Actsafe has curated a list of WorkSafeBC resources to guide employers through occupational health and safety during the COVID-19 pandemic. These resources can help ensure appropriate protocols are in place to protect workers and patrons.

Important: The Workplace Safety Order and Gatherings and Events Order expired on April 8, 2022. The Provincial Health Officer no longer requires that employers maintain a COVID-19 Safety Plan and can instead transition to communicable disease plans.

Visit WorkSafeBC to learn more about communicable diseases and how to prevent them in the workplace.
You may also download Actsafe’s Communicable Disease Plan template.

Mental Health in the Workplace

WorkSafeBC has released two new resources to help employers and workers navigate the mental health effects of COVID-19 in the workplace:

 

Face Shields and Barriers in the Workplace

 

Support for Employers

If you are an employer impacted by COVID-19, WorkSafeBC is providing additional support.

WorkSafeBC Resources

WorkSafeBC has released two new resources to help employers and workers navigate the mental health effects of COVID-19 in the workplace:

COVID-19 Health & Safety – Cleaning and Disinfecting resource here.

This new resource clarifies the use of face shields in the workplace, here.

Reviewing and Updating COVID-19 Safety Plans: A Guide for Employers. This guide was developed to walk employers through the process of reviewing and updating their COVID-19 Safety Plans, as required by the Nov 7 PHO order to FHA and VCHA employers, and asked of from all employers in the province by Dr. Henry in her press briefings.

Controlling Exposure – Assessing risk and controlling exposure – here.

Motion picture and television production: Protocols for returning to operation – here

Safety Plan App – find it here.

Performing Arts protocols for returning to operations – more details here.

WorkSafeBC deferring quarterly premium payments for an additional quarter – more details here.

COVID-19 Signage – occupancy limit, handwashing, reducing the risk of spreading the virus etc. posters from WorkSafeBC can be found here.

Additional support for employers impacted by COVID-19 – WorkSafeBC is waiving premiums for employers who are approved to receive the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS) for furloughed workers (employees on leave with full or partial pay). Click here for further information.

Preventing exposure to COVID-19 in the workplace; a guide for employers – Orders from the provincial health officer (PHO) and guidance to employers and businesses provided by them BC Centre of Disease Control represent the minimum standard that employers must meet, to comply with obligations to ensure worker health and safety. This guide for employers provides questions you should ask to address health and safety concerns in the workplace raised by COVID-19.

Staying Safe At Work – Appropriate preventative measures should be in place for workers who continue to work during the COVID-19 (coronavirus) outbreak. Click here for WorkSafeBC’s workplace protections to consider.

COVID-19 and Q1 2020 payment deferrals for employers – Chris Back, Director of OHS Consultation & Education Services, WorkSafeBC released the following comminqué: COVID-19 and Q1 2020 payment deferrals for employers.

COVID-19 and returning to safe operation – Phase 2 – WorkSafeBC recognizes the importance of worker safety as businesses look to resume operations following COVID-19 related work stoppages or interruptions. The following materials provide employers with information and resources to assist them in ensuring the risk of exposure to the virus that causes COVID-19 is minimized at their workplace: worksafebc.com/en/about-us/covid-19-updates/covid-19-returning-safe-operation