BC Public Service COVID-19 Approach - Key Stages

The image below describes how the BC Public Service's transition to a new way of operating fits within the context of the four phases of BC’s Restart Plan.

BC's Restart Plan, Phase 1 (May 6 Status), Phase 2 (Mid-May Onward Status), Phase 3 (June to September), Phase 4 (TBD). BCPS's Process Stages: Stage 1 (Planning), Stage 2 (Executing), Stage 3 (Monitoring, Controlling, Adapting)

This transition to a new way of operating is intended to be a staged and gradual process. Each ministry will determine its own specific schedules, subject to direction from the Head of the Public Service.

This transition is designed to be a methodical process that allows monitoring of the health of the workforce and the effectiveness of health and safety measures intended to avoid the risk of transmission of COVID-19 in our workplaces. 

BC PSA's Process Stages

In taking steps to maintain a safe and healthy workplace during the pandemic, ministries should work through three stages:

Stage 1: Planning - flexible duration (Ministry timelines)

  • Determine critical functions and positions
  • Perform workplace (and client interactions) risk assessment
  • Determine new  workplace capacity and protocols
  • Establish client-employee safe interaction protocols
  • Select and post Safe Work Procedures
  • Provide orientation and training

Stage 2: Executing - minimum two weeks duration

  • Initiate gradual move to the new workplace capacity (unless already at that level)
  • Monitor effectiveness of all measures
  • Investigate any gaps in measures
  • Identify and implement improvements to measures
  • Complete inspections

Stage 3: Monitoring, Controlling and Adapting - in effect for 6 to 18 months

  • Based on satisfactory inspections, operate up to the new maximum workplace capacity
  • Ensure returning staff are trained
  • Monitor effectiveness of all measures
  • Investigate any gaps in measures
  • Adapt as required
  • Maintain records

Several ministries had to maintain staff within workplaces and interacting with the public to provide some essential services which cannot be delivered remotely. As a result, they may have to adopt a slightly different process to confirm the effectiveness of the measures they have already put in place.