At BCIT, the safety of our students, faculty and staff, and the wider community is our first priority. As BCIT gradually re-opens its campuses, we have implemented the following safe work practices as per WorkSafeBC’s requirements to reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission:
- Physical distancing whenever possible
- Providing the control measures needed, including PPE, when physical distancing cannot be maintained
- Increased cleaning and disinfecting of campus areas
These safety practices are supported by area Safety Plans and/or Risk Assessments, which are completed by Schools and functional departments. As an essential part of the BCIT Community, visitors are expected to know and follow BCIT’s COVID-19 safety protocols while attending BCIT.
Expectations for visitors
- Masks are now required to be worn by all British Columbians, 12 years and older, in many indoor public settings including:
- common areas at BCIT include spaces shared by other people, such as study areas, meeting rooms, classrooms, open offices, cubicles, and stairwells.
- People who are not able to wear a mask for medical or other reasons are exempt and asked to be especially careful to maintain a safe distance from others.
- Review the Safety Plan, Risk Assessment or other applicable safety information provided to you by your BCIT contact.
- Please ensure that you can answer “no” to all of the following questions and confirm with your BCIT Contact:
- Do you have cold or flu-like symptoms?
- In the last 14 days, have you tested positive for COVID-19 or are you a close contact with someone who has?
- Have you travelled internationally in the last 14 days?
- Have you been advised to self-isolate?
- The BC COVID-19 Self-Assessment Tool is available to anyone and can be used to help assess symptoms and determine whether further assessment or testing for COVID-19 is needed.
- Follow the safety measures outlined in the Safety Plan, Risk Assessment or other safety information for the area you are visiting, as applicable.
- Stay 2 metres apart from others.
- Wear a disposable 3-ply face mask in common areas (e.g. hallways, grounds, classrooms, labs).
- Wash or sanitize hands frequently.
- Avoid touching your face with unwashed hands.
- Cough or sneeze into the bend of your elbow.
- If you become ill, notify your BCIT contact.