VICTORIA, BC (May 21, 2020) - Over the coming weeks and months, employees will begin returning to offices as part of BC’s Restart Plan and things will be different. Orders from Provincial Health Officer (PHO) Bonnie Henry and guidance by the BC Centre of Disease Control, represent the minimum standard that employers and businesses must meet, to comply with obligations to ensure worker health and safety.
To help their members and all business offices meet and exceed the minimum standards, VIATEC has created a handbook to assist in determining what is required by authorities. It also includes a checklist complete with examples to help reopen an office, so that employees can return to the workplace feeling safe and healthy.
VIATEC’s goal is to provide specific actions to help its members ensure they understand what is required based on the resources included in this document, and provide a practical guide for next steps.
VIATEC’s Back to the Office Handbook includes:
- Guide for creating your own “COVID-19 Safety Plan” (required)
- Master Re-Entry Plan Checklist
- Deep Clean Checklist and more.
“We’re optimistic that equipped with the right approach and procedures, we can ensure the coming months are full of encouraging milestones,” says Dan Gunn, CEO of VIATEC. “We are pleased to do what we can to help our community navigate through the re-entry process and we hope that by compiling a step-by-step approach combined with examples and checklists, offices will save time and have a clear way forward. At times like these, it is more important than ever that communities come together.”
VIATEC (Victoria Innovation, Advanced Technology and Entrepreneurship Council), started in 1989. VIATEC's mission is to cultivate the most cohesive tech community in the world by providing resources to tackle shared opportunities and challenges while boosting a sense of belonging and shaping our region. (Victoria's biggest industry is tech!).
We work closely with our members to offer a variety of events, programs and services. In addition, VIATEC serves as the front door of the local tech sector and as its spokesperson. To better support local innovators, we acquired our own building (Fort Tectoria) where we offer flexible and affordable office space to emerging local companies along with a gathering/event space for local entrepreneurs.