As B.C. reopens, employers have a responsibility to ensure a healthy, safe workplace.
On this page:
- Assess Which Employees Can Be at Work
- Develop a COVID-19 Safety Plan
- Managing Exposure to COVID-19
- What Workers Should Do
Assess Which Employees Can Be at Work
Consider remote working where possible. Ensure workers who have COVID-19 symptoms, have travelled internationally (they must self-quarantine for 14 days), or who share a household with a COVID-19 sufferer know not to come to the workplace.
WorkSafeBC - COVID-19 frequently asked questions
How to maintain a healthy and safe workplace during the COVID-19 outbreak.
WorkSafeBC – Best Practices for Reopening Your Business
Resources and advice to minimize the risks of exposure.
Small business and COVID-19 safety
WorkSafeBC guidance to employers in small businesses.
COVID-19 Related Leave
Resources and support programs to help businesses avoid layoffs, and to provide support to employees unable to work due to COVID-19.
Develop a COVID-19 Safety Plan
You must create a COVID-19 Safety Plan for minimizing the risk of COVID-19 in the workplace when you reopen. This plan must be posted at your workplace.
How to Create a COVID-19 Safety Plan for Reopening
An overview of what you need to do to create a COVID-19 Safety Plan for your business.
WorkSafeBC - COVID-19 and returning to safe operation
WorkSafeBC has developed a six-step plan and other resources for developing a Safety Plan and safely reopening during Phase 2.
Managing Exposure to COVID-19
Anyone with symptoms can get tested for COVID-19. Use the BC COVID-19 Self-Assessment Tool to see if you might need to get tested. If you or an employee are diagnosed with COVID-19, public health will get in touch and give you instructions on how to self-isolate.
People who test positive must self-isolate for at least 10 days from when symptoms started. Public health will also begin contact tracing to find out who else might have been exposed to COVID-19.
If a customer tests positive for COVID-19, public health may use contact tracing to get in touch with you if they visited your business.
If you or an employee have been at an event or in a location affected with a public exposure event, B.C. Centre for Disease Control recommends you self-monitor for symptoms. If symptoms develop:
Regional exposure events
Public Health directly reaches the close contacts of confirmed Covid-19 cases to provide further instruction. In cases where not everyone can be reached, Regional Health Authorities are posting public exposure information online:
Public Health asks anyone who may have visited the listed locations on the specified dates and times to monitor themselves for symptoms. If you remain healthy and do not develop symptoms, there is no need to self-isolate; you can continue with your usual daily activities, including going to work.
- In the case of a workplace safety emergency call WorkSafeBC at 1.888.621.SAFE (7233)
- For non-medical-related questions about COVID-19 including community protection and reporting options, call the BC Centre for Disease Control a 1-888-268-4319
- Call 8-1-1 or your primary care provider for personal medical advice following exposure or if you or an employee are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19
- For general health-related questions, call the Government of Canada COVID-19 Information Service at 1-833-784-4397
What Workers Should Do
Employees in B.C. have the right to a healthy and safe workplace. In particular, you have three key rights:
- The right to know about hazards in the workplace
- The right to participate in health and safety activities in the workplace
- The right to refuse unsafe work
If you are concerned about the safety of your workplace, you can call the WorkSafeBC Prevention Information Line at 1-888-621-7233. The line accepts anonymous calls.
What to do if you have been exposed to COVID-19
Provincial Health Service Authority information on what to do if you have a possible or confirmed COVID-19 exposure.
WorkSafeBC - What workers should do
Information and resources from WorkSafeBC to help employees understand how to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.
COVID-19: What workers should expect when returning to work
WorkSafeBC information for workers on what to expect at their workplace as businesses return to operations after closing or reducing operations due to COVID-19.