The B.C. government and provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry are taking unprecedented measures to slow the transmission of COVID-19.
Henry recently issued an order under the Public Health Act prohibiting gatherings of more than 50 people at a place where a person is the owner, occupier or operator, or for which they are otherwise responsible. Employers in the manufacturing sector are asking for clarity about what this means for them.
The public health officer is directing employers to take all necessary precautions to minimize the risks of COVID-19 transmission and illness to themselves and their employees. This includes:
Section 4.85 of the Occupational Health and Safety Regulation provides for a minimum standard around the provision of washrooms and handwashing facilities. Where plumbed facilities are not feasible, employers must provide access to portable washroom and handwashing facilities. Those facilities must be maintained in good working order and be provided with the supplies necessary for their use.
Employers should reassess their work environment every day and keep updated with the information posted on the Province’s COVID-19 website: www.gov.bc.ca/COVID19
The B.C. government is doing everything it can to help contain the spread of COVID-19. The safety of British Columbians remains its top priority.