BC Construction Safety Alliance – COVID-19 Resources

Resource:BC COVID-19 Symptom Self-Assessment Tool

This self-assessment tool, developed with the BC Ministry of Health, will help determine whether you may need further assessment or testing for COVID-19. You can complete this assessment for yourself, or on behalf of someone else, if they are unable to.

BCCSA Guidance on COVID-19

The COVID-19 pandemic is a rapidly evolving situation that now requires immediate action by all of us. The graph on the linked document shows that the number of confirmed cases in Canada is now rising rapidly. It will continue to rise exponentially if we do not take action. Click here for complete document.

Safe Work Practice: COVID-19 and the Construction Industry

The linked document is a guide for employer’s to use as a toolbox talk or safety meeting when discussing the COVID-19 virus with their worker’s on a construction site.

According to the BC Center for Disease Control (CDC) a new coronavirus is causing an outbreak of respiratory infections. It is vital for all employers’ to provide information to their employees, how to protect themselves and their family and what to do if they suspect they may feel ill or sick.  Safe Work Practice.

Concerns about COVID-19 and requesting a test, please read the linked document (download here)

What precautions can I take to stay healthy and prevent the spread of infections?

The advice from health agencies is:

  • Wash your hands frequently for at least 20 seconds using soap and water.
  • If a sink is not available, 60-90% alcohol-based hand rubs (hand sanitizer) can be used to clean hands if they are not visibly soiled. If they are visibly soiled, you can use an alcohol-based disposable hand wipe to remove the dirt and then use an alcohol-based hand rub.
  • Do not touch your eyes/nose/mouth with unwashed hands.
  • When you sneeze or cough, cover your mouth and nose with a disposable tissue or the crease of your elbow, and then wash your hands.
  • Stay home when you are ill to avoid spreading the illness to others.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick with an infection.
  • If you are ill, have symptoms of flu like a fever or cough, you should stay home.

See the following sites for more information:

Vancouver Coastal Health — http://www.vch.ca/about-us/news/vancouver-coastal-health-statement-on-coronavirus

Public Health Agency of Canada — https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/diseases/2019-novel-coronavirus-infection.html

BC Centre for Disease Control — http://www.bccdc.ca/about/news-stories/stories/2020/information-on-novel-coronavirus

World Health Organization — https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019