Businesses Required to Return to COVID Safety Plans
While employers were able to transition to Communicable Disease Plans starting July 1, 2021, which saw many of the traditional COVID safety precautions relaxed, businesses are again directed to reintroduce COVID Safety Plans in their workplaces, as announced by the Provincial Health Officer on January 7, 2022.
A COVID-19 Safety Plan outlines the policies, guidelines, and procedures an employer has put in place to reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission. Employers must involve frontline workers, joint health and safety committees, and supervisors in developing the plan. The plan does not need to be submitted or approved, but it must be posted at your worksite and on your website.
Workplaces should revisit their COVID Safety Plans from 2021 and reintroduce measures which may have lapsed or been removed. See below for guidance and templates on completing a plan:
- COVID Safety Plan Template (2022) – You can type directly into this template and create your safety plan
- Industry-Specific Guidance from WorkSafeBC (2022) – Tips and guidance for various sectors
- Checklist for Developing a COVID Safety Plan – This checklist will help guide you through the development of your safety plan (2021)