Teck Trail Operations started implementing safeguards against COVID-19 transmission several weeks ago. Sheri Regnier photo

From medical equipment to water treatment, Teck Trail is an essential service

” … Trail operations is one of a few, and in some cases, the only North American supplier.”

With the City of Trail on tight shutdown going on two weeks and many businesses closed to the public other than pharmacies and supermarkets, some in the community have been asking why big industry is still up and running.

Read more: Physical distancing has Kootenays hunting for hearts

Read more: Kootenay doctor mobilizes engineers in effort to bolster PPE supply

That leads to the question,“Is Teck Trail Operations an ‘essential’ service? And if so, why?”

Simply put, “Yes, it is an essential service.”

And this status is for several reasons.

“The fact is mining is a critical part of the global response to COVID-19,” began Jayne Garry, Teck Trail spokesperson.

“Metal and mineral products are needed for numerous important applications,” she explained.

“Trail Operations produces a number of products that are used directly in essential applications such as production of medical equipment, including instrument panels, thermal scan thermometers, food sterilization, and municipal water treatment processes,” Garry said.

“In many cases, Trail operations is one of a few, and in some cases the only, North American supplier.”

She also pointed out that maintaining jobs and economic activity to the extent possible – while taking the necessary preventative steps – will support the long-term economic and social recovery of local communities in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic.

As far as practices being taken for both employee and community protection, Garry says planning and implementation started weeks ago.

“Earlier this month, we moved quickly to restrict travel,” she said.

“And put in place comprehensive measures including enhanced cleaning and disinfecting protocols, eliminating large group meetings, screening contractors and visitors, promoting preventative measures like frequent handwashing, and requiring employees returning from international travel, or showing symptoms, to self-isolate.”

The company also expanded access to sick leave benefits to support those needing to isolate.

Further transmission prevention methods in place include:

• Enhancing cleaning and disinfecting protocols – custodians are focusing on high-touch point areas including door handles, hand railings, metal surfaces, and personnel access gates. Hospital-grade disinfectant solutions are available for use in all meeting rooms, common areas, and offices. These measures are monitored and signed off through daily checklists.

• Restricting the number of people in plant control rooms and other key areas to support physical distancing.

• Meeting rooms in which critical physical distancing is a challenge have been closed.

• Promoting and educating employees on personal preventative measures – this includes physical distancing, frequent handwashing, and handwashing instructions posted in bathrooms.

• Implementing regular checks to ensure everyone is complying with protocols.

• Reducing the number of employees on site, with a number of employees working remotely from home and staggering shifts for others.

“This has resulted in a 33 per cent reduction in the number of employees on site during a typical Monday to Friday day shift,” Garry said.

“Everyone is asked to make a conscious effort to assist in cleaning their work areas, including lunchrooms, as break times are staggered.”

She says the company continues to work with union partners and follow the guidance of government and public health authorities, and will adapt responses as this situation continues to evolve.

About Teck Trail Operations

Teck Metals Ltd. Trail Operations represents one of the world’s largest fully integrated zinc and lead smelting and refining complexes. Trail’s metallurgical operations also produce a variety of precious and specialty metals, chemicals and fertilizer products.



newsroom@trailtimes.ca

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

Business and IndustrialCity of TrailCoronavirusLocal News

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Logan Terness made 31 saves to backstop the Trail Smoke Eaters to a 4-2 victory over the Cranbrook Bucks on Saturday at the Cominco Arena. Jim Bailey photo.
Trail Smoke Eaters double up Bucks, take Game 3 of Kootenay Cup

The Trail Smoke Eaters Chase Dafoe scored the game winner in a 4-2 victory over Cranbrook Saturday

Kootenay West Candidates (L to R) Glen Byle (Conservative), Katrine Conroy (NDP), Andrew Duncan (Green), Corbin Kelley (Liberal), Fletcher Quince (Independent, Ed Varney (Independent).
Katrine Conroy leading in Kootenay West

Preliminary results put NDP candidate firmly in the lead.

NDP headquarters on election night, Oct. 24, 2020. (Katya Slepian/Black Press Media)
ELECTION 2020: Live blog from B.C. party headquarters

BC NDP projected to win majority government – but celebrations will look different this election

B.C. Green Party leader Sonia Furstenau outlines her party's climate action platform at Nanaimo's Vancouver Island Conference Centre earlier this month. (News Bulletin file photo)
Green leader Furstenau declared victor in her home riding on Vancouver Island

Cowichan Valley voters elect freshly minted party leader for her second term

John Horgan has been re-elected the MLA for Langford-Juan de Fuca. (File-Black Press)
Horgan trounces challengers to be re-elected in his Vancouver Island riding

MLA has represented constituency of Langford-Juan de Fuca and its predecessors since 2005

NDP Leader John Horgan celebrates his election win in the British Columbia provincial election in downtown Vancouver, B.C., Saturday, Oct. 24, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
Horgan celebrates projected majority NDP government, but no deadline for $1,000 deposit

Premier-elect says majority government will allow him to tackle issues across all of B.C.

Is it time to start thinking about greener ways to package cannabis?

Packaging suppliers are still figuring eco-friendly and affordable packaging options that fit the mandates of Cannabis Regulations

Join Black Press Media and Do Some Good

Pay it Forward program supports local businesses in their community giving

FILE – Prime Minister Justin Trudeau greets Premier John Horgan during a press conference at the BC Transit corporate office following an announcement about new investments to improve transit for citizens in the province while in Victoria on Thursday, July 18, 2019. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito
Trudeau congratulates Horgan on NDP’s election victory in British Columbia

Final count won’t be available for three weeks due to the record number of 525,000 ballots cast by mail

Comedic actor Seth Rogen, right, and business partner Evan Goldberg pose in this undated handout photo. When actor Seth Rogen was growing up and smoking cannabis in Vancouver, he recalls there was a constant cloud of shame around the substance that still lingers. Rogen is determined to change that. (Maarten de Boer ohoto)
Seth Rogen talks about fighting cannabis stigma, why pot should be as accepted as beer

‘I smoke weed all day and every day and have for 20 years’

Provincial Green Party leader Sonia Furstenau speaks at Provincial Green Party headquarters at the Delta Victoria Ocean Pointe in Victoria. (Arnold Lim / Black Press)
VIDEO: Furstenau leads BC Greens to win first riding outside of Vancouver Island

Sonia Furstenau became leader of BC Greens one week before snap election was called

NDP Leader John Horgan elbow bumps NDP candidate Coquitlam-Burke Mountain candidate Fin Donnelly following a seniors round table in Coquitlam, B.C., Tuesday, October 20, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
Horgan, NDP head for majority in B.C. election results

Record number of mail-in ballots may shift results

The Canadian border is pictured at the Peace Arch Canada/USA border crossing in Surrey, B.C. Friday, March 20, 2020. More than 4.6 million people have arrived in Canada since the border closed last March and fewer than one-quarter of them were ordered to quarantine while the rest were deemed “essential” and exempted from quarantining. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
Majority of international travellers since March deemed ‘essential’, avoid quarantine

As of Oct. 20, 3.5 million travellers had been deemed essential, and another 1.1 million were considered non-essential

Canada’s Chief Public Health Officer Theresa Tam responds to a question during a news conference Friday October 23, 2020 in Ottawa. Canada’s top physician says she fears the number of COVID-19 hospitalizations and deaths may increase in the coming weeks as the second wave continues to drive the death toll toward 10,000. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
Canada’s top doctor warns severe illness likely to rise, trailing spike in COVID-19 cases

Average daily deaths from virus reached 23 over the past seven days, up from six deaths six weeks ago

Most Read