WorkSafeBC released new guidance for employers as the province moves into Step 3 of the BC Restart Plan. The guidance replaces industry-specific guidance that had been applicable to employers from May 2020 through June 2021. The guidance comes ahead of changes to public health orders expected on July 1 to remove the requirement to wear masks in indoor spaces, the requirement to have and post a COVID-19 Workplace Safety Plan, and restrictions on occupancy of retail stores.
All employers are now expected to transition their COVID-19 Workplace Safety Plans to more permanent communicable prevention plans. Most employers are expected include these within their existing workplace safety plans. WorkSafeBC has produced a guide for employers for communicable disease prevention plans. The communicable disease prevention plans may include measures in regard to cleaning, ventilation, and hand hygiene. Employers must be prepared to implement additional prevention measures in their workplace as required by public health authorities to deal with communicable diseases in their regions.