COVID-19 Updates

COVID-19 for Apprentices and Employers

The JLATA is open and is responding to COVID-19 in alignment with the Ministry of Advanced Education, training providers, and following the Ministry of health advice.

Powerline workers are considered essential critical infrastructure workers, and the JLATA continues to work and be available to our Apprentices and Employers during these challenging times.

We thank our Employers, the Trades Trainee Centre (TTC), the Industry Training Authority, and other training partners who understand the unique requirements of apprenticeship training and are doing everything possible to continue supporting trades training while minimizing the risk of exposure to the COVID 19- virus.

Our Employers have adopted and implemented extensive preventative measures across their operations to safeguard the health of their employees. The Trades Trainee Centre has gone to great lengths. It has made many changes to its training facility to address the COVID-19 concerns so that Apprentices can continue their technical training at their facility.

 

APPRENTICE RESPONSIBILITIES DURING COVID 19 PANDEMIC

We ask that Apprentices please do what they can to mitigate exposure to Covid-19.

Apprentices are responsible for taking reasonable care to protect the health and safety of other people at the workplace or while attending technical training. In the context of COVID-19, this means Apprentices are responsible for their self-care, which includes wearing a mask, maintaining physical distancing, frequent hand washing, staying home when sick, and following the procedures put in place by your Employer and technical training provider to control the risks associated with COVID-19.

Trades Trainee Centre (TTC)

Trades Training Centre (TTC) Reminders & Reporting on facility 

  • Do NOT travel outside of Canada (this includes for work) and ensure that the people you associate with have NOT traveled internationally within 14 days of attending technical training or you will not be able to attend.
  • You must be healthy and symptom free to attend.
  • Apprentices will be required to take Daily COVID-19 screenings using the online Self-Assessment (https://bc.thrive.health/) every day before entering the TTC.

Trades Trainee Centre COVID- 19 Protocols for Attending the TTC

  • Coming to the Trades Trainee Centre (TTC) PDF
  • COVID 19 at a Glance (TTC) PDF

Government of BC

COVID-19 BC Support App and Self-Assessment Tool – https://bc.thrive.health/

Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) Common Questions https://www.healthlinkbc.ca/health-feature/coronavirus-disease-covid-19

Tools & Resources for Managing COVID-19 in the BC Public Service

Tools and resources for managers and supervisors to create and maintain a customized COVID-19 Safety Plan for their workplace.

COVID-19 Workplace Assessment Tool (DOCX, 2.3MB) Information about physical distancing capacity, and how to record interaction protocols and continuous improvement actions to meet COVID-19 Workplace Safety Plan requirements.

COVID-19 Workplace Assessment Mask Update (DOCX, 33KB) An appendix to the Workplace Assessment Tool dealing with mask wearing and daily health checks, updated on December 16, 2020. For information on how to complete the assessment, please view the following video on YouTube: BC Public Service COVID-19 Assessment Tool Video Guide

WorkSafeBC

WorkSafeBC COVID-19 Information and Resources

WorkSafeBC latest and helpful information for employers and workers.

What employers should do

What workers should do

Staying safe at work

Worksafe BC COVID-19 Safety Plan app

Employers can use a mobile device to develop their COVID-19 Safety Plan to reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission. The app will guide you through a six-step process to outline your policies, guidelines, and procedures to keep workers healthy and safe.

The app is available for iOS and Android. The COVID-19 Safety Plan is also available as a fillable PDF.

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Covid-19 Safety Plan

Publication Date: Jan 2021

Employers are required to 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. This tool will guide you through a six-step process to help you create your plan. The tool is provided as a fillable PDF you can download and save with the details of the plan for your workplace.

Download PDF Checklist

COVID-19 Public Health Announcements

BC Hydro

As an essential service in the province, BC Hydro is continuing to provide reliable power to their customers.

They are continuing to monitor the situation closely and are implement new measures as the situation progresses based on information and advice provided by health authorities.

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Useful Links

BC Response to COVID-19: https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/safety/emergency- preparedness-response-recovery/covid-19-provincial-support

  • information about which phase we are in and what it means
  • information on B.C. financial assistance
  • latest news releases

BCCDC website: http://www.bccdc.ca/health-info/diseases-conditions/covid-19

  • resources for health professionals
  • commonly asked questions

Government of Canada COVID-19 Website: https://www.canada.ca/en/public- health/services/diseases/coronavirus-disease-covid-19.html

  • Canada-wide COVID-19 updates
  • travel advice
  • preparation advice

World Health Organization COVID-19 Info: https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel- coronavirus-2019

  • up to date world-wide information
  • advice by country

BC Centre for Disease Control: http://www.bccdc.ca/about/news-stories/stories/2020/information-on-novel-coronavirus

  • CDC Travel Advisories

Public Health Agency of Canada: https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/diseases/2019-novel-coronavirus-infection.html

Vancouver Coastal Health: http://www.vch.ca/about-us/news/vancouver-coastal-health-statement-on-coronavirus

Fraser Health Authority Shareable resources – https://www.fraserhealth.ca/health-topics-a-to-z/coronavirus/resources#.X6R_wlCIaUk

BC Centre for Disease Control: http://www.bccdc.ca/about/news-stories/stories/2020/information-on-novel-coronavirus

OSHA

Additional Information & Support

Health Provider Line: 8-1-1

  • medical advice for those experiencing symptoms

BC COVID-19 Support Line: 1-888-COVID19 (1-888-268-4319)

  • non-medical information about COVID-19
  • 7:30 am to 5 pm, 7 days a week
  • available in 120 languages

Canadian COVID-19 Economic Response Plan: 1-833-381-2725 (COVID -19 EI Hotline)
https://www.canada.ca/en/department-finance/economic-response-plan.html

  • information on government financial support

Canadian EI Info: https://www.canada.ca/en/services/benefits/ei.html

who is eligible

COVID-19 changes in EI

how to apply

Powering BC Through Excellence in Training
The Joint Line Apprenticeship Training Association has the managerial oversight for the program to assure Apprentices in the Powerline Technician Apprenticeship Program are provided the best training and learning experience within the trade.