COVID-19 at all times. If you experience any symptoms, self-isolate, contact your local public health authority (call 811) and get tested for COVID-19. Do not come to work and inform your supervisor, including your testing status, and complete contact tracing.

We will continue to provide further updates to employees and contractors.

If you have concerns or questions related to COVID-19 or potential exposures at site, please contact your supervisor. Please also ensure that your contact information is up to date in People Central to ensure you continue to receive updates.

Teck has also prepared a series of Q&A to address employee questions about COVID-19 vaccines. Please see “COVID-19 Vaccines: Your Questions Answered by Dr. Joshua Tepper”.

Jason Sangha
Interim General Manager

Highland Valley Copper Employee Notice: Positive COVID-19 Case 

Teck is notifying employees and contractors that an employee at Highland Valley Copper Operations has tested positive for COVID-19. 

  • The individual is a Mill Maintenance employee who was last on site Monday, February 1. 
  • Contact tracing has been completed. Anyone identified as a close contact has been directed to self-isolate and be tested for COVID-19 if they experience symptoms.

Teck is working with public health authorities and has taken the necessary steps to manage the risk of transmission, based on our response protocols. This includes tracing all potential contacts and disinfecting work areas. More information on our COVID-19 protocols is available at www.teck.com/updates.

If you have not been contacted, you do not need to self-isolate; however, all workers are asked to self-monitor for the symptoms of COVID-19 at all times. If you experience any of these symptoms, self-isolate, your local public health authority (call 811) and get tested for COVID-19. Do not come to work and inform your supervisor, including your testing status, and complete contact tracing.

We will continue to closely monitor this situation and provide further updates to employees and contractors if necessary. 

Jason Sangha
Interim General Manager

Highland Valley Copper Employee Notice: Positive COVID-19 Case

Teck is notifying employees and contractors that an employee at Highland Valley Copper Operations has tested positive for COVID-19.

  • The individual is a Mill Maintenance employee who was last on site Monday, November 16.

  • November 16 was the only day this individual was on site between November 5 and today, November 19.

  • The individual is believed to have contracted COVID-19 as a result of an off-site exposure.

  • Initial contact tracing has been completed. At this time, no close contacts have been identified.

Workers who are not contacted do not need to self-isolate; however, all workers are asked to self-monitor for the symptoms of COVID-19 (fever, cough, shortness of breath) at all times. If you experience any of these symptoms, please immediately inform your supervisor and take steps to self-isolate and contact your public health authority.

Highland Valley Copper will continue to work with public health authorities and take the necessary steps to manage the risk of transmission. This includes tracing all potential contacts and disinfecting work areas.

We remain focused on safeguarding the health and safety of our employees and communities. Teck has put in place comprehensive prevention measures aligned with guidance from public health authorities. More information on our COVID-19 protocols is available at www.teck.com/updates.

We will continue to closely monitor this situation and provide further updates to employees and contractors as required.

Jason Sangha
Interim General Manager

COVID-19: Progressive Workforce Ramp-Up Plan at HVC

As you are all aware, Highland Valley Copper (HVC) implemented a workforce transition plan (Phase 3) on April 11, with the goal to reduce COVID-19 exposure risks and put in place critical controls at site. Over the past month, we have enhanced our critical controls while successfully maintaining production and addressed many supply chain challenges in order to maintain adequate volumes of critical safety supplies across the site, including disinfectants and personal protective equipment.

We will soon transition to Phase 4 of our response to COVID-19 and, as part of this, have recently agreed to begin a progressive workforce ramp-up. This agreement is based on the enhanced controls now in place at the operation and on regional COVID-19 statistics, and we are pleased to be able to increase our production-related employees to full workforce levels. Please note that we will maintain remote work for employees whose role is not directly involved in production.

A detailed plan for Phase 4 is being developed to allow for ramp up to full (production) workforce levels on Monday, May 11 for I-J crews, and Wednesday, May 13 for A-B-C-D crews. Supervisors will notify their employees with details within the next few days. 

The increase in the number of people at site will require amendments to existing protocols, and additional staggered shift start times are being considered. This workforce ramp-up plan will also require the commitment of all employees to adhere to all COVID-19 guidance.

