As government restrictions begin to ease in New Brunswick and workplaces start to contemplate a return to work, all members should be aware of the provincial requirements to maintain a safe workplace. Physical distancing, health screenings, physical barriers (plexiglass), hand washing, surface cleaning, masks, and face coverings will be the new normal. Remote working, where possible, will need to be expanded and sustained throughout the recovery.
Each business will be required to have a written plan documenting their risk assessment and mitigation measures consistent with Public Health guidance and WorkSafeNB rules and regulations. These plans will need to be produced during spot checks or should a complaint be made and investigated by one of the parties.
Other Important Requirements to Note:
- EMPLOYERS must take every reasonable precaution to ensure the health and safety of employees.
- EMPLOYEES must ensure their own health and safety and that of other persons at, in, or near the place of employment. This can mean checking and reporting personal health status on a daily basis.
- Workers who are coming into the province from outside continue to have to self-isolate for 14 days once in New Brunswick.
- All businesses or organizations must have an individual responsible for COVID-19 oversight.
- Job protection is now in place, retroactively to March 12, for those who are not able to work because they have COVID-19 or are caring for others impacted by COVID-19.