WCB COVID-19 Safety Plan
issued on June 9th, 2020
1. Assessing the risk at our workplace
- We followed the WCB guidance to assess the risk of covid-19 transmission.
- All children and teachers are in one room.
- Teachers need to often be near children and each other in the regular course of a day.
- Teachers need to communicate with parents occasionally.
- Teachers are using pens, communication book, teacher’s dresser (as a desk), toys, cleaning equipment and supplies.
- We identified that the most-touched surfaces are: doorknobs, light switches, pens, cleaning supplies, water taps, tables, and toys.
2. Implementing measures to reduce the risk
Maintaining physical distance
- We have a small number of teachers: two full-time teachers and a part-time teacher that works for 4 hours per day.
- Teachers will be having their breaks separately, spending it outside or in their cars on the parking lot. Only one teacher can use the storage room for a break per day. When working, one of the teachers will be in one part of the room and the other one in the other. If I (Dragana) am the third teacher I will be working at my desk.
- Teachers will maintain the distance between themselves and the children whenever that is possible.
- If there is a need to communicate with a parent, teachers will, when possible, step outside and maintain
2 m distance. If that is not possible, teachers will minimize the time of communication and keep a safe distance during the conversation. Our parents are informed that we do not permit them to come inside the facility unless that is necessary.
Where physical distance cannot be maintained
- Teachers will be using masks only in case they have to help a child with a nose bleed, tending the injury or any other situation where they need to be close to the child. Teachers will also wear masks anytime they feel the need to protect themselves and it will be their personal choice.
Cleaning and hygiene
- In addition to hand washing times that are outlined in our Health and Safety Policy and Procedures during Covid-19 Pandemic- issued on June 6th, 2020, teachers will wash hands after handling cash and before and after handling common tools and equipment.
- Detailed cleaning procedures are outlined in our Health and Safety Policy and Procedures during Covid-19 Pandemic- issued on June 6th, 2020 and all teachers had adequate training and materials.
- Teachers, as well as children, will use either their own or disposable utensils.
3. Developing policies
- Shine-Sign facility has a new Health and Safety Policy and Procedures during Covid-19 Pandemic- issued on June 6th, 2020. Teachers got a copy of it, and we had a special meeting on June 4th, 2020 to introduce policies and procedures to all teachers. All staff is required to confirm that they received procedures and training by signing a declaration. Guidelines around self-isolation are also listed in our Health and Safety Policy.
- Teachers who start feeling ill will be sent home immediately. If a teacher does not have a car to drive home by herself, a contact person will be notified. Emergency contacts and phone numbers for all teachers are written in the Communication Book.
- Teachers might be alone with children only for 2 hours per day and all the health and safety procedures are the same.
4. Developing communication plans and training
All teachers must confirm by signage that they received both: Health and Safety Policy and Procedures during Covid-19 Pandemic- issued on June 6th, 2020 and WCB Safety Plan issued on June 9th, 2020. Two senior teachers (Dragana and Franciesca) worked together on the policies and procedures and are fully cognizant of the rules. New part-time employee (Jaspreet) got safety training on the orientation meeting held on June 4th, 2020.
5. Monitoring the workplace and updating plans as needed
- The manager will update policies and procedures if any new concern comes up in consultation with the teachers.
- Workers are encouraged to raise safety concerns and give constructive proposals on how to resolve any identified safety issues.
6. Assessing and addressing risks from resuming operations
We re-opened our facility on June 8th, 2020 after 2 months of being closed. Before opening both the manager (Dragana) and the assistant (Franciesca) spent a week training and making sure everything is ready so the business can start with health and safety procedures in place. The new teacher (Jaspreet) had an orientation on June 8th, 2020 and a safety and health training on her first day of work on June 8th, 2020. Changes made to ensure that we follow CDCBC instructions for safety and health of everyone included the removal of many toys and stricter cleaning and disinfecting procedures.
Employers are responsible for the health and safety of their workers, and all other workers at their workplace. They are responsible for completing and posting the COVID-19 Safety Plan and to train and educate everyone at the workplace of the contents of that plan. Employers are also responsible for having a system in place to identify the hazards of COVID-19, control the risk, and monitor the effectiveness of the controls.
Workers are responsible for taking reasonable care to protect their own health and safety and the health and safety of other people at workplace. In the context of COVID-19, this means workers are responsible for their own personal self-care, which includes frequent hand washing and staying home when sick. Workers are also responsible for reporting unsafe conditions to their employer, and following the procedures put in place by the employer to control the risks associated with COVID-19.