WorkSafeBC taking further steps to ensure the health of both their employees and those they interact with
A message from WorkSafeBC to all workers in the Personal Service Industry in BC from Anne Naser, President and CEO of WorkSafeBC.
This means WorkSafeBC inspectors will be required to be vaccinated (not you or your team – the WorkSafeBC inspectors).
“As of November 1, all WorkSafeBC employees whose role requires them to interact in person with employers, workers, and members of the public — or with other WorkSafeBC employees — will be required to be vaccinated.
Evidence supporting a vaccine mandate
The scientific evidence supporting this approach is clear. According to B.C.’s Ministry of Health, after factoring for age, unvaccinated people are 37.9 times more likely to be hospitalized with COVID-19 than those who are fully vaccinated. Those who have been vaccinated are protecting not just their own health, but the health of all those who aren’t eligible for vaccines, including children under 12. They are also helping assure the sustainability of our health care systems, by reducing the burden on those who work in them.
While we will not be requiring those employees who fall outside this policy be vaccinated, I want to strongly encourage anyone who remains unvaccinated to act. Our shared commitment to occupational health and safety underscores our responsibility to our fellow community members, and as COVID-19 case counts increase around the province, so does the urgency of vaccination. We will, however, do our best to accommodate those who are unable to be vaccinated.
Continuation of supplementary measures supporting vaccination
While vaccines have been identified as the primary preventative measure to prevent illness and reduce the risk of hospitalization and death, it’s important to continue with our supplementary protocols, which include mask-wearing, social distancing, and handwashing in all our facilities.
Thank you for your continued dedication to keeping yourselves, your loved ones, your colleagues, your communities, and those we serve healthy and safe. I’m proud to be leading an organization that embodies the concept of the greater good — it’s why our collective action on this issue is so important. “
President & CEO