Protecting our Strathcona workforce from COVID-19


Protecting our Strathcona workforce from COVID-19

Alberta Health Services notified us on Saturday, August 29, that the outbreak is officially closed at Strathcona Refinery. All seven confirmed cases have now recovered, and pending no further changes, we expect to be removed from the COVID-19 outbreak website on September 1. Thank you to everyone who helped us successfully manage through this situation.

Updated on Aug. 31, 2020

There is nothing more important to us than the safety and health of our workforce and our communities. This is Imperial’s priority as we continue to take actions to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Imperial’s Strathcona refinery has been designated an outbreak location* by Alberta Health Services with two active confirmed cases and five recovered cases as of August 28.

Our thoughts are with these individuals and their families.

We are completing contact tracing in conjunction with Alberta Health Services (AHS) and have asked additional members of our workforce to self-isolate as a precaution while further testing is underway.

We are also working actively with AHS to develop an approach for voluntary on-site testing for our workforce.

Summary of proactive measures taken:

Following direction from Alberta Health Services and with additional guidance from our Occupational Health department, we have proactively implemented and sustained stringent measures since the start of  the pandemic to ensure the safety of personnel working at Strathcona refinery. These include the following:

  • As of April 16, face coverings are required when personnel are unable to maintain appropriate physical distance when doing close proximity work and in shared spaces such as hallways, with a few exceptions
  • All employees were provided with personal hand sanitizer and four reusable face coverings
  • Provided employees with “take home kits”, including two reusable masks, four disposable masks and an ear saver
  • Implemented Top Three Critical Actions for employees to follow – good personal hygiene, self-monitoring for symptoms and physical distancing. This has evolved to Top Four Critical Actions, which includes mandatory face coverings outside of personal work areas
  • Enhanced cleaning and sterilization, including additional hand washing stations and hand sanitizer units located across site
  • Implemented on-site temperature checks
  • Provided clear protocols for employees and supervisors for what to do if they are sick and experiencing symptoms
  • Restricted non-essential travel
  • Reduced meeting room capacity and shared offices to maintain appropriate physical distance
  • Moved to virtual meetings and training via Skype/Zoom
  • Leveraged on-site healthcare professionals to manage employee questions and concerns

The health and well-being of our team is our priority, and we continue to build upon these procedures based on guidelines from Alberta Health Services.

We understand the important role our employees play in this province. Energy industry workers are Alberta’s economic essential workers. Our team at Strathcona is working to ensure Albertans and all Canadians receive the energy resources they need, safely, both during and after this unprecedented time. First and foremost, our focus remains on the health and safety of our workforce, their families and our communities.

*As defined by AHS, an outbreak location is reported publicly when there are five or more cases. Outbreaks are declared over when four weeks have passed with no new cases, so not all outbreaks managed by AHS have current transmission happening.

Strathcona's voluntary COVID-19 testing program

With the removal of the outbreak status, Strathcona’s on-site voluntary testing program concluded on September 4, 2020. As per Alberta Health Services guidelines, testing is available by contacting Alberta Health Services online or at 811 to book an appointment.