Focus College COVID-19 Safety Plan
Step 1: Workplace Risk Assessment
|Area||Potential Risk Level||Mitigation Measures|
|Staff /Faculty Kitchen||High||
|Reception||High||Fill out the screening questionnaire
Step 2: Implement protocols to reduce the risks
The symptoms of COVID-19 are similar to other respiratory illnesses including the flu and common cold. They include:
- Shortness of breath
- Sore throat
- Stuffy or runny nose
The virus that causes COVID-19 spreads in several ways, including through droplets when a person coughs or sneezes, and from touching a contaminated surface and then touching the face. Higher risk situations require adequate protocols to address the risk. The risk of COVID-19 depends on the amount of virus circulating in the community, which changes from place to place and over time. Community transmission is monitored by public health authorities in British Columbia.
Our workplace policies ensure that workers and others showing symptoms of COVID-19 are prohibited from the workplace. People who are prohibited from the workplace include anyone who has:
- had symptoms of COVID-19 in the last 10 days
- experienced new or mild cold or flu like symptoms
- been directed by their Public Health Official to self-isolate
- arrived from outside of Canada – must quarantine for 14 days
- had contact with a confirmed COVID-19 case
Those who have been in contact with someone with a confirmed case must self-isolate for 14 days and monitor themselves for symptoms. For those who experience no symptoms (asymptomatic) may be able to work from home if requested. Sick workers will be asked to wash or sanitize their hands and go straight home.
Visitors are prohibited or limited in the workplace.
First aid attendants have been provided OFAA protocols for use during the COVID-19 pandemic. If a worker, student or visitor is severely ill (e.g., difficulty breathing, chest pain), call 911. All surfaces that have been contacted by the worker who has fallen ill must be cleaned and disinfected once the worker has left the office.
International students travelling to Canada will be presented with a COVID-19 Travelling to Canada Plan prior to departure from their home company. This comprehensive plan will include procedures from arriving at the airport to information about obtain COVID-19 Testing.
Our workplace COVID-19 guidelines ensure that workers, students and others who show symptoms of COVID-19 will be prohibited from entering the workplace.
Implementation of Guidelines
|FOCUS College COVID-19 Guidelines|
|Anyone who has had symptoms
of COVID-19 in the last 10 days
|Symptoms include fever, chills, new or worsening cough, shortness of breath, sore throat, and new muscle aches or headache. Person will be sent home.|
|Anyone directed by Public
Health to self-isolate
|Persons will be asked to return to their residences for the self-isolation period.|
|Anyone arriving from outside of Canada or who has had contact with a confirmed COVID-19 case||Must self-isolate for 14 days and monitor for symptoms.|
|Visitors are prohibited or limited in the workplace||Visitors will only be allowed if the visit is necessary and an appointment is made prior to campus visit.|
Protection and Safety Measures Level
|First Level Protection (Elimination)||
|Second Level Protection (Engineering controls)||
|Third Level Protection (Administrative controls)||Kitchen use
|Fourth Level Protection||Quarantining is used to keep someone who might have been exposed to COVID-19 away from others. Quarantine helps prevent the spread of the virus that can occur before a person knows they are sick or if they are infected with the virus without feeling symptoms.
Isolation is used to separate people infected with the virus (those who are sick with COVID-19 and those with no symptoms) from people who are not infected. Students will be isolated when they have a positive test result.
Contact Tracing will occur when a member of the Focus community tests positive for COVID-19. College staff will interview the person testing positive by phone to create a list of contacts potentially infected (those that meet all three criteria):
Staff will endeavor to contact all people that have been in contact with the infected individual and will recommend they get tested and self isolate while waiting for their test results. The college will be in contact with provincial and/or community health authorities to report any suspected cases and develop a plan to reduce transmission. The college will also develop a plan with the community health authorities, care takers, family members, and/or billets, which includes ensuring the student has proper resources and support to remain isolated for the quarantine period, to support their physical and mental well being.
Focus College will also discuss the continued well-being of all staff at regular staff meetings and provide support to those individuals experiencing any sort of stress due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Step 3: Develop Policies
- Created the necessary policies to manage our workplace, including policies around who can be at the workplace, how to address sickness that emerges at the working environment, and how workers can be kept secure in adjusted working conditions. Anyone who has had symptoms of COVID-19 in the last 10 days. Symptoms include fever, chills, new or worsening cough, shortness of breath, sore throat, and new muscle aches or headache.
- Anyone directed by Public Health to self-isolate.
- Anyone who has arrived from outside of Canada or who has had contact with a confirmed COVID-19 case must
- self-isolate for 14 days and monitor for symptoms.
- Visitors are prohibited or limited in the workplace.
- We have a working alone policy in place (if needed).
- We have a work from home policy in place (if needed).
- Ensure workers have the training and strategies required to address the risk of violence that may arise as customers and members of the public adapt to restrictions or modifications to the workplace. Ensure an appropriate violence prevention program is in place.
- Our policy addresses workers who may start to feel ill at work. It includes the following:
- Sick workers should report to first aid, even with mild symptoms.
- Sick workers should be asked to wash or sanitize their hands, provided with a mask, and isolated. Ask the worker to go straight home. [Consult the BC COVID-19 Self-Assessment Tool or call 811 for further guidance related to testing and self-isolation.]
- If the worker is severely ill (e.g., difficulty breathing, chest pain), call 911.
- Clean and disinfect any surfaces that the ill worker has come into contact with.
- All faculty, staff, students, contractors and visitors must assess themselves daily for COVID-19 symptoms prior to accessing campus property.
The BC COVID-19 self-assessment tool is available online for conducting self-assessments: https://bc.thrive.health/.
Step 4: Develop communication plans and training
Focus College plan ensures that:
- everyone entering the workplace, including visitors, understands how to keep themselves safe while at our workplace.
- A training to ensure staff and others are trained in workplace policies and procedures. All workers have received Focus College policies for staying home when sick.
- Posted signage at our campuses in Kelowna and Surrey, including occupancy limits and effective hygiene practices.
- Managers have been trained to monitor employees and the workplace to ensure policies and procedures are followed.
- Crisis communication plan is prepared to manage effective communications under any critical circumstances.
- Higher management sends regular updates and reminders to staff, students and faculty.
Step 5: Monitor Workplace
- We have a plan in place to monitor risks. We make changes to our policies and procedures as necessary.
- Workers know who to deal with health and safety concerns.
- When resolving safety issues, we will involve joint health and safety committees or worker health and safety representatives (or, in smaller workplaces, other workers).
Step 6: Assess and address risks from resuming operations
- We have a training plan for new staff
- We have a training plan for staff taking on new roles or responsibilities
- Have identified a safe process for clearing rooms and equipment that have been out of use, such as computer labs and classrooms.
Office staff will be responsible for wiping down their own workstations every day. Office staff will also wipe down public places that have been utilized by visitors and students and a daily basis. Cleaners come to the office weekly and clean all surfaces throughout the office and kitchen area. This will assist in increasing hygiene in the office. Please ensure you work area is as clutter-free as possible so that the cleaners can best sanitize and clean all surface areas.