Over the last several months, you may have found your groove in operating in a Communicable Disease/COVID-19 world and retreating back to COVID-19 Safety Plans may feel like a step back, however, putting in place prevention plans will help provide support and safety for your workers and your bottom line. Now is the 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 continue to operate, you will need to strengthen existing controls and potentially introduce some additional measures, especially during this time of elevated risk. Reinstating your COVID-19 Safety Plan, observing and monitoring how your customers and team members are responding to your COVID-19 controls and using clear and consistent messaging will 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:
- Review your previous COVID-19 Safety Plan as your starting point. Identify areas of evolution within our experience of COVID-19 and update your plan accordingly.
- 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.
- Then, review and update your COVID-19 safety plan, using either go2HR’s COVID-19 Safety Plan Template or WorkSafeBC’s template to record the information (or your own plan template that includes these topics).
Keep the following points in mind when reviewing your Safety Plan:
- Remember to build flexibility into your plan to accommodate unforeseen things such as staffing struggles.
- Don’t be afraid to make changes and think of better ways to control a particular risk.
- Be sure to factor in new controls associated with any new procedures or areas of your business where different risks have been introduced.
- 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.