Canadian Nuclear Laboratories (CNL) has announced that Port Hope Area Initiative (PHAI) field activities currently underway in Port Hope and Port Granby will continue under the Ontario government’s Stay-at-Home order now in effect. Remote workers will continue to work from home until the order is lifted. CNL will not advance any additional projects at this time.
PHAI activities follow strict protocols specifically related to the COVID-19 pandemic to ensure the safety of our workers and the public. These measures include screening of workers, physical distancing in the field and in offices, sanitization practices for personnel and equipment, mandatory face-covering policies and supplementary virus-related personal protective equipment where required.
CNL’s work through the PHAI is considered essential under the current Ontario regulations. With robust COVID-19 measures and CNL oversight in place, we are confident our contractors and staff can conduct work safely.
PHAI work is guided by the following principles:
- Employees will continue to work remotely wherever possible.
- Fieldwork will be regularly assessed to ensure the benefits continue to outweigh any potential risks.
- Hazards will be identified, and controls defined and implemented effectively in advance of starting work, and continuously as work progresses.
CNL continues to monitor COVID-19 statistics in the province and locally, and will follow guidance from federal/provincial governments and public health authorities. PHAI work will be advanced according to the willingness of residents to allow CNL and its contractors’ staff on their properties, as well as CNL’s corporate directives.
We urge our workers, members of our communities and the general public to take extra care to protect themselves and their families during this pandemic.