WorkSafeBC has released an initial set of industry-specific guidelines and resources to help businesses and organizations develop their plans to reopen safely as part of phase two of the B.C. government’s Restart Plan. These resources, developed in consultation with industry, will serve as a guide which can be adapted as appropriate for businesses operations.
WorkSafeBC has released industry-specific guidelines and resources for the following sectors:
- restaurants, cafes and pubs;
- salons and personal services;
- museums, art galleries and libraries, real estate;
- health services;
- in-person counselling;
- parks and outdoor spaces; and
- office space.
WorkSafeBC will continue to develop industry-specific information and resources for the next phases of the restart. These tools will be used as a guide to help employers develop their Covid-19 Safety Plan in advance of re-opening. The current industry-specific guidance and resources are available online at: https://www.worksafebc.com/en/about-us/covid-19-updates/covid-19-returning-safe-operation.
To complement the protocols for specific industries, WorkSafeBC has also developed general resources intended for all workplaces. These include: a Covid-19 safety plan template, workplace posters, information on cleaning and hygiene practices, and guidance on the selection and use of masks.
Employers do not need to submit their safety plan for review or approval. Provincial Health Officers and WorkSafeBC Prevention Officers will, however, begin a province-wide verification and inspection initiative to ensure that employers have their plans in place and are keeping their workers safe. In addition, the Provincial Health Officer issued an order requiring employers to post a copy of their Covid-19 Safety Plan on their website, if they have one, or at their workplace so that it is readily available for review by workers and others who may attend the workplace.
Should workers and employers have questions or require additional assistance about their safety plan they can call WorkSafeBC’s Prevention Information Line at 1-888-621-7233 to speak directly with a prevention officer.
Businesses should reach out to the appropriate industry association in their sector to discuss sector standards. For those businesses that do not have an industry association, Small Business BC advisors can also offer assistance through the B.C. Business Covid-19 Support Service by phone (1-833-254-4357), email (firstname.lastname@example.org) and live chat at https://covid.smallbusinessbc.ca.