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Report shows areas to focus on for improved COVID-19 containment

As we work our way through the pandemic, health officials have passed along some suggestions to help personal service locations stay on top of their game to stay open.

“We recently analyzed 1,600 COVID-19 orders to identify the controls most frequently identified as needing improvement,” says Chris Back, Director, OHS Consultation & Education Services, Prevention Services Division of WorkSafeBC. He added it is important “employers and workers to remain vigilant in maintaining and following their COVID-19 safety plans”.

Areas identified as needing improvement include:

Physical Distancing
Ensure physical distance of 2 metres is maintained between workers and others whenever possible, especially in shared spaces; consider changing the layout of workspaces to enable physical distancing in all work and break areas.
Provide physical barriers such as Plexiglas if physical distancing between workers and customers cannot be maintained.

Signage
Post signage that reminds workers of the controls in place, including occupancy limits, handwashing practices, health-check requirements, and entrance restrictions. Use physical queue controls, such as crowd-control cones or floor markers to regulate traffic and physical distancing.

Policies and Protocols
Develop and post a COVID-19 safety plan that identifies and addresses the risks in all areas of the workplace.
Ensure there are posted policies for employer and visitor daily health screening.

Training
Ensure health and safety information and training is provided in the required languages so it can be understood by everyone at the workplace.

Supervision and Monitoring
Communicate safety programs and policies clearly to workers through information-sharing, instruction, training, and supervision to ensure the controls in place are being followed.

Facilities
Provide adequate hand-washing facilities on site for all workers.
Place alcohol-based hand sanitizer at key areas of your workplace (near pay stations, in break rooms, etc.).

Personal Protective Equipment
Make sure appropriate masks are available and being used properly for the work being carried out.

Next steps you can take

Learn specific guidelines for all locations providing personal services in our Guidelines Article and consider upgrading yourself with a BeautySafe certification, available here.