A guide to procedures set out to manage the safety of staff members.
Our company is committed to providing a safe and healthy workplace for all staff members. A combination of measures will be used to reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission in our workplace as we resume the “new normal” level of operations. Our Safety Plan will protect not only our own Staff Members, but also others who enter our premises. All Staff Members must follow the procedures outlined in this plan to prevent or reduce exposure to COVID-19.
Development of the Safety Plan
Unilogik’s COVID-19 Safety Plan is developed in accordance with guidance published by the Provincial Health Officer (“PHO”), the BC Centre for Disease Control (“BCCDC”) and WorkSafeBC’s “Offices: Protocols for returning to operation”.
COVID-19 Transmission and Symptoms
The virus that causes COVID-19 spreads in several ways. It can spread in droplets when a person coughs or sneezes. It can also spread if you touch a contaminated surface and then touch your face. The risk of person-to-person transmission increases the closer you come to other people, the more time you spend near them, and the more people you come near. The risk of surface transmission increases when many people contact the same surface and when those contacts happen over short periods of time.
The symptoms of COVID-19 are similar to other respiratory illnesses including the flu and common cold. They include: fever, chills, cough, shortness of breath, sore throat and painful swallowing, stuffy or runny nose, loss of sense of smell, headache, muscle aches, fatigue and loss of appetite. Other symptoms have been reported such as skin rash and gastrointestinal symptoms.
Step 1. Risks at the workplace
Identified areas of risk:
High contact surfaces includes handles, doors, kitchen area, and boardroom.
Step 2. Measures in Place to Reduce the Risk
1st level protection: Elimination
Involves removing the risk of exposure entirely from the workplace. We have limited the number of people at the workplace. At a time, only 2 members can be in the kitchen area. 2-meter physical distancing reminders have been posted on office walls. Doors and handles are cleaned every evening.
2nd level protection: Engineering Controls
Workspace areas are separated using a barrier to separate from others. Places such as boardroom where barriers are not feasible, social distancing should be followed.
3rd level protection: Administrative Controls
Signage have been posted on the main door, kitchen and office walls for practicing effective cleaning and hygiene practices such as frequent hand washing/sanitizing throughout the day. Hand sanitizer will be available in the main area next to the main entrance door.
4th level protection: PPE
Sanitize hands and wear a mask when entering office premise. Masks should be worn when you are in the office building (example: in elevators, going to washrooms etc. to minimize transmission to others)
Step 3. Policies
Step 4. Communication plan and training
Step 5. Monitoring the workplace and updating plans
Published: January 4th 2021