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Prevention & Safety

Your health and safety is our top priority. The following COVID-19 prevention and safety measures are in place for our community’s protection.

Prevention

Precautionary measures to avoid transmission of COVID-19 are similar to measures to prevent cold and flu. For questions related to self-isolation or COVID-19 please call 8-1-1.

  • Wash your hands frequently for at least 20 seconds using soap and water.
  • If a sink is not available, 60-90% alcohol-based hand rubs (hand sanitizer) can be used to clean hands if they are not visibly soiled. If they are visibly soiled, you can use an alcohol-based disposable hand wipe to remove the dirt and then use an alcohol-based hand rub.
  • Do not touch your face/eyes/mouth with unwashed hands.
  • When you sneeze or cough, cover your mouth and nose with a disposable tissue or the crease of your elbow, and then wash your hands.
  • Stay home when you are ill.
  • Avoid close contact with others.

Ensure you are also complying with the current Province-wide restrictions set out by the Public Health Officer to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

COVID-19 symptoms

According to the BCCDC website, symptoms for COVID-19 include fever, cough, muscle aches, and difficulty breathing. Anyone concerned that they may have been exposed to, or are experiencing symptoms of the novel coronavirus, use the BC Centre for Disease Control self-assessment tool at which point they will be connected to further information and instruction from health professionals.

If you have additional questions, please visit the Canada Health FAQ webpage or call the Public Health Agency of Canada COVID-19 telephone information line at 1-833-784-4397.

Wellness and counselling

Counselling resources are always available. Counselling services for faculty and staff are available 24/7 through Homewood Health by calling 1-800-663-1142.

Counselling services for students are available for students virtually or by calling 604-432-8608. The Province of BC’s Here2Talk Program is also available to connect students with mental health supports.

Do not come to campus if you are feeling unwell. Prior to attending any BCIT campus, all students, faculty, and staff are required to complete a wellness check using the Province of BC’s Self-Assessment Tool.

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Return to Work Plans and Risk Assessments

Schools and department plans will be available here, ShareSpace, and posted in the designated work space. Only active Return to Work Plans and Risk Assessments will be outlined below.

The BCIT Go-Forward high level Risk Assessments were prepared by Pinchin and outline the risks associated with partial or full re-occupancy to our campuses. It guides decisions and arrangements for new and ongoing work and is a critical step in each department’s Safety Plan. The assessment takes into consideration potential building occupants’ activities as well as building or room uses and layouts. Based on the risk rankings, it also provides high-level recommendations for prioritizing management measures to mitigate the spread of COVID-19.

Return to work and campus