(pursuant to section 21(2)(c) of the B.C.Workers Compensation Act)
Landmark Law Group (hereinafter "Company") takes the health and safety of our employees and clients seriously. The Company is a proud part of the legal community, which many have deemed "essential" during this declared health emergency. In order to be safe and maintain operations, we have developed this COVID-19 Safety Plan to be implemented, to the extent feasible and appropriate, at our office.
This Plan is based on information currently available and is subject to change based on further information provided by the heath authorities and other public officials. The Company may also amend this Plan based on operational needs.
Everyone should be familiar with the symptoms of COVID-19, which include the following:
- Shortness of breath, difficulty breathing; and
- Early symptoms such as chills, body aches, sore throat, headache, diarrhea, nausea/vomiting, and runny nose.
If you develop a fever and symptoms of respiratory illness, such as cough or shortness of breath, DO NOT GO TO WORK and call your healthcare provider right away. Likewise, if you come into close contact with someone showing these symptoms, call your healthcare provider right away.
The Company is asking every one of our employees to help with our prevention efforts while at work. As set forth below, the Company has instituted various housekeeping, social distancing, and other best practices in our office. The following is control and preventative guidance for all employees, regardless of exposure risk:
- Frequently wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. When soap and running water are unavailable, use an alcohol-based hand rub with at least 60% alcohol.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands.
- Follow appropriate respiratory etiquette, which includes covering for coughs and sneezes.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
The Company has instituted the following protective measures at our office.
A. General Safety Policies and Rules
- Any employee/visitor showing symptoms of COVID-19 will be asked to leave the office and return home.
- Employees must avoid physical contact with others and shall direct others (coworkers/ visitors) to increase personal space to at least six feet, where possible.
- The Company has provided both alcohol-based hand sanitizers and wipes for personal use and for the purpose of cleaning counters, furniture, pens, etc.
B. Office Visitors
- The number of visitors to the office will be limited to only those necessary for the work.
- All visitors will be screened on arrival at the office. If the visitor answers "yes" to any of the following questions, he/she will not be permitted to stay at the office:
- Have you been confirmed positive for COVID-19 and have not been confirmed recovered?
- Are you currently experiencing, or recently experienced, any acute respiratory illness symptoms such as fever, cough, or shortness of breath?
- Have you been in close contact with any persons who has been confirmed positive for COVID-19?
- Have you been in close contact with any persons who have traveled and are also exhibiting acute respiratory illness symptoms?
- Site deliveries will be permitted but should be properly coordinated in line with minimal contact and cleaning protocols.
C. Office Exposure Situations
- Employee Exhibits COVID-19 Symptoms
If an employee exhibits COVID-19 symptoms, the employee must remain at home until he or she is symptom free for 72 hours (3 full days) without the use of fever-reducing or other symptom-altering medicines (e.g., cough suppressants). The Company will similarly require an employee who reports to work with symptoms to return home until he or she is symptom free for 72 hours (3 full days). To the extent practical, employees are required to obtain a doctor’s note clearing them to return to work.
- Employee Tests Positive for COVID-19
An employee who tests positive for COVID-19 will be directed to self-quarantine away from work. Employees that test positive and are symptom free may return to work when at least seven days have passed since the date of his or her first positive test, and have not had a subsequent illness. Employees who test positive and are directed to care for themselves at home may return to work when: (1) at least 72 hours (3 full days) have passed since recovery; and (2) at least seven days have passed since symptoms first appeared. Employees who test positive and have been hospitalized may return to work when directed to do so by their medical care providers. The Company will require an employee to provide documentation clearing his or her return to work.
- Employee Has Close Contact with an Individual Who Has Tested Positive for COVID-19
Employees who have come into close contact with an individual who has tested positive for COVID-19 (co-worker or otherwise) will be directed to self-quarantine for 14 days from the last date of close contact with that individual. Close contact is defined as six feet for a prolonged period of time.
If the Company learns that an employee has tested positive, the Company will conduct an investigation to determine co-workers who may have had close contact with the confirmed positive employee in the prior 14 days and direct those individuals who have had close contact with the confirmed-positive employee to self-quarantine for 14 days from the last date of close contact with that employee. If applicable, the Company will also notify any visitors who may have had close contact with the confirmed-positive employee. If an employee learns that he or she has come into close contact with a confirmed-positive individual outside of the workplace, he/she must alert the Company of the close contact and self-quarantine for 14 days from the last date of close contact with that individual. (Recovery is defined as: (1) resolution of fever without the use of fever-reducing medications and (2) improvement in respiratory symptoms (e.g., cough, shortness of breath).)
Except for circumstances in which the Company is legally required to report workplace occurrences of communicable disease, the confidentiality of all medical conditions will be maintained in accordance with applicable law and to the extent practical under the circumstances. When it is required, the number of persons who will be informed that an unnamed employee has tested positive will be kept to the minimum needed to comply with reporting requirements and to limit the potential for transmission to others. The Company reserves the right to inform other employees that an unnamed co-worker has been diagnosed with COVID-19 if the other employees might have been exposed to the disease so the employees may take measures to protect their own health. The Company also reserves the right to inform visitors that an unnamed employee has been diagnosed with COVID-19 if they might have been exposed to the disease so those individuals may take measures to protect their own health.