COVID-19 has introduced new health and safety concerns in many worksites. As we develop recommendations on workplace safety or become aware of important resources, we'll post them here.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about your COVID-19 OHS concerns
Resources and notices:
- COVID-19 Safety Plans: What BCGEU Members Need to Know (June 24, 2020)
- Hazard Alert: Hand sanitizer at worksites (June 5, 2020)
- Your union and WorkSafeBC guidance for re-opening (May 22, 2020)
- OHS Worker Representatives: Your role in return-to-work worksite plans - letter from BCGEU president Stephanie Smith (May 15, 2020)
- Care for Caregivers - designed to support the psychological health and wellbeing of health care workers responding to COVID-19, from SafeCareBC and the Canadian Mental Health Association, BC Division
- Crisis response training for essential workers - free from the Mental Health Commission of Canada (April 28, 2020)
- JOHS committees must continue meeting during COVID-19 pandemic (April 23, 2020)
- Personal Protective Equipment (PPE): Guidance for BCGEU members interacting with the public during COVID-19 (April 20, 2020)
- Recommendations for WBC response to COVID-19: BCFED OHS Standing Committee
- Free online OHS publications and courses from the Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety (CCOHS)
- Your right to refuse unsafe work - your basic rights and procedures to follow if they're not being met. All workers in our province are entitled to exercise their basic rights when it comes to Occupational Health and Safety in the workplace.
- Expectations for health professionals - a letter from Provincial Health Officer Bonnie Henry (March 23, 2020)
- Personal Protective Equipment (PPE): Instructions for properly putting on and removing in a healthcare setting
Exposure control plans:
Your employer is required to develop a plan to protect workers from exposure to biological agents such as the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). Details:
- I am pregnant. What precautions should I take?
BCGEU Headquarters is on the unceded and shared traditional territory of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skxwú7mesh (Squamish) & Səlí̓ lwətaʔ (Tsleil-Waututh) peoples.