Fraser Valley Regional Library recognizes the importance of worker safety as we (FVRL) continue safe operations following 2020's COVID-19 related work interruptions. The following safe operations guide will provide employees with information and resources to assist them in ensuring the risk of exposure to COVID-19 is minimized at their workplace. For the purpose of this COVID-19 specific exposure plan, FVRL considers the following symptoms as defined by the BCCDC applicable for the workplace:
Assessment and identification associated with the risk of COVID-19 transmission encompasses Phase 3+ operations and restoration of services. Phase 3+ operations are defined as limited, bookable, public access to Internet and computers, socially distanced in-library browsing access to physical collections, access to limited physically distanced seating and access to Wi-Fi, touchless self serve checkout, maximum building occupancy limits detailing allowable numbers of staff and public library access, designated greeting and waiting areas, which support physical distancing safety measures. Phase 3+ continues to support previous operations defined as virtual programming, limited service hours and the following contactless library services:
COVID-19 spreads in several ways, including through droplets when a person coughs or sneezes, or from touching a contaminated surface before touching the face.
FVRL has implemented the following risk reduction measures to support Phase 3 operations:
FVRL has made amendments to the COVID-19 Responsibilities and Absences from Work Operational Policy as follows:
Ensuring a safe and healthy workplace is a shared responsibility between employers and employees. All staff are required to follow safe work procedures, specific to COVID-19, instituted by FVRL. FVRL has developed COVID-19 safe work practices designed to protect workers who are not working under the COVID-19 Temporary Remote Working Arrangement Operational Policy. Protective measures and procedures specific to COVID-19 in the workplace include:
In the event of an accidental COVID-19 workplace exposure, FVRL will immediately institute Library closure procedures and perform the following actions:
FVRL is committed to ensuring that everyone entering the workplace knows how to keep themselves safe while working with COVID-19 risk mitigating measures in place. FVRL will train employees on the measures and the policies around staying home when sick, reporting to work, posted signage, occupancy limits, effective hygiene practice, physical distancing, and other safe work procedures. FVRL will ensure workers are adequately supervised to ensure they know what to do.
As library service delivery evolves, FVRL, in cooperation with the JHSC, will continue to monitor the workplace and update plans as operations resume and expand. FVRL will, in conjunction with our workers and stakeholders, consistently evaluate and assess risks associated with re-establishing service delivery and expanded library operations.
(LAST UPDATED JUNE 22, 2021)
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