Keeping everyone healthy and safe is our #1 priority!

The major focus this year is on the health and safety of everyone doing detasseling work. We will be following all protocols established by the Chatham-Kent Public Health Unit, as well as other health authorities, following whichever standard is highest.

What QDC will do and provide:

  • We will do a thorough COVID-19 symptoms assessment (including temperature scan) of each person before they get on the bus. Specialized Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) such as 3-ply masks and plastic face shields will be provided for transporting workers before they get on the buses.
  • Only be one person allowed per seat this year, and there will be no moving around on the buses.
  • We have large quantities of hand sanitizer and spray disinfectant to be used regularly throughout the day as required.
  • Liquid soap, water, and paper towels will also be provided for regular use throughout the day.
  • Everyone will work in the fields at a physical distance of at least 2 meters (6 feet). Working outside makes this relatively easy!
  • We will conduct a complete training for all rules and procedures immediately for each person on their first day of work.

What each employee must do and provide:

  • Every worker must follow all Health and Safety rules and procedures as trained on and instructed.
  • Do a self assessment for COVID-19 symptoms such as a recent fever, cough, difficulty breathing, muscle pain, severe headache, sore throat or runny nose each day. If you have any of these symptoms on a given day, then do NOT go to your pick up location.
  • Maintain physical distancing of at least 2 meters (6 feet) at the pick up location at all times.
  • Bring at least 4 litres (1 gallon) of water. We will not be providing a backup supply for everyone this year.
  • Bring a plastic bag (such as a grocery bag) to remove any personal waste and debris from breaks and lunch.
  • Every worker will take their face shield home at the end of the work day and clean it with soap and hot water.
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