Returning To Work After A Covid Exposure

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Update On Returning To Work After A Covid Exposure

Concerning recent changes to Mask Mandates and Return To Work (RTW) processes in BC and Ontario:

Effective March 21st 2022, the following changes will come into effect in Ontario, and similar changes took effect in BC as of March 11th:

  1. No longer required to wear a mask in public spaces except when exposed to Covid-19
  2. No longer required to conduct active screening requirements at the worksite
  3. No isolation requirements for those who are fully vaccinated + Booster

Companies will need to review what is required to ensure their Occupational Health and Safety policies protect their workers according to the hazards identified in their workplaces.  

Complete the PERSONAL PROTECTIVE EQUIPMENT NEEDS ASSESSMENT (updated MARCH 2022) created by ABL’s Occupational Wellness manager. Use this checklist as a guide to track PPEs, training and compliance to keep your workers safe from worksite COVID-19 hazards.

See below for a reminder of current Contact Management Requirements and Recommendations, with recent changes noted in bold below:

 In British Columbia:

  1. Fully vaccinated with symptoms – self isolate for 5 days (NEW) and can RTW when they are symptoms free for at least 24 hours
  2. Fully vaccinated or Positive with Covid in past 90 days with an exposure and have no symptoms– self monitor for 10 days – RTW immediately (ABL recommends you still wear a mask).
  3. NEW: Fully vaccinated [+ Booster]  living with a household member with symptoms of COVID – – self monitor for 10 days – RTW immediately (ABL recommends you still wear a mask).
  4. NOT fully vaccinated with symptoms – self isolate for 10 days and can RTW when they are symptoms free for at least 24 hours
  5. NOT fully vaccinated with an exposure and no symptoms – self isolate for 10 days

In Ontario:

  1. Fully vaccinated with symptoms of COVID – self isolate for 5 days and can RTW when they are symptoms free for at least 24 hours
  2. Fully vaccinated with an exposure outside the house with no symptoms– self monitor for 10 days – RTW immediately – WEAR A MASK (NEW)
  3. NOT fully vaccinated with symptoms of COVID – self isolate for 10 days and can RTW when they are symptoms free for at least 24 hours
  4. NOT fully vaccinated with an exposure and no symptoms – self isolate for 10 days
  5. NEW: Fully vaccinated [+ Booster]  living with a household member with symptoms of COVID – – self monitor for 10 days – RTW immediately – WEAR A MASK
  6. Fully vaccinated [2 shots] living with a household member with symptoms of COVID – self isolate for 5 days
 

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