We will communicate more details around the Phase 4 workforce ramp-up plan shortly. For operating and maintenance crews, please plan to return to work for your regularly scheduled shifts. Please remember that it is up to each and every one of us to be a leader not just at work, but at home and in our communities. We thank all of you for your cooperation and your ongoing commitment to the health and safety of your colleagues, families and communities. 

Sincerely,

Elaina Ware,
General Manager

Kyle Wolff,
President USW Local

Highland Valley Copper Employee Notice: COVID-19 Update

Teck is providing employees and contractors with the following update regarding COVID-19 cases at Highland Valley Copper Operations.

  • For the period of February 25 through March 3, no new cases of COVID-19 exposure have occurred at the Highland Valley Copper Operations property.

  • Previously reported cases continue to be monitored (2) or are fully recovered (15). Those identified as close contacts are self isolating.

  • All COVID-19 cases reported appear to be a result of off-site transmission. There are no suspected cases of site transmission from any positive cases.

Teck is working with public health authorities and continues to take the necessary steps to manage the risk of transmission, based on our response protocols. This includes tracing all potential contacts and disinfecting work areas. More information on our COVID-19 protocols is available at www.teck.com/updates/employee-resources

As a reminder, if you have not been contacted, you do not need to self-isolate; however, all workers are asked to self-monitor for the symptoms of COVID-19 at all times. If you experience any symptoms, self-isolate, contact your local public health authority (call 811) and get tested for COVID-19. Do not come to work and inform your supervisor, including your testing status, and complete contact tracing.

We will continue to provide further updates to employees and contractors.

If you have concerns or questions related to COVID-19 or potential exposures at site, please contact your supervisor. Please also ensure that your contact information is up to date in People Central to ensure you continue to receive updates.

Jason Sangha
Interim General Manager

Highland Valley Copper Employee Notice: COVID-19 Update

Teck is providing employees and contractors with the following update regarding COVID-19 cases at Highland Valley Copper Operations.

  • For the period of February 11 through February 17, no new cases of COVID-19 have been reported at Highland Valley Copper Operations.
  • Previously reported cases continue to be monitored (2) or are fully recovered (13). Those identified as close contacts are self isolating.
  • All COVID-19 cases appear to be a result of off-site transmission. There are no suspected cases of site transmission from any positive cases.

Teck is working with public health authorities and continues to take the necessary steps to manage the risk of transmission, based on our response protocols. This includes tracing all potential contacts and disinfecting work areas. More information on our COVID-19 protocols is available at www.teck.com/updates/employee-resources

As a reminder, if you have not been contacted, you do not need to self-isolate; however, all workers are asked to self-monitor for the symptoms of COVID-19 at all times. If you experience any symptoms, self-isolate, contact your local public health authority (call 811) and get tested for COVID-19. Do not come to work and inform your supervisor, including your testing status, and complete contact tracing.

We will continue to provide further updates to employees and contractors.

If you have concerns or questions related to COVID-19 or potential exposures at site, please contact your supervisor. Please also ensure that your contact information is up to date in People Central to ensure you continue to receive updates.

Jason Sangha
Interim General Manager

Highland Valley Copper Employee Notice: Positive COVID-19 Case 

Teck is notifying employees and contractors that an employee at Highland Valley Copper has tested positive for COVID-19. 

  • The individual is a Mill Operations employee who was last on site Saturday, January 23. 
  • Contact tracing has been completed. Anyone identified as a close contact has been directed to self-isolate and be tested for COVID-19 if they experience symptoms.

Teck is working with public health authorities and has taken the necessary steps to manage the risk of transmission, based on our response protocols. This includes tracing all potential contacts and disinfecting work areas. More information on our COVID-19 protocols is available at www.teck.com/updates.
 
If you have not been contacted, you do not need to self-isolate; however, everyone is asked to self-monitor for the symptoms of COVID-19 at all times. If you experience any symptoms, self-isolate, contact your local public health authority (call 811) and get tested for COVID-19. Do not come to work and inform your supervisor, including your testing status, and complete contact tracing. 
 
