COVID-19 Updates

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:

PHO to Focus on Dealership Workplace Health and Safety Amid Rise in COVID cases. 

May 4, 2021 – Over the next few weeks, BC’s PHO will be ramping up workplace inspections. Dealerships have been identified as an area of concern and focus. You may be visited by a WorksafeBC officer to review your workplace COVID-19 health and safety plan over the next few weeks. Now would be a good time to review and update your plan. For more help and resources on how to develop your plan visit https://ohs.ara.bc.ca/news/ara-covid-19-updates.

WorkSafeBC Update April 8, 2021:

Today, the provincial health officer (PHO) announced an order delegating specific powers of the Public Health Act to WorkSafeBC prevention officers. The powers delegated to our prevention officers are limited to serving a closure order on a business with a known COVID-19 outbreak. The closure order will be in effect for a period of 10 days or more, as prescribed by the health authority’s medical health officer on a case-by-case basis, and served when directed to do so by a provincial medical health officer.

WorkSafeBC is providing this support to help the province manage the recent increase in COVID-19 cases. When serving the closure order, the WorkSafeBC prevention officer will engage the employer on a discussion regarding their COVID-19 safety plan and provide the employer with the Reviewing and Updating Your COVID-19 Safety Plan resource guide. The prevention officer will advise the employer that they should review and make improvements to their COVID-19 safety plan. Once the workplace has re-opened, the prevention officer will conduct an inspection to review the employer’s updated COVID-19 safety plan to ensure the employer is effectively implementing measures to prevent the transmission of COVID-19 in the workplace.

The increase in COVID-19 cases is an important reminder that all of us – employers, workers, industry, and stakeholders – have a shared responsibility to remain vigilant in supporting workplace health and safety during the pandemic. For more information on the most recent PHO order and how to keep workplaces healthy and safe, please refer to the following:

Webinar: COVID-19 Workplace Health and Safety

An informative webinar, recorded on May 28, 2020. 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.

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