Campus Return Planning Guide: Our Safety Approach

New Safety Planning Process

In consultation with Public Health, UBC has streamlined the safety planning process to align with the BC Restart Plan and what has been learned about COVID-19 since the start of the pandemic. This will provide for consistent infection prevention measures, while reducing administrative burden. Activity-type specific safety plans that meet the requirements of WorkSafeBC, COVID-19 Return-to-Campus Guidelines, and Vancouver Coastal Health, developed by UBC's Safety and Risk Services, have been implemented throughout the campus community.

The seven COVID-19 Safety Plans do not require customization, just implementation, and are applicable UBC-wide. They are based on your work activities, so simply choose the plan(s) that suits your work situation. For example, if your work activity includes laboratory, office, and common spaces, you will need to reference three applicable COVID-19 Safety Plans. Unlike the previous COVID-19 Safety Plan, the new plans do not require to be submitted or approved. Please visit Safety and Risk Services to access the latest Safety Plans.

The new COVID-19 Safety Plans are framed around Step 3 of the BC Restart plan, which was implemented on July 1, 2021.

In Step 3, UBC moving to a broader overarching Communicable Disease Prevention plan. This new plan aligns with PHO guidance and WorkSafe BC requirements and will be fully implemented by the start of Step 4 of BC’s restart plan.

All units and work areas are expected to follow the applicable safety plan(s). Units and work areas under industry specific guidance will need to have a COVID-19 safety plan that aligns with the industry requirements.

View how UBC’s safety planning framework overlays the steps of the BC Restart Plan: UBC Safety Planning Framework [pdf].

Relationship with Public Health: Case Identification, Contact Tracing & Notification

Notification of COVID-19 cases, and potential exposures, within our community is managed by Public Health authorities, not by UBC. If UBC is asked by Public Health authorities to assist in notifying community members of a confirmed case we will do so by assisting in the distribution of materials prepared by those Public Health authorities. Only those identified through contact tracing as “needing to know” will have access to this information. During contact tracing, the Public Health team does a thorough assessment of where the person has been during their infectious period and if there was any risk of public exposure. Depending on the type of interactions a case has had and the measures and safety plans in place at the time, Public Health is often able to identify and notify all close contacts directly and determine there is no further risk. Public Health only issues public exposure alerts if they have determined there was a risk of public exposure and they are not able to contact everyone who may have been exposed.

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