We will continue to closely monitor this situation and provide further updates to employees and contractors if required. 
 
Jason Sangha
Interim General Manager

Notice: Face Masks Mandatory Effective August 27, 2020

We would like to start by thanking all of you for your efforts to combat the spread of COVID-19 here at Highland Valley Copper. As the case count of COVID-19 in British Columbia continues to climb and with children scheduled to return to school in the coming weeks, we are proactively implementing further measures to reduce the risk of transmission.

Effective Thursday, August 27, face masks will be mandatory in all indoor spaces on-site, except when working alone in offices, cubicles, meeting rooms, or large indoor areas such as the maintenance shop bays, mill processing floor, and warehouse areas. Face masks or cloth coverings are optional in lunchrooms during breaks when 2 metres (6 feet) of physical distance and/or a physical barrier can be maintained.

Disposable face masks and sanitizer will be available at entry points and throughout buildings on-site. The use of KN95 or surgical masks offer a higher level of protection, though cloth face coverings meeting Government of Canada guidelines are permitted for use when you can maintain 2 metres (6 feet) distance from others. When performing work in close proximity to others (2 metres or 6 feet), the Working in Close Proximity protocol is still in effect.

It is important to practice good hygiene before and after putting on, removing or touching a mask or cloth face covering. Daily washing of cloth face coverings is recommended using normal laundering methods.

This mandatory face mask use requirement will act as an additional layer of protection in preventing the spread of COVID-19. It is not a substitute for other important preventative measures such as practicing physical distancing, washing your hands regularly, and staying home/seeking medical advice if you feel any symptoms. These requirements do not replace site Respiratory Protection Programs where applicable.

We ask that you continue to follow COVID-19 controls and public health guidance, both on-site and at home. We sincerely appreciate your continued commitment so we can keep each other and our loved ones safe.

Thank you,

Elaina Ware
General Manager

Kyle Wolff,
USW Local 7619 President

COVID-19 Mandatory Mask Protocols

To the Workforce at Highland Valley Copper:

The annual United Way Campaign started over 30 years ago at Highland Valley Copper and has increased in size and participation since then. Last year, our campaign raised $427,000.00 for the Thompson Nicola Cariboo United Way, and we were recognized as the top regional contributor. As you can imagine, the global pandemic has significantly impacted our local communities. We have the opportunity to offer support to those in need with this year’s campaign.

This year’s campaign will begin October 26 and end on November 17. COVID-19 has impacted our ability to have a campaign that resembles those from recent years. Instead of food, we are going to be providing a mask and a door puller/button pusher to each employee. In order to encourage participation, there will be five grand prizes where the winner gets to choose between a $500 Costco gift card, a Sparkling Hills Resort Package for two, a Tobiano golf package for two, a half-day sturgeon fishing trip for two, or a $500 donation to the United Way. For every $10 donated, you get an entry to win one of the five grand prizes. There will also be a draw for two 2X one equivalent day off of pay. In addition to the five grand prizes, we are going to offer a daily $200 gift card prize to encourage participation. Last year, site participation in the campaign was 38% and this year we have set a goal of 45% participation. Payroll deduction forms will be circulated to employees and a video created jointly with the United Way will be available for viewing as part of the campaign.

Please consider participating in this year’s campaign and supporting our local communities. We sincerely appreciate your continued commitment to this campaign.

Thank you,

Elaina Ware
General Manager

Kyle Wolff
USW President

Highland Valley Copper Employee Notice: COVID-19 Update

Teck is providing employees and contractors with the following update regarding COVID-19 cases at Highland Valley Copper Operations.

  • For the period of May 5 through May 12, no new cases of COVID-19 have been reported at Highland Valley Copper.
  • All previously reported cases continue to be monitored (1) or are fully recovered.
  • All COVID-19 cases reported appear to be a result of off-site transmission.

Teck is working with public health authorities and continues to take the necessary steps to manage the risk of transmission, based on our response protocols. This includes tracing all potential contacts and disinfecting work areas. More information on our COVID-19 protocols is available at www.teck.com/updates/employee-resources.

