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Apr 3 2020

Statement — Measures to manage COVID-19 on the Keystone XL project

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With the current and evolving Coronavirus (COVID-19) situation, we’ve provided some insight as to how Keystone XL is responding to this situation. And, as safety is our number one value, we extend our sincerest well-wishes to the families affected, and we recognize the tremendous efforts of first responders and health professionals worldwide.

We have implemented some proactive measures as we continue to progress the Keystone XL project. 

International SOS assisting Keystone XL with COVID-19 prevention

Safety is our number one value! With the current and evolving Coronavirus (COVID-19) conditions, we want to ensure our workforce and the surrounding communities are safe during Keystone XL’s pre-construction and construction activities.

We have sought the expertise and experience of International SOS, Corporate Medical Advisors, a member of the International SOS Group of companies, and their partner Beacon Occupational Health and Safety Services, to provide medical advisory and consultation services.

Want to learn more about International SOS, global leaders in medical and travel security, and how they will provide support for Keystone XL, read the following frequently asked questions. Also, learn more at InternationalSOS.com, CorporateMedicalAdvisors.com and BeaconOHSS.com

Implementing safety protocols at our Montana construction site

Keystone XL - COVID-19 Safety Precautions

Keystone XL and its prime contractor have taken proactive steps to manage the health risk and prevent the spread of the infection as we begin work in northern Montana on the first U.S. segment of the project.

We have put into place policies and protocols that follow all guidelines from applicable regulatory agencies, including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. We have communicated our policies to local health agencies in Montana near our work site. We are committed to working closely with these agencies, keeping them informed of conditions at our work site.

The policies and protocols established for employees to our Montana work site include:

  • All suppliers, employees and subcontractors will be required to complete a questionnaire about their health and their travels before being allowed on the site. We are also taking the temperature of incoming employees.
  • Travel in and out of the site will be minimized to essential personnel.
  • All gatherings and meetings will be limited to 10 people or fewer and our personnel will maintain at least six feet of distance between themselves and others whenever possible. We will reduce the participants in essential meetings to the fewest people possible.
  • Transport vehicles will be sanitized/disinfected/cleaned after each trip. Hand wash facilities and hand sanitizer will be available at all locations.
  • A log will be maintained daily at all locations to account for personnel in/out to all sites, the log will be all inclusive with visitors included.
  • COVID-19 training will be provided to all employees upon arrival to the site.
  • Any person exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19 will be isolated from other personnel immediately and removed from the project.  We will also notify local health departments of any person who tests positive for the coronavirus.

Together, we will ensure our workforce and local communities remain safe, and that our important work continues.

Read the Keystone XL COVID-19 Safety Precautions

Protecting our teams, partners and communities

Throughout TC Energy, we’ve established policies and protocols for employees, contractors and visitors to manage their health risk and quell the spread of infection, including:

  • Staying connected to various levels of health and government agencies to ensure we’re aligned with recommended standards to meet risk levels.
  • Proactively closing our major metropolitan offices and having our employees work remotely, canceling non-critical travel and holding meetings with partners, where possible, via phone or video conferencing.
  • Requiring that only employees who are critical to the safe and reliable operations are permitted to work in our offices and in the field.
  • Requiring all our workers to follow safe practices including hygiene, avoiding large public gatherings, adhering to travel restrictions, and staying away from work if they are sick. 
  • Implementation of screening protocol for all workers and a detailed pre-access COVID-19 questionnaire.

International SOS Frequently Asked Questions

International SOS, Corporate Medical Advisors, a member of the International SOS Group of companies, and their partner Beacon Occupational Health and Safety Services provide medical advisory and consultation services. International SOS was established in 1985 and Beacon Occupational Health and Safety Services was established in 1999. In 2014, International SOS and Beacon entered into a partnership to provide seamless medical consultation services throughout the U.S. and world.

International SOS operates in 92 countries globally.

International SOS currently employs over 11,000 people with over 2,500 physicians, many of whom are experts in their field of study. Corporate Medical Advisors brings together an experienced team of physicians to provide 24/7 Medical Directorship through dedicated lead physicians in both the United States and Canada. The Medical Director team can interface with any department, functional stakeholder, vendor or service provider when medical-related questions or issues arise, both in Canada, the US and internationally. Beacon has 200 medical staff, including board certified Emergency Medicine, Family Practice and Occupational Health MDs.

International SOS has supported numerous pipeline projects and companies in the oil and gas industry throughout Canada and the U.S., including Coastal GasLink.

Corporate Medical Advisors will work with TC Energy’s COVID-19 crisis management team to ensure that the COVID-19 response is medically led and coordinated and that advice and guidance on occupational medicine matters includes public and environmental health focus and supports medical community leadership discussions. For the Keystone XL project, they are in a consultative role. But as in all their projects, they deploy their vetted medical professionals as needed; from an EMR on a single site up to a full-scale clinic led by a Nurse Practitioner. Currently, in most of their remote sites, telephonic consultation is the most common to assess an individual’s symptoms related to COVID-19. This protects the health of the patient, other individuals who might be in the clinic for other reasons, and the health care workers.

They frequently engage local health care providers as part of the site level program; carefully balancing between referring where appropriate and not overburdening local resources.

Critical. In rural areas where local health care systems can quickly be overburdened. International SOS medical professionals are trained to provide the best possible care to the workers, while limiting off-site transfers. Currently their historical off-site transfer rate is under two percent.

Currently they are providing pandemic planning support and medical advisory and consultation, but they have the capacity and capability to provide field level health care professionals as required.