Some businesses are now ready to serving customers under new health and safety guidelines, while others are opening their doors at a slow and steady pace. Definitely, business owners and operators want to protect customers and employees from COVID-19.
So, how do you stay open in the post-covid 19 environment?
1. Follow the new health guidelines for your specific industry of work.
As British Columbia prepares to enter Phase 2 of its economic restart plan, the Province welcomes the release of the initial set of WorkSafeBC guidelines that will help businesses and organizations develop their plans to reopen safely in the coming days and weeks.
“These guidelines WILL support businesses and organizations developing their individual COVID-19 safety plans and measures to keep employees and customers safe,”
WorkSafeBC has released industry-specific guidelines and resources for the following sectors:
COVID-19 and returning to safe operation - Phase 2
“All employers must work with their employees to develop their safety plan to protect everyone as they prepare to reopen.” - HARRY BAINS, MINISTER OF LABOUR.
2. Create a new company culture.
Whether your employees are coming back to a physical location or working remotely, companies should increase their efforts to communicate with workers about their lives outside of work.
Some businesses have decided to have all employees temperature checked for the presence of fever and all must wear masks and gloves during their shifts and the cashier areas will have protective Plexiglas.
The seating areas, cashier zones and other high-touch locations in your business will have to undergo frequent cleaning.
3. Develop a safety protocol.
Businesses owners that are reopening will need to train their staff on new cleaning practices and other protocols, while offices will need to rethink where workers sit in relation to one another. Companies that don't outline these new protocols clearly could face official complaints.
The more that you communicate with your employees about what you're doing -and get their input- the less risk there is, both to the individuals and the company as a whole.
4. Make employees safe
Documenting how your business has taken steps to protect the safety of workers can be just as important as implementing those measures.
You may also wish to refer to WorkSafeBC general COVID-19 health and safety FAQs for additional guidance on controlling exposure to the virus in your workplace.
Employers should ensure that the following workers do not come to work:
The BC Ministry of Health has also developed an online BC COVID-19 Symptom Self-Assessment Tool to help people determine whether further assessment or testing for COVID-19 is required.
We will customize a plan suitable for your property to clean and disinfect your business.
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