Following on from your initial reopening, you may have already discovered and ironed out the kinks in your original COVID-19 safety plan. Now is a great time to review and refresh your plan and make sure that it remains effective in controlling the risk of COVID-19 transmission in your workplace.
As you ramp up your operations, opening up more areas and anticipating an increase in guest visits, you may need to strengthen existing controls or introduce some new measures. Observe and monitor how your customers and team members are responding to your COVID-19 controls and use clear and consistent messaging, to make sure that everyone remains safe and knows what to expect. Counter “COVID-19 complacency” within your team by conducting some refresher training, requesting input on how things are going and listening to suggestions for improvement.
Review and Refresh your COVID-19 Safety Plan in 3 Simple Steps:
- Use our COVID-19 Workplace Assessment Tool as your starting point when reviewing the effectiveness of your existing COVID-19 controls. This straightforward tool will help you evaluate your current set up in relation to managing the risk of exposure to COVID-19 in your workplace and you will receive resources and suggestions to further improve.
- Then, review and update your COVID-19 safety plan, using WorkSafeBC’s template to record the information (or use any other document that includes these topics).
- Take a look at our COVID-19 Industry Best Practice Guides and Protocols page, where you will find a wide range of sector specific information in one place, to further strengthen your safety plan.
Keep the following points in mind when reviewing your safety plan:
- Remember to build flexibility into your reopening or ramp up plans.
- Don’t be afraid to make changes and think of better ways to control a particular risk.
- Be sure to factor in new risks and controls associated with any newly opened areas of your business.
- Consult with your team members and your customers along the way.
- Remember that orders, guidance, protocols and best practices are constantly evolving so it’s important to keep abreast of the latest information that may impact your business, to make sure you remain compliant.
- You must post your current COVID-19 safety plan in your workplace and provide details on your website too. This is a great way to showcase what you are doing to keep customers and employees safe.
Visit our COVID-19 health and safety resources page to access a collection of handy resources to help you manage COVID-19 in your workplace.