A dedicated BCNU member safety and support phone line has been established to respond to nurses who have occupational health and safety and labour relations concerns related to COVID-19. This phone line is available to all nurses who require urgent assistance from 0700 - 2300, seven days per week.
Or dial toll-free at 1-800-663-9991 (press 1).
Confirm the employer has site-specific engineering and administrative controls to minimize risk of exposure.
Know the Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) available for workers at your site, and any related policies and procedures for PPE usage.
Follow up with BCNU members to find out if they are trained in administrative and engineering controls, and effective use of PPE.
If you know BCNU members who may be at high risk of exposure to communicable diseases (e.g. Emergency Room nurses, Public Health nurses) who don’t have updated mask fit testing, formally request testing ASAP.
Encourage members to request applicable training in the exposure control plan, developed to minimize risk of exposure.
Inform members of their right to refuse unsafe work in accordance with Section 3.12 of OH&S Regulation.
Facilitate a BCNU steward and JOHS rep meeting to discuss action planning.
Add COVID-19 to your next JOHS Committee meeting agenda.
To prompt discussion at your meeting, consider the following:
Review Section 5.1 - 5.2, 5.54 and 6.33 – 6.40 of the OH&S Regulation as a committee . Then, confirm the employer is compliant with each subsection—especially related to communication to workers.
Does the employer have a site-specific exposure control plan for COVID-19, and a plan to inform workers
Request the worksite’s plan to keep employees safe if a worker is infected. Ask for the written procedure to share with all employees.
Request mask fit testing records of all workers in the facility. Follow up on those who have not been fit tested in the last year.
Communicate with the steward team at your site and coordinate activities and communication with the employer.
Ensure all key discussion points, action items and related timelines are documented clearly in the minutes.
Follow up with members at your facility to find out if they have concerns, fears or any requests related to COVID-19.
Document your conversations with members.
Reach out to your regional OH&S rep for assistance in determining a plan of actions to address concerns.
Know your Health Authority’s pandemic response plan and refer to it when supporting members with site specific issues.
Connect with the JOHS Committee reps in your region to support their JOHS Committee discussions and activities related to COVID-19.
Keep the Union head office and executive in the loop on regional/site updates.
Facilitate conversations between site stewards and site JOHS Committee reps.
Speak to someone between the hours of 0700 - 2300, seven days per week.
Or call toll-free, at 1-800-663-9991
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