WorkSafeBC 2020 Q4 initiative: Maintaining COVID-19 safety plans

On November 7, 2020, the provincial health officer issued an order to all employers in the Vancouver Coastal Health and Fraser Health Authority regions. 

This order requires that all employers in the affected regions review their COVID-19 Safety Plan to ensure that appropriate protocols are in place to protect workers from the risk of transmission, including physical distancing, the use of barriers, and the use of masks. Employers are also required as part of this order to ensure that workers and others are prohibited from entering the workplace if they have symptoms of COVID-19. 

 Enhanced COVID-19 inspections and consultations 

Beginning this week, WorkSafeBC will be conducting enhanced COVID-19 Safety Plan inspections and consultations at workplaces in these regions, prioritizing workplaces identified as the highest risk for COVID-19 transmission. WorkSafeBC urges employers to stay vigilant, including revisiting existing COVID-19 Safety Plans and updating it with the involvement of workers as conditions change. 

In particular, WorkSafeBC prevention officers will focus on ensuring that workplace controls are effectively implemented and managed, appropriate workplace protocols are in place, and that health screening is being conducted. WorkSafeBC OHS consultants will supplement these inspections by assisting employers in managing COVID-19 risks at their workplace and providing additional support.