The BCCSA has been monitoring the evolving impact of the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19). The World Health Organization is now characterizing COVID-19 as a pandemic. It is critical that we take all measures to reduce the impact of the virus including physical (social) distancing, proper handwashing and self-isolating when necessary.
The British Columbia Provincial Health Officer has confirmed construction sites are exempt from guidelines on group gatherings and can remain open, however it is expected that anyone that is sick will not attend work. Depending on the outcome of the self-assessment tool, anyone that has symptoms - including a fever, cough, sneezing, or sore throat, may need to self-isolate for 10 days. Additional health and safety precautions need to be in place and information shared with crews. The Provincial Health Officer has also stated that there should be no more than 50 people in the same space in any circumstances, including on construction sites.
Businesses can continue to ope rate if parameters can be put in place to keep workers safe. Here are the current guidelines for construction sites:
- Reduce the number of people on-site to facilitate physical distancing between workers. If needed, adjust schedules, alternate shifts or scale back operations.
- Wear PPE when required.
- Workers should not congregate in break areas and lunchrooms.
- Workers should not share PPE.
- Workers should not share tools.
- Introduce extra handwashing stations.
- Do not spit on worksites.
- Do not share cigarettes and/or vaping equipment.
- Do not use sea cans as breakrooms.
- Do not rideshare / carpool to / from work with people outside your household.
- Clean out jobsite trailers daily - arrange for commercial cleaners to clean and disinfect areas of the project.
- Introduce an on-site COVID-19 committee to create a best practice plan to ensure worker safety. Involve the workers when possible.
- Create a pandemic task force focused on supporting your company’s staff and customers.
- Make sure workers know about the Ministry of Health self-assessment tool.
- Make sure workers know they should not come to work if they are feeling sick
The BCCSA is still open for business. However, we are postponing all in person meetings within and outside of the BCCSA until further notice. Our staff are working remotely, where possible, and we thank you in advance for your patience while we navigate the next couple weeks.
Education | Classroom Courses
We are informing all students who are registered in upcoming classes that our in-class courses are now postponed until the end of April. We are monitoring the situation actively and will let you know immediately if something changes. |
Please note: If your class has been cancelled, you will NOT be charged – all cancellations fees will be waived until further notice. Please contact the BCCSA training department for more information on cancellations at: firstname.lastname@example.org
We are continuing to monitor the situation and will follow the advice of public health officials.
We appreciate your patience and understanding as we navigate and respond to the situation. Thank you for actively participating in preventing the spread of the virus. Please call or email us at 604.636.3675 or email@example.com if you have questions or concerns.