COVID-19: Learn how we are protecting customers and employees

Big Ass Fans: Healthy At Work Canada

Big Ass Fans’ focus is on our employees, business continuity, communities, adherence to Dr. Williams’ (Ontario's Chief Medical Officer of Health) guidelines, and broader social responsibility. We’ve done a lot already:

Airflow Impact

Please visit this page for discussion on how our products can improve indoor air quality and ventilation and visit our Air Disinfection page to learn more about how we’re actively innovating new systems to create healthier spaces.

Employee Impact

In response to the COVID-19 crisis, we’ve introduced a series of internal policies for Big Ass Fans employees and facilities.

General Building Improvements

  • We have increased air circulation in highly populated areas.
  • We have added plexiglass barriers between workstations.
  • We have added hand sanitizing stations throughout our Oakville and TIDC locations.

Changes Made to Daily Activities

  • We granted employees an additional week of PTO to alleviate the immediate impact of the pandemic.
  • We are staggering break and lunch schedules to encourage continued social distancing.
  • We have suspended catering services and communal food areas.
  • We instituted an open-door policy for all internal doors to reduce the number of frequently touched surfaces
  • We are limiting meetings to teleconferencing or a 5-person maximum per conference room while maintaining social distance.
  • We are providing one face mask per employee to use and clean/launder for their individual reuse.
  • We instituted a no-visitor policy at any Big Ass Fans building without senior executive written approval and communication to the Health and Safety team with strict guidelines for any approved visitors.
  • We are requiring any business travel to be pre-approved by a senior executive. Personal travel will require a mandatory 14-day self quarantine.

Cleaning Policies

  • We have instituted an enhanced, rigorous cleaning regimen for all desks, workspaces, and common areas across all facilities.
  • Hand sanitizer and disinfectant spray is available throughout our Oakville office.

Return to Office (TBD)

  • We are requiring employees’ self-attestation of daily temperature checks.
  • A face mask/covering must be worn in compliance with government regulations.
  • Office employees are requested to keep their desktops as clear as possible to assist in sanitation efforts.
  • Employees should self-police their health and stay home if ill.
  • We will provide instructions on proper use of PPE with an internal team assigned to monitor and ensure PPE availability in all buildings.
  • Employees should continue to respect social distancing guidelines, including limiting attendance at meetings and using virtual meeting technologies when possible.

Business Impact

Customer/Supplier Meetings

  • All non-essential/non-pre-approved travel by Big Ass Fans employees is prohibited.
  • Outside visitors are limited to essential customer/supplier meetings.
  • Big Ass Fans team members are instructed to use telepresence as the preferred method of communication.

Remote Workforce: Field Solutions Representatives, etc.

  • Employees should follow all provincial, local, and individual company directives during any visit to a prospective or current customer.
  • Employees should contact the health and safety committee or their manager for assistance or questions relating to PPE use and availability.
  • All non-essential/non-pre-approved travel by Big Ass Fans employees is prohibited.

Take Care of Yourself and Others

We have implemented the above guidelines to achieve the following goals:

  • Slow the spread of the virus.
  • Strengthen our business continuity so we can better serve our customers.
  • Better protect our customers, employees, families, and communities.
  • Lessen the burden on our healthcare system and shared resources.

Steps Big Ass Fans employees are taking if a coworker becomes ill with COVID-19 symptoms or reports exposure to Coronavirus:

  • Immediately isolate the employee, ask them to depart the office to seek testing, and notify HR.
  • Instruct the employee to remain in contact with their manager and advise of any changes in health condition or any COVID-19 testing/results.
  • If the illness results in a body temperature of 38°C or above, the employee may not return to office until cleared by a physician.
  • Advise employees in the vicinity (3.5-meter radius) about potential exposure and instruct them to watch for any COVID-19 symptoms.