COVID-19 Safety Plans

WorkSafeBC mandates that employers develop a COVID-19 Safety Plan that outlines the policies, guidelines, and procedures they have put in place to reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission in the workplace.  Before resuming activities that require additional faculty, staff, or students to return to work (on campus or in the field), a university approved, unit specific, COVID-19 Safety Plan must be in place for a given workspace, ensuring compliance with WorkSafeBC requirements.  Prior to approving a COVID-19 Safety Plan, Chairs/Deans/Directors must confirm that front line workers and the relevant local safety committee were given the opportunity to review the plan.  

Academic units have been advised of the above requirements, and faculty or supervisors that would like to return to work, or have their employees return to work, are to submit their draft Safety Plans to the co-chairs of the relevant Local Joint Health and Safety Committee for review.  To facilitate these processes, faculty and supervisors are encouraged to use the COVID-19 Safety Plan template and COVID-19 Safety Plan - Local Safety Committee Confirmation of Review (form) provided below.  The Co-Chairs of the local safety committee will request or assign two committee members to review the COVID-19 Safety Plan – an appropriate manager representative and worker representative to the COVID-19 Safety Plan, based on who are most knowledgeable of the work area addressed by the COVID-19 Safety Plan, and who are available and willing to participate in the review process.

The following local safety committees (and co-chairs) pertain to workspaces in the Faculty of Environment:

North East Campus Local Joint Health and Safety Committee
Areas of responsibility; FENV workspaces in:
Education Building, RCB Hall, and Saywell Hall
Fieldwork for:
Department of Archaeology, Department of Geography
Worker co-chair:
Peter Locher (Archaeology)
Management co-chair:
Darrin Grund (Health Sciences)

Faculty of Science Local Joint Health and Safety Committee
Areas of responsibility; FENV workspaces in:
TASC 2, Animal Care Facility
Fieldwork for:
School of Environmental Science
Worker Co-chair: Matt Plotnikoff
(Earth Sciences)
Management Co-chair: Ruth Appanah (Office of the Dean, Science)

South East Campus Local Joint Health and Safety Committee
Areas of responsibility; FENV workspaces in:
Fieldwork for:
School of Resource and Environmental Management
Worker Co-chair:
Jason Smith (non-union member)
Management Co-chair: Nancy Bart (Office of the Dean, Applied Science)

Training Requirements (specific to COVID-19 Return-to-Work)

Self-assessment Resources

All employees, including faculty members, must complete a daily self-assessment before entering their workspace, whether they are required to work on campus or choose to work on campus. The link to B.C.’s COVID-19 self-assessment tool is here:  The Faculty of Environment has been providing hard copies of a SFU FENV COVID-19 Self-Assessment Check List (to be posted at the entrance to each work space) and the SFU FENV COVID-19 Self-Assessment Check List Sign-in Sheet (records retained within each work space) with every approved return-to-work application – we are continuing to provide these documents as a back-up to the BC COVID-19 App.

Unit-level return-to-work protocols and COVID-19 Safety Plans

Within the context of overarching Federal, Provincial, and university health-and-safety guidelines and protocols that pertain to the next phase of returning to work, Departments, Schools and other units may have additional unit-level guidelines and protocols that pertain to return-to-work specifics in those work areas; the documents below are the unit-level guidance documents for the Faculty of Environment (provided by management in each respective unit).


Return-to-Work - FIELD ACTIVITIES (research and teaching)


Faculty of Science - Ancillary Services


Additional Guidance Documents and Resources

  • SFU COVID-19 Go-Forward Plan
    • The SFU Go-Forward Plan is an overarching guidance document that has consolidated and updated the information previously included in the following documents: (i) SFU Internal COVID 19 Guidance on Safe Work on Campus, including Appendices (e.g., Appendix B – Physical Distance Guidelines; Appendix C – Cleaning & Disinfecting Protocols; Appendix D – PPE Guidelines); (ii) Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning Systems during the COVID-19 pandemic; (iii) Guidance for COVID-19 Safety Plan Inspections; (iv) COVID-19 Impact Scale; (v) COVID-19 International Travel; (vi) Common Areas COVID-19 Safety Plan; and (vii) Guidance to COVID-19 Safety Plan Inspections.
  • Instructions on how to order PPE and cleaning supplies
  • 2020 Working Alone Guideline (SFU - Working alone or in isolation)
  • SFU SRS Safety and Risk Guidance for Researchers During COVID-1
  • Human Resources Services during Covid-19
  • Student Support and Services
  • Maximum Room Occupancy Calculations

    Maximum room occupancy values are calculated as follows:
    • Variables:
      • Room area (m2)
      • Unencumbered Space (m2) = Room Area x 0.5 (Facility Index Standard)
      • Maximum Occupancy = Unencumbered Space / 5m2 per occupant
    • Adjusted Maximum Occupancy = rounded adjusted values (e.g., Maximum Occupancy value of 4.1 is generally rounded down to 4.0; Maximum occupancy values <1.0 are rounded up to 1.0 as to allow one person in small workspaces, etc.).  As unencumbered space has determined using an index standard value, Adjusted Maximum Occupancy values can be revised with actual room encumbrance values, if required.

Remote Work Resources