WorkSafe BC will be conducting inspections to businesses to ensure Safety Plans are sufficient in protecting employees.
Every employer is required to have a COVID-19 safety plan that assesses the risk of exposure at their workplace and implements measures to keep their workers safe. If a formal plan is not already in place prior to operation, you are expected to develop it while protecting the safety of your workers.
To help you develop your plan, WorkSafe BC's website provides information and resources on keeping workers safe in industries that have been providing essential services since the start of the COVID-19 outbreak. They will continue to update this page, but you can also refer to COVID-19 and returning to safe operation for additional information, including a template for a COVID-19 Safety Plan.
WorkSafeBC will be reviewing plans of individual employers during their inspections of your workplace. Please be reminded that in accordance with the order of the provincial health officer, this plan must be posted at the worksite. During a WorkSafeBC inspection, they will ask employers about the steps they have taken to protect their workers and to see the plan if it has been developed. To learn more, read Inspections during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Frequently Asked Questions:
- Will every business be inspected at some point? No. It is not feasible for our 300 officers to inspect all employers in the Province. However, any employer could be inspected at any time.
- If you're a sole-proprietor business, do you still need a safety plan? According to WorkSafe BC, sole-proprietor businesses that have no employees or contractors working on the premises do not need a COVID-19 safety plan in place as they have no employees to protect through the plan. That being said, it is strongly recommended that every business takes the initiative to provide a COVID-19 safety summary that's available to the public to boost a consumer's confidence in visiting your establishment.
If we have a business with different types of departments, do we need one overall plan or one for each department? For example, we are a winery, with production facilities, vineyards, a restaurant, an inn and a wine shop/tasting room. Do we need 5 different plans? Agriculture, hospitality, manufacturing etc? Each employer requires a COVID Safety Plan; how you organize that is up to you. If you have multiple employers working within one site, then each employer requires a plan.
Should there be a mandatory logbook record of your daily activities kept both for you, your employees and guests? Its good to keep records for any issues that might come up days or weeks later in case some COVID-19 issue arises. Documentation is important. How you do that will depend on your business, your risk assessment, and your overall COVID Safety Plan.