Covid-19 Welding Shop Update

Jan 5, 2022 | Covid-19, Welding Shop

Dear members,

We hope all of you had a nice holiday season and wish you all the best for 2022. Public Health moving the province to a modified Alert Level 4 is not the way we had hoped to start the New Year, but the waves of this virus have proven that we can innovate and persevere to keep people safe and operations functioning.
We are once again asking members to move towards online interaction during this time. The following is an update on our facilities effective Tuesday, January 4th, 2022:

UA Welding Shop

The Welding Shop will be open for scheduled testing only, no drop-ins or visits from members or the general public. The following Covid-19 protocols MUST be adhered to when entering the welding shop:

  • A mask is mandatory and it must be worn over the nose and mouth at all times.
  • You will be provided a date and time for your welding test (practice time will be included). Please
    do not show up early or you will have to wait in your vehicle with no access to the facility. If
    you miss your scheduled time, it will be rescheduled for a later date.
  • Welders are required to bring their own PPE including hard hat, welding shield, safety glasses, safety
    boots, gloves, and respirator where necessary. Items may not be shared.
  • Once inside the building, you must maintain physical distancing of 6 feet from other welders, staff
    and/or the inspector. No roaming to other parts of the building. The lunch room is closed.

Please call or text Bob O’Neill at 709-771-3840 to arrange for testing and for updates on protocol.

We ask that you respect and follow our safety measures to ensure the well being of your fellow members and staff. The above operations are subject to change depending on emergency measures enacted by public health officials.

Let’s Talk About Mental Health

If you are feeling a heightened level of stress, anxiety or fear and you feel overwhelmed or concerned that it is affecting your ability to care for yourself or your family, ask for help. Reach out to a family member, friend, or one of the following services for assistance:

  • Member Family Assistance Program (MFAP) – 1-866-448-9444. A confidential, no cost, support
    service provided through the RDTC/NLBTC Members Trust for UA Local 740 members and their immediate family.
  • Bridge the Gapp offers many free services to support you and your wellbeing –
  • The Provincial CHANNAL Warm Line at 1-855-753-2560 from 9:00 am to 12:00 am. If you are feeling isolated and alone, please reach out and speak with a trained mental health peer supporter.
  • Mental Health Crisis Line at 1-888-737-4668 available 24 hours a day or contact the Crisis Text service by texting 686868
  • If it is an urgent or life-threatening situation, call 911.

We will continue to monitor the outbreak and will update you as the situation evolves or when changes are necessary to align with Federal and Provincial Government directives. We wish you and your loved one’s health and safety during this challenging time. Please do your part to reduce the spread and stay well.