After only recently transitioning to communicable disease prevention plans, BC announced that, effective January 7, 2022, businesses are once again required to implement (or re-implement) COVID Safety Plans. Returning to COVID Safety Plans, businesses will need to ensure that they have a valid written policy addressing COVID safety and that they are properly observing COVID safety protocols in their workplace.
WorkSafe BC has created a helpful checklist to follow with information about the requirements for a Safety Plan (see: https://www.worksafebc.com/en/resources/health-safety/checklist/covid-19-safety-plan-0821?lang=en). Employers will want to review the checklist to ensure compliance. Businesses may be required to reinstall barriers, repost occupancy limit signs, or amend or prepare a written Safety Plan. Plans do not need to be filed with WorkSafe BC but must be available to employees and for inspection by WorkSafe.
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