WorkSafeBC says it will step up inspections of businesses in the Fraser Health and Vancouver Coastal health regions, as B.C.’s number of COVID-19 cases surge.
The focus of the inspections is to ensure employers are following measures to stop the transmission, said Al Johnson, head of prevention services for WorkSafeBC, in a statement Tuesday.
“We are urging employers to stay vigilant, including revisiting their existing COVID-19 Safety Plan and updating it as conditions change.”
Workplaces identified as having the highest risk for COVID-19 transmission are being prioritized for inspections, including those where it is difficult to maintain physical distance.
The agency will also step up inspections at places where workers interact with large numbers of people, such as restaurants, and where staff come into frequent contact with shared surfaces, tools and equipment.
WorkSafeBC says it will also step up consultations with employers about COVID-19.
“Workplace health and safety are essential in protecting workers and keeping businesses open,” said Johnson. “Employers need to ensure their COVID-19 plan is effective, that it’s followed to the letter, and that it’s applied to all aspects of the workplace.”
The inspections and consultations follow new orders issued Saturday from the provincial government aimed at preventing the spread of COVID-19 in the Fraser Health and Vancouver Coastal Health regions.
WorkSafeBC says it has conducted more than 18,000 workplace inspections and more than 3,000 consultations related to COVID-19 throughout the province.
A total of 667 orders have been issued to employers for health and safety violations.