A safe and healthy workplace at Nanaimo Airport

1 October 2020

Helping its staff stay healthy during the pandemic reflects Nanaimo Airport’s commitment to its team. It’s also part of the airport’s commitment to passenger safety.

The airport introduced new workplace safety protocols when COVD-19 hit earlier this year. The measures support team members and reduce the risk of coronavirus transmission. The protocols also help staff keep their families, as well as travellers, healthy and safe.

Some of the workplace actions include:

  • Additional disinfecting

Nanaimo Airport has dedicated more hours every day for enhanced cleaning. The janitorial team regularly disinfects high-touch surfaces, including tables, light switches and doorknobs.

  • Personal protective equipment

The airport provides masks, gloves and hand sanitizer for its employees. Staff wear masks when they can’t safely distance from other workers or the public. This includes the Air Terminal Building, hallways, stairways, meeting and lunch rooms (other than when eating) and shop facilities.

  • Plexiglas barriers

Barriers have been added to counters in the Air Terminal Building. This includes check-in counters, boarding gates, customer service counters and car rental counters. The barriers protect employees of the airport and its business partners, passengers and the public.

  • Sanitizing vehicles

Staff using company vehicles sanitize steering wheels, seatbelts, door handles, etc. They use a disinfectant spray or wipe. Masks are required when two or more people are in an airport vehicle.

  • Working from home

For appropriate positions, Nanaimo Airport accommodates employees working remotely. It ensures they have the tools and equipment needed to create a safe and functional home work space. This protocol is especially helpful for employees who have underlying health issues or are immune-compromised. It also helps protect their families.

  • Supporting employee wellness

The airport works with its team members to ensure they self-monitor for any signs of illness before every shift. Employees are directed to remain at home if they experience any COVID-19 symptoms.