COVID-19 information for employers
We're committed to continuing to provide you with access to WorkSafeBC services. Please see below for information on how we’re supporting you during the pandemic.
What employers can do to keep workers safe
First, make sure you know and understand the workplace health and safety responsibilities for employers and others in the workplace.
Then, review the following information to learn what you can do to help prevent the workplace transmission of COVID-19.
Developing a COVID-19 safety plan
Employers are required to develop a COVID-19 safety plan that outlines the policies, guidelines, and procedures they have put in place to reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission.
Employers are not required to submit plans to WorkSafeBC for approval, but in accordance with the order of the provincial health officer, this plan must be posted at the worksite and posted to the website, if there is one.
The following information will support you in developing, reviewing, and updating your COVID-19 safety plan:
- Industry-specific information for details on developing a safety plan, including a template for a COVID-19 Safety Plan
- Our COVID-19 Safety Plan OHS Guideline, which includes information on the level of detail required and using supporting documentation
- Reviewing and updating your COVID-19 safety plan: A guide for employers, which will help you ensure your plan continues to be effective and functioning properly
Keeping workplaces healthy and safe
Visit these pages to learn more about the steps to take to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 in your workplaces.
- What employers should do
- Controlling exposure
- Mandatory masks in public places
- PHO order: Worker health checks
- COVID-19 vaccination and the workplace
- COVID-19 FAQs
You should also review the health and safety protocols for specific industries.
We have a number of health and safety resources to help you prevent the transmission of COVID-19 in your workplace. Many of these resources are also available in Chinese (simplified), Chinese (traditional), French, Korean, Punjabi, Spanish, and Vietnamese.
WorkSafeBC inspections and consultations
During a WorkSafeBC inspection, we will ask employers about the steps they have taken to protect their workers and to see their plan. To learn more, see:
During the pandemic, 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 during the pandemic, see our insurance information.
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.