The Automotive Retailers Association is focused on helping its members and staff keep safe during the COVID-19 pandemic. As the situation evolves, updates will be provided below with the newest information added on top:
Webinar: COVID-19 Workplace Health and Safety
An informative webinar, recorded on May 28. The key speaker, Chris Back from WorkSafeBC, presents important aspects of ensuring workplace health and safety for employees and customers alike. Click here to register and watch.
Assessment payments under the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy program
May 14, 2020: Public Health Order from Dr. Bonnie Henry:
- Employers are required by section 21 (2) (c) of the Workers Compensation Act to establish occupational health and safety policies and programs in accordance with the Occupational Health and Safety Regulation and have been directed by WorkSafeBC to develop a plan to ensure that the risk of transmission of SARS-CoV-2 at workplaces is minimized (hereinafter referred to as the “COVID-19 Safety Plan” for the purposes of this Order);
- That they must post a copy of their COVID-19 Safety Plan on their website (if you have one) and at their workplace so that it is readily available for review by workers, other persons who may attend at the workplace to provide services and members of the public;
- Provide a copy of your COVID-19 Safety Plan to a health officer or a WorkSafeBC officer, on request.
WorkSafeBC COVID-19 Safety Plan:
To help businesses prepare, WorkSafeBC has developed a resource that can help in a COVID-19 safety plan development.
- Refusal of Unsafe Work
- Tips for vehicle sanitization
- General tips for sanitization
- Health & Safety Tips for the Towing Industry Amid Covid-19
- ARA Covid-19 Updates
Short-term extensions of Occupational First Aid Certificates update:
As British Columbia begins to reopen its doors, access to first aid training will increase across the province. We expect first aid attendants with expired certificates will seek recertification as soon as training is available.
Meanwhile, to further accommodate physical distancing and safe practices, WorkSafeBC has extended first aid certificates with expiry dates between March 1, 2020 and August 1, 2020. These certificates will now be acceptable in the workplace for 180 days beyond their original expiry date. Certificates will not be reprinted, and no further action is needed from either first aid attendants or employers to qualify for an extension.
WorkSafeBC will continue to monitor the COVID-19 outbreak and recommendations put forth by federal and provincial agencies. Should an additional extension be required, we will release further information and direction at that time.