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Are your employees properly trained for working safely with the COVID-19 reality?

Covid-19 has been a major part of our lives, day in and day out since government shutdowns and restrictions took place in Mid March of this year. We have been living with this in every aspect of our lives for over 7 months, and with the throws of the second wave upon us, it is not going away anytime soon. We as a society have learned a lot since the early days of the pandemic as the science has evolved. We know the simple things that we can do to protect ourselves and others, like wear masks, physically distance, wash our hands, clean and disinfect frequently, just to name a few. Unfortunately, what we have also seen, is a large amount of misleading information. This misinformation is not only shared on social media but has been spread around by some world leaders and on some mainstream media outlets. This has led to a large amount of confusion and made it so it is not always easy for people to trust or understand what steps they should truly take to reduce the spread of this virus.

While employers have done their best to ensure they take the steps required to protect their employee’s and visitors from contact with the virus, it is not always easy to ensure your entire workforce understands how the virus itself works and why the steps that the company has put in place need to be followed. Governments have done a great job providing guidance documents and best practices for workplaces to follow, and this has been invaluable to employers. For a program to have the best rate of success however, a true understanding of the virus is needed by those who are required to follow the guidance. It is no different than hiring a driver and asking them to drive your truck safely and efficiently. In order for that to occur, we can’t just hire a driver who has a proper license and send them out on their own. When they come on board, we spend time to mentor them, refine their skills and teach them the specific skills needed for handling the equipment, freight, and customers. Sending them out and telling them to be safe will never work if we do not provide the means and knowledge to achieve this ask. With this in mind, how many companies have been able to provide training to all of their employees on COVID-19 and how the virus works? My guess is this is a low percentage, and through no fault of your own. With the virus being so new, the training programs, for the most part, have yet to be developed. In addition, companies have been working hard to ensure they keep up with and follow ever changing government guidelines and regulations, not to mention just trying to keep the lights on and employees on the payroll. This has been a challenging and unprecedented time for everyone, with no playback or history to refer to as to how to handle this situation.

With this in mind, the PMTC Board of Directors has agreed to partner with Bluedrop Learning Networks, a Canadian-based globally recognized e-learning innovator to bring a proven COVID-19 Work Safe training course to our membership, and for our extended carrier and stakeholder groups. 

Bluedrop’s interactive online training course, which launched with great success by the Province of Newfoundland & Labrador in July, was developed under the guidance of several noted national experts, including Canada’s former Deputy Chief Public Health Officer, Dr. David Mowat. The course has now been tailored specifically for the trucking/shipping/freight management industry.

The results of the training are equally impressive. An online survey of over 200 course registrants was recently conducted to assess its impact. Prior to completing the course, only 49% of survey participants passed a knowledge check on COVID-19 best practices. After completing the course, the pass rate increased to 95%. Overall, participants showed a 53% increase in workplace COVID-19 safety knowledge after completing the course. 81% of those completing the course said that they now felt ‘very confident’

in their ability to keep their co-workers and customers safe from COVID-19. Finally, 95% of survey respondents stated they would encourage their co-workers to complete this training.  

The COVID-19 Work Safe Course has since been adopted by WCB agencies and employer groups in Nova Scotia, Ontario, and Manitoba with more to be announced shortly. Bluedrop CEO Emad Rizkalla recently showcased the solution at the 22nd World Congress on Health and Safety at Work as an example of global innovation in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

In the next few weeks the course will become available on the PMTC website at www.pmtc.ca, and we will provide more information at that time. The PMTC will receive zero revenue from this course offer, nor will Bluedrop. The reason for this partnership is to make the course available for as many companies and employees as possible, to ensure we all have the tools to reduce the spread of COVID-19 to keep all of us safe!

In the meantime, for more information on the training or the impact that it's having, feel free to visit the SkillsPass Resource Page, and you can also register for the free 30-minute overview webinar on October 29, 2020 at 1pm EST. You can register HERE

Mike Millian

President

Private Motor Truck Council of Canada

225 Main Street East

Unit #5, Milton, On

L9T 1N9

Office: 905-827-0587

Cell: 519-932-0902

Fax: 905-827-8212

E-Bulletin

October 16, 2020

Please note that the PMTC has collected all E-bulletins as it relates to Covid-19

and placed them all for reference on our member website if our members need to refer back to them,

under E-news Hub/Covid-19 Bulletins

We will be moving this updates to 3 times a week unless something comes up that we need to inform you of immediately.

Good afternoon PMTC Members:

Attached and below are todays jurisdictional updates.

