COVID-19 & Communicable Diseases

COVID-19 Safety Plans & Communicable Disease Prevention.
Due to the fluctuating nature of the COVID-19 pandemic and changes in standards/terminology employers should keep up to date with PHOs and WorkSafeBC notices.

AgSafe will continue to update our resources to assist employers with maintaining and updating their current safety plans to meet current standards.


Latest Update Highlights:

  • AgSafeBC:
    • 06/29/2021 | BC Restart Plan - Phase-3 - Q&A (PDF)
  • WorkSafeBC:
    • 01/07/2022 | PHO order requires employers to re-activate COVID-19 Safety Plans (LINK)
    • 01/10/2022 | News Release | WorkSafeBC & COVID-19 Safety Plans (LINK)

Note: Updated resources will be indicated either by document or by section headline to the best of our ability to do so, and may included documents that are not highlighted in this section.
REMINDER: While the focus is on COVID-19, remember "to stay up-to-date on your immunizations, including flu and tetanus-diphtheria booster.” -  Immunize BC

Links & ResourcesMental Health / PPE / Fit Testing / Etc.

Regulatory Updates
& Information

GovBC, PHO, WorkSafeBC, Etc.

Public Health Order | Order requires employers to re-activate COVID-19 Safety Plans | LINK
WorkSafeBC | Communicable Disease Prevention: A guide for employers | LINK
WorkSafeBC | COVID-19 Prevention Information | LINK
WorkSafeBC | Five steps to developing and managing your COVID-19 safety plan | LINK

COVID-19 Safety Plan


Documents, Posters and Resources for building a foundational COVID-19 Safety Program. Additional documentation may be required for specific Agriculture Industries. Contact your local Safety Consultant/Advisor or the AgSafe Office for more information.

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Due to the fluctuating nature of the COVID-19 pandemic, the resources on this page are based on the regulations at the time they are added the website, and should be checked regularly for required updates.

As of January 7, 2022, the provincial health officer has announced an order requiring employers to reinstate site specific, COVID-19 safety plans.

All employers in British Columbia are required to have a COVID-19 Safety Plan that assesses the risk of exposure at their workplace and implements measures to keep workers safe. This requirement comes from WorkSafeBC regulations and the above Order from the Provincial Health Officer of BC.

WorkSafeBC has created a template to assist employers, it can be found here.

AgSafeBC has created many resources, documents, posters etc. to support employers with keeping agricultural workers safe from exposure to COVID-19.

This section has been created to provide clarity for employers using the 6-Step, WorkSafeBC COVID-19 Safety Plan Template. Below are the six steps of the plan, and resources from AgSafe to support employers for each step of the plan:

WorkSafeBC COVID-19 Safety Plan Resources
Several documents support multiple steps of the WorkSafeBC COVID-19 Safety Plan. Each of these documents are located in all of the sections they assist with to provide as much information as possible.
Section/Document TitleLink(s)
Step 1: Assess the risks at your workplace
Risk assessment and infection prevention & control protocol
*AgSafe worked with industries to provide customizable Risk Assessments,
that include many standard tasks. Please click the Industry Link
to get started.
Blank Template
WORD
PDF
Risk Assessments by Industry located below.
Enhanced Surface Cleaning and DisinfectionPDF
Step 2: Implement protocols to reduce the risks
Risk assessment and infection prevention & control protocol
*AgSafe worked with industries to provide customizable Risk Assessments,
that include many standard tasks. Please click the Industry Link
to get started.
Blank Template
WORD
PDF
Risk Assessments by Industry located below.
Exposure Control PlanPDF
First level: Elimination
Occupancy Limit Poster (WSBC)LINK
Safety Notice for WorkersPDF
WORD
Second level: Engineering
Designing Effective Barriers (WSBC)LINK
Enhanced Surface Cleaning and DisinfectionPDF
Third level: Administrative
Safety Notice for WorkersPDF
WORD
Employee Awareness of Protocols Sign Off FormPDF
WORD
COVID-19 First Aid ProceduresPDF
Fourth level:Using Masks
COVID-19 Mask SignPDF
Selecting and Using MasksLINK
Effective Cleaning & Hygiene Practices
Enhanced Surface Cleaning and DisinfectionPDF
COVID-19 Enhanced surface cleaning and disinfection TFW living area schedulePDF
Hand Washing PosterENGLISH
SPANISH
PUNJABI-ENGLISH
Location of Hand Wash FacilitiesENGLISH
SPANISH
Waste Removal ScheduleENGLISH
SPANISH
Kitchen Rules SignENGLISH
SPANISH
Step 3: Develop Policies
Self-Assessment Flow ChartENGLISH
SPANISH
COVID-19 First Aid ProceduresPDF
Occupational First Aid Attendant protocols during COVID-19 (WSBC)LINK
Site Access Health QuestionnaireENGLISH
FRENCH
PUNJABI
SPANISH
Violence in the Workplace Prevention Program (WSBC)LINK
Self-isolation ProtocolENGLISH
COVID-19 Cleaning Symptomatic WorkersENGLISH
SPANISH
Step 4:Develop communication plans and training
Exposure Control PlanPDF
Occupancy Limit Poster (WSBC)LINK
Site Access Health QuestionnaireENGLISH
FRENCH
PUNJABI
SPANISH
Gov of Canada: How to Isolate at Home – COVID-19LINK
New Worker Orientation ChecklistEnglish
Punjabi/English
Spanish
Step 5: Monitor your workplace and update your plans as necessary
COVID-19 Coordinator SignENGLISH
SPANISH
First Aid attendant Contact SignENGLISH
Step 6: Assess and address risks from resuming operations
This will be specific to organizations, locations, equipment, machinery that has been out of use for a period of time either during the COVID-19 pandemic or from before the pandemic began. Employers will have to review as needed and have a restart plan specific to the operation.
New Worker Orientation ChecklistEnglish
Punjabi/English
Spanish

Additional Risk Assessment Templates Available Below.

Risk Assessments & Infection Prevention & Control Protocols


Involve frontline workers, supervisors, joint health and safety committee (or worker representative) in risk assessment process.


Videos


New Worker Orientation (English)



New Worker Orientation (French)



New Worker Orientation (Spanish)