As the economy starts to reopen, gradually, we will see businesses resume, stay-at-home restrictions lifted and workers return to physical workplaces.
Planning is essential to protect the health and safety of workers and the public. Your plan needs to identify the hazards related to COVID-19 and how you will manage the risks, such as using personal protective equipment (PPE) and physical distancing measures. (See Hazards and Risks on our website.) Follow the orders and guidance issued by the Government of Yukon and the Chief Medical Officer of Health.
As well, a plan for a safe return to the workplace needs to take account of the psychological well-being of workers. Naturally, returning to the workplace will be a source of anxiety: about the health and safety of an individual worker and of those they care about, and about balancing home and work responsibilities.
Businesses and services not mandated to close under the Civil Emergency Measures Act may operate on the condition that appropriate safety precautions are in place and a COVID-19 Operational Plan is set up. More information may be found on the Government of Yukon website: Operating businesses, services and events safely during COVID-19.
YWCHSB safety officers are available to review your Operational Plan. If you wish us to do so, send it to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Government of Yukon has published “A path forward – Yukon’s plan for lifting COVID-19 restrictions,” which describes a phased approach to lifting public health measures, while keeping individuals and communities safe and healthy.
Resources from other jurisdictions
Quebec: COVID-19 Toolkit
British Columbia: BC’s Restart Plan
New Brunswick: Embracing the New Normal as We Return to Work
Alberta: Guidance for reopening