National

The federal government recently updated the Essential Services letter that Transport Companies can provide to their drivers to help with the ease of travel as restrictions continue to be reinstituted in the face of a 2nd wave.

The letter that PMTC can members can complete and forward is attached, in both French and English.  A link to a blank form from the Transport Canada Website is here. https://tc.canada.ca/en/initiatives/covid-19-measures-updates-guidance-issued-transport-canada/employment-confirmation-essential-transportation-worker

Land Border

The current ban on all non-essential travel at the land border is set to expire on October 21st. Although the extension of this closure has not been officially extended yet, Prime Minster Trudeau, in an interview on Global News yesterday, stated that the border would remain closed until the US gets the COVID-19 situation under control. The impending extension, as in the past, will not have an effect on essential travel, such as that performed by Commercial Truck Drivers.

New Brunswick

State of emergency extended

The state of emergency mandatory order was renewed on Thursday, Oct. 15, under the authority of the Emergency Measures Act.

North West Territories

Minister of Health and Social Services, Julie Green has extended the territory-wide Public Health Emergency under the Northwest Territories’ Public Health Act on the advice of Chief Public Health Officer (CPHO) Dr. Kami Kandola The latest extension continues through October 27, 2020. 

The COVID-19 pandemic has accelerated considerably across Canada in recent weeks as the country’s caseload surged to its highest point in the pandemic.

The Public Health Emergency is required to continue to decisively respond to shifts in the NWT’s own public health situation, and maintain preventative measures.

For more information and to stay up-to-date on COVID-19 in the territory, visit the Government of the Northwest Territories COVID-19 Website at www.gov.nt.ca/covid-19/.

South of the border

 

www.cvsaemergencydeclarations.org

Mike Millian

President

Private Motor Truck Council of Canada

225 Main Street East

Unit #5, Milton, On

L9T 1N9

Office: 905-827-0587

Cell: 519-932-0902

Fax: 905-827-8212

*** Please note the message below originated on the Internet. Please use caution when replying or opening links or attachments. ***

*Le français suit*

Dear members,

We are pleased to inform you that the five (5) temporary certificates that follow have been renewed until January 31, 2021 (or the day they are cancelled in writing by the Minister of Transport):

Please see attached documents for more information.

Thank you,

Chers membres,

Nous avons le plaisir de vous informer que les cinq (5) certificats temporaires qui suivent ont été renouvelés jusqu’au 31 janvier 2021 (ou le jour où ils sont annulés par écrit par le ministre des Transports) :

Veuillez-vous référer aux documents en pièces-jointes pour plus d’informations.

Merci,

The TDG Stakeholder Information Team / L’équipe d’information aux intervenants du TMD

Transport Canada / Government of Canada | Transports Canada / Gouvernement du Canada

Email / Courriel: TC.TDGStakeholderInformation-InformationsintervenantsTMD.TC@tc.gc.ca

Current News

New Research Findings: Labour Market Impacts of COVID-19 for Canada’s National Trucking Industry

Trucking HR Canada released the second report in a series focused on assessing labour market impacts of COVID-19. This report includes updated insights of how COVID-19 is affecting trucking and logistics employment, and what can be expected for employers in the industry in the next three years. This second stage of the report presents a labour market forecast and shares results based on the ramifications of COVID-19. In the forecast, we learn that:

  • Over the first two quarters of 2020, employment in the trucking and logistics sector is expected to contract by 10.4%, or 72,000 jobs, due to COVID-19. We expect a 10.9% contraction among truck drivers and 10.0% decline among non-truck driver occupations.
  • Given anticipated retirements and other labour outflows from the truck driver occupation, there is a strong indication that, by 2023, labour demand is unlikely to be fully met, which would mean a return to driver shortages.
  • We estimate that COVID-19 and its economy-wide impacts will result in declines in truck driver employment that cost the truck transportation industry approximately $3.2 billion in sales in 2020.

On July 9, the Government of Canada held a briefing to share this important update with officials and ultimately aid in good decision making for the industry. Trucking HR Canada partnered with The Conference Board of Canada to undertake research assessing the labour impacts of Covid-19 on the trucking and logistics sector. This forecast is designed to help us better understand what employers might expect down the road in terms of post-COVID economic rebound projections, forecasts of employment as well as estimates on expected employment losses.

You can download the report at truckinghr.com.

Trucking HR Canada is a national, non-profit organization, advancing modern HR solutions for the trucking and logistics workforce. We collaborate, partner, and work with a dynamic network including industry associations, government departments and industry professionals to ensure Canada’s freight transportation network has the skilled workforce needed for today and into the future.