REOPENING PLAN FOR RESEARCH AT PHC
Submitted by Dr. Darryl Knight, VP, Research & Academic Affairs, PHC and President, PHCRI
In accordance with a recent UBC Bulletin issued by Dr. Santa Ono, UBC has implemented its new, streamlined safety planning process in alignment with Step 3 of BC’s Restart plan. Seven institutional safety plans are available, to be applied to UBC and PHC Research Institute (PHCRI) learning, research and/or administrative spaces, until we shift to a more general communicable disease plan, as advised by Dr. Bonnie Henry (Ministry of Health and (gov.bc.ca). This plan will apply basic risk reduction principles that will reduce the risk of not only COVID-19 transmission, but of all communicable diseases that affect the workplace. Those working in health authority clinical spaces (i.e. patient wards, ICU) must continue to follow health authority IPAC guidelines.
By taking a standardized, institutional approach, individual Faculties and administrative units will not need to create new safety plans for their area, and will only need to follow the measures outlined in applicable institutional safety plan(s). This will ensure a consistent approach across the organization, encompassing our campuses and other sites.
Research Resumption Process
Step 3 of BC’s Restart plan for Offices and Workplaces allows for continued return to the workplace and seminars, bigger meetings. UBC/PHCRI expected to gradually ramp up activities starting July 1 (when more restrictions were lifted including physical distancing) to allow for everyone to adjust to these changes and to increase occupancy. Public Health and WorkSafeBC will be providing more information on this soon to support employers and workers to make this important transition, however, effective July 1, 2021, PHCRI Research Resumption approvals are no longer required.