As a reminder, if you have not been contacted, you do not need to self-isolate; however, all workers are asked to self-monitor for the symptoms of COVID-19 at all times. If you experience any symptoms, self-isolate, contact your local public health authority (call 811) and get tested for COVID-19. Do not come to work and inform your supervisor, including your testing status, and complete contact tracing.

We will continue to provide further updates to employees and contractors.

If you have concerns or questions related to COVID-19 or potential exposures at site, please contact your supervisor. Please also ensure that your contact information is up to date in People Central to ensure you continue to receive updates.

Jason Sangha
Interim General Manager

To the Employees of Highland Valley Copper:

As your JOSHC Co-Chairs, we want to thank all of you for your efforts in response to COVID 19 here at HVC. It has been amazing to see everyone work together to keep our workplace and our communities safe. Every one of us has had to navigate the challenges associated with the global pandemic including childcare and schooling adjustments, not seeing friends/family, and missing social outings/vacations. This unprecedented global pandemic affected some individuals and their families more drastically than others. Please continue to take care of yourselves and each other.

Public health experts have recently expressed their concern regarding a second wave of COVID-19 in BC. Other cities in our region have seen a recent increase in cases and it is important that we remain vigilant even though these inconveniences are growing tiresome.

The most important ways to reduce the chance of contracting or spreading the virus are:

  • Self-isolate and get medical advice if you feel any symptoms
  • Practice physical distancing
  • Wash your hands regularly
  • Wear a face mask


Since the beginning of our COVID-19 response on site, we have been monitoring developments in COVID-19 cases and public health guidance to ensure we are proactively providing the most up-to-date information and modifying our controls accordingly. You will continue to see changes as we learn, identify gaps and continue to meet or exceed public health guidance.

Please continue to follow COVID-19 controls and public health guidance, both on site and at home to protect each other, our communities, and our loved ones. If each one of us does our part, we will make it through this together.

Thank you,

Ryan Thomson
Superintendent of Health and Safety 
Teck JOHSC Co-Chair

Chad Lindsey
USW JOHSC Co-Chair

Highland Valley Copper Employee Notice: Positive COVID-19 Cases

Teck is notifying employees and contractors that two employees at Highland Valley Copper have tested positive for COVID-19.

  • The first individual is a Mine Operations employee who was last on site Thursday, January 21.

  • The second individual is a Mill Operations employee who was last on site for night shift that finished the morning of Friday, January 22.

  • Contact tracing has been completed. Anyone identified as a close contact has been directed to self-isolate and be tested for COVID-19 if they experience symptoms.

Teck is working with public health authorities and has taken the necessary steps to manage the risk of transmission, based on our response protocols. This includes tracing all potential contacts and disinfecting work areas. More information on our COVID-19 protocols is available at www.teck.com/updates.

If you have not been contacted, you do not need to self-isolate; however, everyone is asked to self-monitor for the symptoms of COVID-19 at all times. If you experience any symptoms, self-isolate, contact your local public health authority (call 811) and get tested for COVID-19. Do not come to work and inform your supervisor, including your testing status, and complete contact tracing.

We will continue to closely monitor this situation and provide further updates to employees and contractors if required.

Jason Sangha
Interim General Manager

Highland Valley Copper Employee Notice: COVID-19 Case

Teck is notifying employees and contractors that a contractor at Highland Valley Copper (HVC) has tested positive for COVID-19. 

  • The individual was working in the LL-dam general area and on site from September 8 to September 11.
  • A positive test result was received on September 20, as a result of a test administered on September 18.
  • The individual is now self-isolating. 


HVC is working with public health authorities and has taken the necessary steps to manage the risk of transmission based on our response protocols. This includes tracing all potential contacts and disinfecting work areas. 

  • Contact tracing has been conducted and anyone identified as having had close contact with the individual on site has been notified and is self-isolating.   
  • If you have not been contacted by HVC, you were not identified as a close contact and do not need to self-isolate. Please continue to follow standard protocols. 


