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Updates Regarding COVID-19

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The COVID-19 crisis is an unprecedented situation. Since it all started, Raglan Mine has  worked jointly with Public Health authorities to protect the health and ensure the safety of its workers, their families and the Nunavik communities. 

This section contains the latest updates and information about COVID-19 at Raglan Mine.  

We realize that the situation changes very rapidly, and we will continue to provide updates consistent with circumstances. We thank our employees, contractors, suppliers and stakeholders for their support during this difficult period.   

For the latest information on Glencore's actions to combat COVID-19, please consult UPDATE ON COVID-19 on Glencore Group's website.

Questions & Answers

To respond to questions from our employees, their families and our stakeholders, we have put together a list of frequently asked questions and their answers. 

If you have any other concerns, we invite you to send us your questions to  inforaglan@glencore.ca. .

Employees who have questions specific to their situation are kindly asked to contact their supervisor or Human Resources.

Preventive measures

How does Raglan Mine determine what measures must be put in place to limit the spread of the COVID-19 virus?

Our priority is to ensure the health and safety of all our workers and, by extension, their families. We are also committed to protecting the people of Nunavik, who live in a particularly vulnerable region, being both remote and with limited health services capacity.  No compromise is made in these respects.  

A large number of preventive measures are implemented throughout the site to protect our workers and prevent the spread of the virus.   We are working with public health authorities and ensuring that all measures are in accordance with government guidelines, including those of the Nunavik regional authorities, as well as Glencore's health guidelines.  A multidisciplinary committee was set up at the beginning of the crisis to monitor the situation, apply the directives of government authorities and recommend actions to protect our workers and maintain our activities. 

It must be noted that as of October 30, 2021, all passengers on Raglan Mine flights have to provide proof of full vaccination in order to comply with Transport Canada requirements. 

What is being done to protect the employees presently working at the mine site?

Many hygiene and preventive measures have been and are being put in place throughout the mine site to prevent the spread of the virus. All these measures comply with the directives established by government authorities and public health organizations and with instructions formulated by Glencore. Here is a list of a few of them:

  • Intensification of cleaning and disinfection measures for premises, equipment and means of transport; 
  • Implementation of additional procedures for arrivals to the mine site, in airports and during staff travel;
  • Re-organization of work and common spaces to limit contacts among workers and ensure physical distancing;
  • Development of protocols and procedures in case a staff member, a contractor or a supplier shows symptoms of Covid-19.
  • A COVID-19 test is required upon the employee's arrival at the mine site.
What measures would Raglan Mine take if a person at the mine site had symptoms of or were contaminated by COVID-19?

Several hygiene and prevention measures have been implemented all over the mine site in an effort to prevent the spread of this virus at the site. If someone at the mine site has Covid-19-like symptoms or is tested positive for COVID-19, this person would automatically be quarantined.

What is being done to protect our host communities?

Since the beginning of the crisis, we have worked jointly with Public Health authorities on the issue of employees residing in Inuit communities, situated in a geographically remote and particularly vulnerable region where the capacity of health services is limited.

Among the measures put in place are the following:

  • Intensified cleaning and disinfection of premises, equipment and means of transportation;
  • The implementation of additional procedures prior to boarding at the mine site, at airports and during transportation;
  • The addition of a COVID-19 virology screening test for Nunavimmiut before they return to one of the Inuit communities.
  • As of October 30, 2021, all passengers on Raglan Mine flights have to provide proof of full vaccination in order to comply with Transport Canada requirements.  

Finally, we have maintained ongoing and transparent communication with our Nunavik stakeholders from the beginning of the crisis. It is important that our partners be kept well informed about the development of the situation both with regard to mining operations and measures implemented to protect workers and the population of Nunavik.

Do I need to be vaccinated to work at the mine site?

As of October 30, 2021, all passengers on Raglan Mine flights have to provide proof of full vaccination in order to comply with Transport Canada requirements.

General information

How can employees and contractors get updates on measures implemented by Raglan Mine?

All the memos published by Raglan Mine are emailed to the Glencore address of employees and contractors to keep them abreast of the development of the situation and measures taken. Raglan Mine also sends these memos to the personal email address of employees who have authorized the company to do so. The memos are also available on Raglan Mine’s Intranet site.

Employees who wish for their personal email address to be added on Raglan Mine’s distribution list must contact Human Resources. Note that it is not possible to email these memos to contractors.

Where can I find general information on COVID-19?

The information that circulates on the COVID-19 pandemic is quite abundant. We ask you to exercise prudence and good judgement when consulting the Internet in search for information about the virus. Several sites provide erroneous or unverified information. Following are a few official sites where you can find reliable information on COVID-19.

Gouvernement du Québec: https://www.quebec.ca/en/health/health-issues/a-z/2019-coronavirus/

Public Health Agency of Canada: https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/diseases/2019-novel-coronavirus-infection.html

World Health Organization: https://www.who.int/home

Preventive measures at Mine Raglan

Our priority is to maintain our operations while protecting the health and ensuring the safety of our workers and the Nunavik population, who lives in a particularly vulnerable region given its geographical remoteness and the limited capacity of its health services. No compromise is made on these issues.

We understand that the current situation causes great concern among our workers, their families and the local communities. To address some of these concerns, we have developed documents summarizing the preventive measures implemented in airports, during transportation and at the mine site. 

All the measures put in place by Raglan Mine are based on recommendations of Public Health and other government authorities. 

Recommended preventive measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19 – April 2020

5/25/2020
This document points out the various recommended measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Several reminder posters are affixed at the mine site and in the airports where we carry out operations.

Office opening procedure

3/16/2022
This informative poster is intended to guide our employees with the necessary measures needed to be taken as our offices gradually start to open.