Safety Plans

Information on this page is subject to change and was last updated Sept. 9, 2020.

As businesses and organizations look to resume operations following COVID-19 related stoppages or interruptions, and as the province moves into Phases 2 and 3 of BC’s Restart Plan, employers are required to develop safety plans before resuming operations. This includes post-secondary institutions.

These COVID-19 safety plans outline the policies, guidelines and procedures in place to reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission. They follow the six steps outlined by WorkSafe BC.

This information forms the content of our institutional plan, which identifies the protocols that everyone at TRU must follow to keep our university community safe. This includes the requirements for safety plans for all campus units.

In accordance with WorkSafe BC, all units and researchers who are approved to resume on-campus activities (via the Provost or VP Administration and Finance) will be required to have an approved COVID-19 safety plan in place and complete all required training.

Types of safety plans

Updated safety plan templates and processes have been created for the following areas. If you are not sure of which plan to use, please contact for clarification.

Process to create a safety plan

  • Safety plans are created by managers and deans in consultation with their staff.
    • Review the Exposure Control section on this site as it will inform you of the various control measures available.
    • Download a copy of the safety plan instructions and appropriate safety plan template as noted above in 'Types of safety plans'.
    • Room Capacities and configurations have been created by Facilities.  If these configurations do not work for your area, please contact to discuss options before making changes.
  • Send a draft to for review.
  • OSEM reviews and provides any necessary feedback/revisions to the submitter. Once all items are addressed and revisions made (by the person who submitted) OSEM will sign the document and send a PDF version to the dean/director.
  • Dean/director reviews, approves and signs off digitally, then returns
  • OSEM forwards safety plan to the Provost/VP A&F for review and approval.
  • OSEM returns fully approved safety plan to the dean/director for their records and to review with their team.
  • OSEM retains a copy and posts to OneTRU.
  • All staff will require training on the safety plan so that they are aware of its contents. A record of this training is to be kept by the dean or manager.
  • All staff are required to complete the additional training requirements as noted in the Training section of this site.

Process to change a safety plan

Our safety plans were designed to be updated as regulations and directives from public agencies revise or as your needs change. To make a change:

  • Send a request to with the name of the plan you wish to change.
  • OSEM will send you the Word version of your approved plan.
  • Make changes using the tracked changes function and return to OSEM.
  • OSEM staff will conduct a review and provide you with an updated approved version.

Units that have continued to operate throughout the pandemic or those (including researchers) who have been granted on-campus approvals during the summer semester using the existing safety plans will not need to create new plans unless their operations have changed.

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