We remain focused on safeguarding the health and safety of our employees, contractors and communities. Teck has put in place comprehensive prevention measures aligned with guidance from public health authorities, including:

  • Mandatory use of KN95 or three-ply face masks when working indoors or when physical distancing can’t be maintained  
  • Enhanced cleaning and disinfecting protocols
  • Implemented social distancing practices at site, such separating groups of employees at work; cancelling large group meetings; changing meetings from in-person to electronic, e.g. holding crew meetings by radio
  • Reducing or eliminating in-person meetings and other large gatherings
  • Screening all contractors and external visitors to site for risk factors and symptoms
  • Promoting personal preventative measures, such as frequent handwashing
  • Requiring employees who show symptoms or are in close contact with someone with symptoms to stay home from work
  • Requiring employees returning from travel outside of Canada to self-isolate


We will continue to closely monitor this situation, take additional steps as necessary, and provide further information as required. 

Sincerely,
Elaina Ware,
General Manager

COVID-19: Workforce Transition Plan at HVC

As you are all aware, HVC recently implemented temporary workforce reduction measures with the goal to reduce COVID-19 exposure risks and put in place critical controls at site. Over the past two weeks, we have addressed many supply chain challenges in order to maintain adequate volumes of critical safety supplies across the site, including disinfectants and personal protective equipment. Additionally, we were able to partner with a local distiller for hand sanitizer and have received our first of several shipments.

During this initial slowdown, the HVC team and the USW have continued to work closely to review all possible opportunities to preserve employment beyond the two-week period while treating employees as fair and equitable as possible. Due to the dynamic nature of our situation, we appreciate everyone being flexible and patient as we worked to define our path forward.

Thank you for the tremendous efforts that have gone into the COVID-19 response to date. Working together with a focus on health and safety has allowed us to implement the following controls at HVC:

  • Staggered shift start / stop times and staggered lunch and break times, as well as temporarily allowing employees to bring PPE home

  • Physical distancing and reduction of vehicle occupancy

  • Temporarily providing flexibility with attendance management

  • Eliminating all large group gatherings, and implementation of remote work where feasible

  • Enhanced disinfection protocols and additional capacity in providing disinfecting services

  • Distribution and tracking of critical supplies, including hand sanitizer and disinfectant

  • Gate screening of contractors (limited to critical work only) and external visitors

  • Requiring employees with symptoms not to come to work and self-isolate

  • Protocols for responding to symptomatic individuals, including transport, decontamination, and the setup of an interim COVID First Aid room

  • Daily Critical Control Verifications to ensure effectiveness of COVID-19 controls

With the goal of keeping people safe, healthy and gainfully employed we have agreed on a 32-day transition plan that will be implemented starting Saturday, April 11 through to Wednesday, May 13. During this period, HVC will use the above controls in place and continue to embed our current COVID-19 protocols into the operations.

Transition Period (April 11 – May 13)

Over this period, we will continue to operate with reduced workforce on site.

  • All hourly employees available to work will be granted one week (48 hours for 12 hour shift employees, or 40 hours for 10 hours shift employees) of additional paid time off so that they will not experience financial hardship during this period.

  • For most employees, they will end up working three sets and receiving one set off as paid time off.

  • Due to skills requirements, some employees may be scheduled to work all four sets. In these cases, those employees will be able to carry forward this additional week of paid time off. 

  • In rare cases, it may be necessary for employees to utilize some of their paid time off entitlements.

  • Affected employees will be contacted by their supervisor with further details.         

It is important to reiterate that we have also introduced additional safety protocols to adapt to the increase in the number of people who will be on site during the transition period. These protocols are:

Enhanced safety measures

The Safety department is performing Critical Control Verifications (CCVs) to ensure that safety protocols are being adhered too and are effective.

Enhanced communication measures

We are working to ensure the right messages are getting down to the floor level.

Increased BSW capacity
We have temporarily increased staffing in the BSW group to ensure increased cleaning, and are sanitizing with increased frequency.

HVC and the USW are working closely to ensure we continue to treat employees fairly and according to our collective agreement.

