COVID-19 Safety Plan

The purpose of the NIC COVID-19 Safety Plan is to protect students and employees from exposure to COVID-19, to reduce the risk of infection in the event of an exposure, and to comply with the WorkSafeBC Occupational Health and Safety Regulations as well as their guidance specific to COVID-19.

The plan includes preventative measures to protect students and employees from exposure to COVID-19 and identifies specific supervisor and employee responsibilities.

To prevent or reduce exposure to COVID-19 all students and employees must follow the procedures outlined in NIC COVID-19 Safety Plan as well as their program or department specific safety plan.

Learn more, read the NIC COVID-19 Safety Plan

Student and employee expectations

As stated in the NIC Community Code of Academic, Personal and Professional Conduct Policy 3-06, Appendix C (Code of Conduct), all members of the college community have the responsibility of creating a welcoming, safe, and inclusive environment.

In the interest of safety, students, staff, faculty, and other members of the college community including visitors and contractors are required to comply with all applicable COVID-19-related NIC safety plans and protocols and Public Health Officer (PHO) requirements including, but not limited to:

  • Wearing masks in all common areas inclusive of indoor settings. At NIC, this would include shared work and training areas where physical distancing cannot be maintained*.
  • Wearing masks at desk/workstations if you cannot maintain physical distancing requirements*.
  • Wearing masks in lab and shops and as required by specific courses/programs*.
  • Maintaining physical distance (6 feet – 2 metres) from others, to the greatest extent possible.
  • Complying with all maximum occupancy requirements, signage, and floor markings posted in all campus spaces.
  • Reading and adhering to all screening questions when coming to campus.
  • Remaining at home if unwell or if showing any of the symptoms associated with COVID-19. If unwell, students, staff and faculty should notify their instructor or manager.
  • Using frequent and proper hand hygiene (i.e., hand washing with soap and warm water or use of hand sanitizer when soap and water are not available).
  • Avoiding the sharing of utensils, glasses, pens or pencils, laptops, keyboards, microphones or other similar personal products, and frequently sanitize or disinfect high-touch surfaces, such as phone screens, keyboards, tables, desks, etc.
  • Responsibly disposing of any sanitizing or disinfecting wipes and related materials.
  • Abiding by all policies/protocols related to visitors/guests on campus.
  • Being respectful and attentive to anyone who needs help or a reminder about community expectations.
  • Avoiding bias-based discrimination. The current COVID-19 outbreak has provoked bias and discriminatory behaviors against people of certain racial and ethnic backgrounds. We know that the virus does not differentiate with respect to race, ethnicity, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, socio-economic status, or physical ability. During this time of great uncertainty based on the COVID-19 pandemic, students, staff and faculty are expected to treat others with the respect every human being deserves and not promote, participate in, or allow their own bias to impede the access and opportunity of others in their community.

Employees working off campus and returning to work on campus must ensure they have been orientated and are up to date on with the COVID-19 Safety Plan and their department plan. Speak with your supervisor for details.

If you have questions, please ask your instructor or supervisor. Alternatively contact: healthandsafety@nic.bc.ca.

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