Regulatory requirements such as those outlined By WorkSafe BC will require employers to consider how COVID-19 fits into their existing safety programs, and practices. Specifically they would be looking for a plan that addresses how:
When considering COVID-19 in the workplace it’s important to remember that like any other hazard in the workplace, employees have the right to refuse unsafe work where they believe it presents an undue hazard which is described as by Worksafe BC as:
“An “unwarranted, inappropriate, excessive, or disproportionate” risk, above and beyond the potential exposure a general member of the public would face through regular, day-to-day activity.”
While many aspects of the COVID-19 return to work plan will be focused on mitigating transmission and infection of the disease, mental health may also be a significant consideration. Some employees may experience varying degrees of anxiety related to the potential exposure to the virus through work. There are numerous organizations, and resources that can provide support for workers.
Healthlink B.C. provides a number of resources available to employers, employees, and the wider community here https://www.healthlinkbc.ca/mental-health-covid-19