We will continue to monitor this evolving situation closely and may need to further adapt our approach if circumstances change. The ongoing challenge of COVID-19 calls on all of us to stay diligent in following preventative measures and supporting each other and our teams. We know that preserving employment and economic activity to the extent possible will be essential to helping our communities recover from COVID-19; however, our ability to maintain those will be determined by how well we work together to meet this challenge.

Please remember that it is up to each and every one of us to be a leader not just at work, but at home and in our communities. We thank all of you for your cooperation and your ongoing commitment to the health and safety of your colleagues, families and communities.           

Sincerely,

Elaina Ware                             
General Manager 

Kyle Wolff
President USW 7619

Teck Highland Valley Copper Operations Works with Local Business to Support COVID-19 Prevention

Highland Valley Copper (HVC) is working with local business during our implementation of prevention measures for COVID-19, in alignment with our focus on local procurement.

When Chad Lindsey, USW local 7619 Health and Safety co-chair at HVC learned that Kamloops Forager Distilling Company had begun producing hand sanitizer for local non-profit organizations, he inquired whether supply was available for purchase.

After Chad brought this local procurement opportunity forward to HVC’s Health and Safety Superintendent, Ryan Thomson and HVC’s Superintendent of Materials Management, Scott Hacquoil who have been focused on COVID-19 prevention measures at the mine, the local hand sanitizer product was added to the mine’s current supply.

Studies have shown that the most effective control is to wash your hands with soap and water, but as a preventive measure, employees are being provided with access to hand sanitizer as well. 

Other distilleries across the country have switched from producing sprits to preventative products like hand sanitizer during this COVID-19 pandemic. 

Elaina Ware
General Manager

 

Teck Highland Valley Copper Supporting Frontline Healthcare Workers

Through the implementation of prevention measures for COVID-19, Highland Valley Copper (HVC) has also found opportunities to support frontline healthcare workers.

As part of this effort, HVC determined it could spare a donation of 150 N95 masks without compromising the health and safety of HVC employees. These masks were delivered to Interior Health last week, aligning with the commitment of HVC and our employees to support our local communities.

We encourage employees to stay connected to relevant information about HVC’s preventive measures and resources available relating to COVID-19 through direct communication with their supervisors; internal communication found on HVC internal intranet; and reading resources available on the Teck/HVC external website at www.teck.com/hvc.

For any questions related HVC’s approach to COVID-19, employees can also send an email to hvc_covid-19_feedback@teck.com.  Please note responses based on inquires may not be immediate; please allow for a period of time to gather informative responses.

Elaina Ware
General Manager

A Message from General Manager Elaina Ware

 

HVC Colleagues,

I first want to thank you for how you’ve responded to this unprecedented situation. Throughout the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, you have shown focus and resilience, and for that I am thankful.

Our vision of everyone going home safe and healthy every day is guiding our COVID-19 response as we work to safeguard the health and safety of our team while responsibly maintaining employment and economic activity. To that end, HVC is implementing extensive preventive measures that support community and global efforts to stop the spread of the virus. The following summarizes some of the preventative measures in place or underway.

Cleaning:

  • Cleaning frequency increased with a focus on high touch areas

  • Disinfectant being used for cleaning and supplied to employees

  • Buses being cleaned before and after each trip

  • Promoting personal preventative measures, such as frequent handwashing

  • Bulk cleaning and disinfecting supplies being purchased in large volume

Social Distancing:

  • Eliminated group meetings, using radios or video conferencing

  • Staggered shift starts and end times to reduce number of people in dry

  • Alternating break times and increase physical distance in break rooms

  • Eliminated all non-essential visitors and contractors at site

  • Implemented remote work where possible

  • Promoting physical distancing, reminding people to maintain 1-2 metres

Screening:

Requirement to self-disclose and quarantine for 14 days

  • if exhibiting symptoms consistent with COVID-19

  • if exposed to someone with symptoms consistent with COVID-19

  • after returning from travel outside of Canada

We’re closely monitoring information and guidance from health agencies and will continue to implement additional measures to mitigate risk and ensure the health and safety of our workforce.

While this evolving situation will challenge the way we typically work at HVC, I have full confidence that we will get through this stronger together. Thank you for your ongoing efforts and support, flexibility in the face of uncertainty, and continued focus on the health and safety of everyone.

