Step 1. Risks at the workplace
The spread of the virus which causes COVID-19 is spread by droplets when a person coughs or sneezes, if you touch a contaminated surface and then touch your face.
The risk of person to person transmission increases when people are in close contact, by an increased amount of time spent together and by the more people you come near.
The risk of surface transmission increases when multiple people come in contact with the same surface over a short period of time.
Identified areas of risk
- The classroom, being a closed space where students and instructor must be near to each other
- Surfaces in the classroom that are touched by students and instructor
- Washroom located in classroom
Most time during class will allow for social distancing will be relatively easy. Higher risk times will be when students are given time to use training aids.
High contact surfaces in the classroom:
- Training aids
Step 2. Protocols to reduce the risks
Elimination – First level of protection
All classes will have only one instructor in order to keep the number of staff and students to a minimum.
Class capacity will be restricted to maintain 2 meters distance between separate parties, including the instructor.
Engineering Controls – Second level of protection
Installing barriers between seats has been considered but is not a practical or financially feasible option. Social distance policies are in place so that the need for barriers is eliminated.
Administrative controls – Third level of protection
High contact surfaces in the classroom will be cleaned before and after classes and instructors and students will ensure that they are practicing frequent hand washing/sanitizing through out the day.
Hand sanitizer will be available in the classroom as well as a sink with soap and warm water for frequent hand washing.
PPE – Fourth level of protection
Students will be required to wear a face mask while in class to protect themselves and minimize transmission to others. This is required as per current BC Health Officer Bonnie Henry’s order as of November 19, 2020.
Step 3. Policies
Before and after each class, all high contact surfaces will be cleaned by Silvercore staff with disinfectant.
Instructors will be required to wash their hands thoroughly before each class begins, and wash or sanitize their hands throughout the class as necessary.
Instructors will maintain a minimum 2-meter distance from guests at all times.
Instructors will take the temperature of students before class and will not allow students with a high temperature to stay in class. If this happens, our office will rebook the student on a future class at least two weeks later.
Students will be required to wear a mask in class.
Students who have experienced COVID-19 symptoms, or have travelled out of country, in the past 14 days, or been directed to self isolate for any other reason will not be permitted to attend a class.
Any staff with symptoms of COVID-19 including fever, chills, cough, shortness of breath, sore throat and painful swallowing, must self-isolate at home for a minimum of 14 days.
Any staff under the direction of the provincial health officer to self-isolate must follow their instructions.
Any staff who has arrived from outside of Canada, or who is a contact of a confirmed COVID-19 case, to self-isolate for 14 days and monitor for symptoms.
Step 4. Communication plan and training
Staff are required to read through the safety protocols and procedures before returning to work. Signage will be posted in the classroom next to the sanitizer advising students to sanitize as they enter. Students will be forwarded a copy of our policies in their confirmation email after course registration.
At the start of a class, students will be reminded of relevant policies i.e. sanitizing as they enter, mask wearing suggestions, encouraged to wash/sanitize throughout the day, not to touch training aids to their face, reminded to stay 2 meters from anyone not in their party and have the opportunity to clarify and ask questions then or throughout the class.
Step 5. Monitoring the workplace and updating plans
Post class, staff will discuss how the class went, what worked well, what was difficult, any suggestions about how to best tweak procedures. There will be an ongoing discussion and changes of the policies as the COVID-19 pandemic evolves.
Silvercore Training will monitor news and WorksafeBC updates regarding COVID-19 and reassess policies accordingly.
Any staff who begin to feel unwell or have any COVID-19 symptoms should inform their supervisor immediately.