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COVID-19 and communicable disease information for employers

Throughout the pandemic and beyond, we'll continue to serve the needs of employers across British Columbia.

What employers can do to keep workers safe

The provincial health officer has issued a statement advising that beginning in Step 3 of the Restart plan, employers can transition away from posting a copy of a COVID-19 Safety Plan at their workplace towards communicable disease prevention.

A communicable disease is an illness caused by an infectious agent or its toxic product that can be transmitted in a workplace from person to person. Examples of communicable diseases that may circulate in a workplace include COVID-19, norovirus, and seasonal influenza.

See information and resources on communicable disease prevention. Many of our resources for communicable disease prevention are also available in other languages.

Vaccination and the workplace

Communicable disease prevention focuses on basic risk reduction principles to reduce the risk of workplace transmission of COVID-19 and other communicable diseases. The fundamental components of communicable disease prevention include both ongoing measures to maintain at all times and additional measures to be implemented as advised by Public Health.

One of the ongoing measures to maintain is supporting employees in receiving vaccinations for vaccine-preventable conditions to the extent that you are able.

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We are committed to continuing to help you access services to support those with a work-related injury or disease. See our claims information for employers.


For more information on what you need to know about WorkSafeBC insurance services, see our insurance information.

Paid Sick-Leave Reimbursement Program

Learn how employers can apply for the B.C. government’s COVID-19 Paid Sick-Leave Reimbursement Program through WorkSafeBC’s online services portal.

We’re here to help

We encourage you to call us for emergency, claims, health and safety, and insurance assistance. Our online services are also a convenient and efficient way to access many of our services. For example, employers may want to consider signing up for our online insurance services to report payroll and pay premiums and take advantage of many other account management services.

Please note that our staff may be contacting you from a non-WorkSafeBC phone number during this public health emergency. If your phone is set up to block calls from private or anonymous numbers, you may miss their call. Please consider changing your phone settings temporarily in order to receive service.