BCIT is pleased to release our COVID-19 Go-Forward Plan (the Go-Forward Plan) to help guide and keep our students, faculty, and staff safe as we return to various forms of programming this fall. These important guidelines apply to all forms of learning and work: remote, a combination of remote and on-campus, and primarily on-campus learning. This also covers operational and administrative spaces as well as common areas across our campuses.
This technical safety plan was prepared by Pinchin Ltd. on behalf of the Institute in close consultation with the BCIT Emergency Operations Centre (EOC) and the Safety, Security and Emergency Management (SSEM) teams. Pinchin is one of Canada’s largest and most respected environmental, engineering, building science, and health and safety consulting firms.
The Go-Forward Plan covers:
- BCIT’s and all community members’ regulatory responsibilities and best practices;
- An overview and related information on Risk Assessments;
- Best practices issued by the provincial government to mitigate and manage transmission of COVID-19 individually and operationally; and
- Return to Campus Programs and Protocols.
We will update this plan as WorkSafeBC, Provincial Health Officer, and other regulatory guidelines evolve and emerge to ensure we remain current and are doing all we can to protect and inform our community.
We have also prepared an Executive Summary of the Go-Forward Plan and ask that you familiarize yourself with both documents.
The Burnaby Campus will be operating at a reduced building capacity during the Fall term to further support our physical distancing and safety protocols in common spaces. Some areas will be closed as noted through extensive signage. If an area you would normally access is closed, you will receive alternative information directly from your manager or instructor.
I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone involved in the preparation of this plan, programs, and protocols, and for your ongoing and exceptional commitment to protecting our community.
I would also like to thank our students, faculty, and staff for your ongoing patience, vigilance, and questions to ensure BCIT has an extensive COVID-19 response now and as this pandemic evolves.
We are all in this together, and we all have a role to play in keeping ourselves, our family, and those we love safe during this unprecedented time in history.
Director, Safety, Security and Emergency Management