Maintaining operations, returning employees to the workplace and resuming operations during and after the COVID-19 pandemic is not as simple as announcing a reopening or a return-to-the-workplace date and carrying on business as usual. Not only will many of our workplaces / operations be altered initially, some changes may be long-term and continue beyond a vaccine or treatment being available.
The Regional District has developed this COVID-19 Safety Plan now that the pandemic curve is flattening. As an organization, we have made a commitment to health and safety. We must focus on safety in all that we do and ensure our workplaces are as safe as they can be. When we care for staff, it is reflected in how they care for themselves, each other, others they encounter as part of their job, and services they provide.
This Plan represents the minimum standards we must meet based on the information from the Provincial Health Officer (PHO), the Ministry of Health, the Province of B.C. and WorkSafeBC. This Plan is a living document that will evolve based on our commitment to the psychological and physical health and safety of our employees and based on direction and advice from the PHO, the Provincial Government and WorkSafeBC.