Returning to office: New WorksafeBC and provincial health officer requirements

May 21, 2020

On May 15, WorkSafeBC published guidance to support Phase 2 of BC’s Restart Plan. The guidance includes Offices: Protocols for returning to operation, which details requirements and advice regarding re-establishing in-office operations. The Offices protocol includes details on the requirement for Employers to develop a formal COVID-19 Safety Plan, to make that plan available to team members and provide adequate training to ensure application of the plan is consistent. WorkSafeBC’s COVID-19 and returning to safe operation – Phase 2 website includes a guide to reducing the risk of COVID-19 and details Employer, Worker and Prime Contractor responsibilities with respect to preventing exposure to COVID-19 in the workplace. 

NEW Provincial Health Officer Order

Employers must post their COVID-19 Safety Plan to their website (if available) as well as to have a copy displayed in each facility. Plans will need to be provided to WorkSafeBC upon request. These requirements form an Order from the Provincial Health Officer  

ACEC-BC Return-to-Office Support

Next week, ACEC-BC will issue a return to office survey developed by members for members. The intention of the survey will be to assist members in benchmarking their own plans, and to provide feedback that allows the industry to work towards consistent practices that we can share with clients, partners and team members.  

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