Elaina Ware
General Manager

COVID-19 Potential Temporary Impacts to HVC Operations
 

Jointly, we are writing this note in support of Teck’s public announcement this morning in relation to COVID-19 preventative measures. We recognize that this announcement, combined with overall fears about COVID-19 more broadly, has created some anxiety and uncertainty.

We can assure you that we are working together to quickly build a reduced operating plan for the next 14 days. We will provide details of this plan to all employees once available.

Until then, please remain calm and contact your supervisor if you have any questions.

Sincerely,

Elaina Ware                             
General Manager 

Kyle Wolff
President USW 7619

HVC COVID-19 Response

We’re closely monitoring information and guidance from health agencies and will continue to implement additional measures to mitigate risk and ensure the health and safety of our workforce.

Please check back for updates. 

Learn more about Teck’s Response to COVID-19
 

An email has been established for employee inquiries relating to COVID-19: hvc_covid-19_feedback@teck.com 
Responses based on inquires may not be immediate; please allow for a period of time to gather informative responses.

Document for Employees

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

 


Sign Up for New Mobile Alert System

HVC is offering a new text/SMS alert system to help ensure employees are kept informed of COVID-19 response measures and other key updates.

How to Opt-In

To receive text/SMS alerts from Teck/HVC, text HVC to 101011.

Please note, standard text messaging rates may apply, and you can opt-out at any time by texting STOP.

Note: this text/SMS alert system replaces the one previously used at HVC. The old system has been deactivated.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Any employee who has symptoms consistent with COVID-19 will remain eligible for sick leave benefits through Sun Life.

  • The usual three-day waiting period for this has been waived.

  • To apply for sick benefits, an employee can simply complete the applicable short-term disability forms.

  • The forms are found on the HVC Info Centre or by reaching out, via email, to Dena McDermott.

  • Once completed, the employee has the choice of either sending the forms directly to Sun Life or to Victoria Rabbitt. 

  • The usual three-day waiting period has been waived.

  • On March 13, Teck announced updated travel guidance for all employees, which included guidance from Canadian health authorities that directed anyone returning to Canada from international destinations, including the U.S., to self-isolate for 14 days.

  • If an employee returns from travel outside Canada, that travel was initiated before March 13 and the employee is now required to self-isolate, they are entitled to full pay for any missed regularly scheduled shifts.
     
  • If an employee returns from travel outside Canada, that travel was initiated on or after March 13, and the employee is now required to self-isolate, they will not be entitled to pay; however, unpaid leave will be provided.
  • If an employee is directed to self-isolate by Interior Health, they are eligible for HVC WI equivalent benefits.

  • HVC has temporarily altered the policy that prohibits removal of PPE from site.

  • Employees can now take their PPE home without requiring prior written consent.

  • If an employee self-isolated and did not experience symptoms consistent with COVID-19 (e.g. fever, cough, difficulty breathing), they can return to work without a note.

  • If an employee self-isolated and tested negative for COVID-19 after experiencing symptoms, they can return tor work without a note.

  • If an employee tested positive for COVID-19, return to work will only be permitted with medical clearance, which has been received and reviewed by HR.

  • Please speak to your supervisor immediately.

  • They can assess the situation and determine next steps.

  • We understand the need to stay in touch with family is more important than ever. As such, wifi coverage is now available at HVC.

  • People can catch COVID-19 from others who have the virus.

  • The disease can spread from person to person through small droplets from the nose or mouth which are spread when a person with COVID-19 coughs or exhales.

  • For up-to-date information about COVID-19, including how its spread, please visit the World Health Organization’s website at www.who.int.  

The following measures can help prevent the spread of the virus: 

 

  • Wash hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds and more often than you usually do

  • Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol

  • Do not touch 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

  • Avoid close contact with people who are unwell

For up-to-date information about COVID-19, including prevention, please visit the World Health Organization’s website at www.who.int.  

Teck

As one of Canada’s leading mining companies, Teck is committed to responsible mining and mineral development with major business units focused on copper, zinc, and steelmaking coal, as well as investments in energy assets.