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Mothership Adventures Covid-19 Best Practices

Mothership Adventures Inc.
COVID-19 Restart Plan
For Phase 3 and Beyond
(July 1, 2020)

Overview

Purpose

Mothership Adventures Inc. has developed a Covid-19 response in order for us to restart our operations while meeting Public Health Directives regarding the COVID-19 pandemic and to ensure the ongoing health and safety of our crews and guests while aboard the M.V. COLUMBIA III. Our plan will be implemented in conjunction with the guidelines of the approved Small Ship Tour Operators Association of BC (SSTOABC) Covid 19 Best Practices, the approved Commercial Bear Viewers Association (CBVA) Covid 19 Best Practices and the Guided Sea Kayak Tour Operators in BC (GSKTOBC) Covid-19 Best Practices.

As the current situation is constantly evolving, this document will be amended and updated to reflect the most recent information and requirements. These plans will be updated as Provincial Health directives and the pandemic itself evolve and will be carried onboard and communicated to the crew, in person and by email, as well as posted on our website. Mothership Adventures Inc. will carry on board the COLUMBIA III the WorkSafe BC document "OFAA Protocols During the COVID-19 Pandemic."

Mothership Adventures Inc

Mothership Adventures Inc. has been offering eco-adventures on the BC coast for over 20 years. It is owned by Ross Campbell and Fern Kornelsen. Our company provides predominantly kayaking tours to small groups and offers very personalized expeditions on board the certified passenger vessel M.V. COLUMBIA III.

The COLUMBIA III is a 20m classic wooden motor vessel with 5 guest staterooms and is certified to carry 11 passengers and 4 crew. In addition, the vessel has a galley, three washrooms and a large interior salon. The COLUMBIA III has an extensive exterior covered deck and an open foredeck.

Public Health Directives

Mothership Adventures Inc. has suspended its scheduled 2020 operations due to the COVID-19 restrictions put in place by the Provincial Health Authority. The Province recently proposed a 4-phase restart program for various organizational sectors. Mothership Adventures Inc. along with the industries and businesses it relies on, will be able to restart their operations in Phase 3. This third phase began July 1, 2020 because the COVID-19 transmission rates remained low or were in decline.

WorkSafeBC has released new Health and Safety Guidelines and best practices. Mothership Adventures Inc. will adapt these materials into an appropriate COVID-19 Safety Plan for the workplace to protect workers (crew) from the risk of exposure to COVID-19. The Safety plan is attached. Physical distancing can be achieved on board the COLUMBIA III by reducing the operating capacity from 10 passengers to 8 and having the 4 crew work as a single "Working Group".

Recognizing Hazards and Assessing Risks

Mothership Adventures Inc. regularly assess hazards and risks within their operations. During scheduled inspections with examiners and during drills and meetings with the owners and crew, there are discussions on how to eliminate or control the associated risks at the workplace. The owners have now completed a risk assessment with a focus on exposure to COVID-19. Controls have been developed to address concerns where crew and customers can have encounters with each other or the physical environment that can give rise to contact with COVID-19. These controls are explained in the following practices, procedures and plans.

Exposure Control Plan

Recognizing that COVID-19 has been classified as a Risk Group 3 by the center of Biosecurity, Mothership Adventures Inc. is required to develop and implement an exposure control plan. As Mothership Adventures Inc. is only required to have a level 1 Occupational First Aid Attendant, the exposure control plan is limited to that level of First Aid training. The following operating guidelines and procedures will act as the exposure control plan along with the attached OFAA COVID-19 protocol sheet.

COLUMBIA III Best Practices / General Operating Guidelines

Mothership Adventures Inc. has developed a Covid-19 response to ensure the ongoing health and safety of our crew and guests while aboard the Columbia lll. Our plan will be implemented in conjunction with the guidelines of the Small Ship Tour Operators Association of BC Covid 19 Best Practices, the Commercial Bear Viewers Association Covid 19 Best Practices and the Guided Sea Kayak Tour Operators in BC. These plans will be updated as Provincial Health directives and the pandemic itself evolve and will be carried onboard and communicated to the crew, in person an bd by email, as well as posted on our website. Mothership Adventures Inc. will carry on board Columbia lll the WorkSafe BC document "OFAA Protocols During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Employee Policies

Employees (Crew) must:

Progressive Discipline Policy

In order to put a stop to unacceptable behavior by a crew member the following progressive discipline policy will be used.

1. Verbal warning, 2. Written warning, 3. Suspension, 4. Termination

The Progressive Discipline Program will include:

Crew Communications

This plan, guidelines and procedures will be kept on board and made readily available to all crew. As the current situation is constantly evolving, any updates and changes to this document will be made to the copy on board and communicated to the crew in person or via email.

Guest Communications

Prior to arrival, passengers (guests) will receive the following message;

Upon arrival, guests will receive the following information beyond the standard welcome and safety orientation:

Upon departure the guests will be asked to self-monitor their health for 14 days and inform Mothership Adventures Inc. immediately if they show any signs of sickness during that time. Mothership Adventures Inc. will then contact the local health authority and follow the appropriate contact tracing protocols.

Sanitation and Hygiene

Hand Hygiene

Crew and guests will be required to practice proper and frequent hand hygiene. Reusable hand towels will no longer to be used. Therefore paper towel dispensers have been installed in the three washrooms and in the galley. Adequate handwashing supplies will be consistently maintained in the washrooms, galley and in all hand sanitizer stations.

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

A sufficient supply of non-surgical masks (face covering) and disposable gloves will be maintained on board. Crew and guests will be informed of the limitations, proper use and disposal of the protective equipment. Individual full-face shields and protective suits will be available for each crew member.

Environmental Hygiene & Decontamination

Frequency of Environmental hygiene and decontamination will be increased on board and strengthened by more aggressive cleaning and decontamination products. Special attention will be placed on the disinfection of toilets, galley, and objects which are frequently touched such as light switches, doorknobs and handrails. To avoid contamination, cloth napkins and utensil holders will no longer be used.

SPECIFIC COLUMBIA III PROCEDURES

Physical distancing during guest arrival/departure:

Physical distancing below decks:

Physical distancing for a skiff excursion:

Physical distancing for onshore bear viewing:

Kayaking Risk Management Protocol:

Food Safety:

Cleaning and Disinfecting:

Laundry:

Mothership Adventures Inc.
M.V. COLUMBIA III
Work Safe BC
COVID-19 Safety Plan
(July 1, 2020)

Assessing the risks:

Mothership Adventures Inc. regularly assess hazards and risks within their operations. During scheduled inspections with examiners and during drills and meetings with the owners and crew, there are discussions on how to eliminate or control the associated risks at the workplace. The owners and crew have now completed a risk assessment with a focus on exposure to COVID-19. The following areas and activities have been identified where crew and customers can have encounters with each other or the physical environment that can give rise to contact with COVID-19.

Protocols to reduce the risks:

Elimination Control measures

Engineering Control measures

Administrative Control measures

Personal Protection Control measures

Cleaning, Hygiene and Disinfecting Control measures

Workplace Policies:

Communication Plans and Training:

Monitoring the Workplace & Updating Plans:

Assessing and Addressing Risks from Resuming Operations:


OFAA Protocols During the COVID-19 Pandemic
www.worksafebc.com/en/resources/health-safety/information-sheets/ofaa-protocols-covid-19-pandemic