We have received many questions about how we perform electrical work during the COVID-19 response. Rest assured, we understand (and share) our customers’ concerns during this time of uncertainty. Know that we are committed to following the latest public health and Work Safe BC guidelines to ensure the safety of our clients and employees. We have taken these measures very seriously and will continue to do so as the situation evolves. Meeting our customers’ electrical needs safely during the Coronavirus response remains top priority for our family owned company.
How We Perform Electrical Work During the COVID-19 Response
As a first line of protection, we have a strict “no working while sick” policy. All electricians must be in good health to come to work. Additionally, we have created a detailed Covid-19 Safety Plan according to Work Safe BC’s guidelines. Here is what you can expect when our electricians are on site to perform electrical work at your home or business:
- an initial site survey by our Lead Electrician to identify possible risks for transmission of COVID-19
- our employees will be instructed how to prevent transmission from identified potential sources
- masks will be worn by all employees on site
- sanitization of our electricians’ hands and tools before entering your home or business
- disposable gloves will be worn while performing electrical work
- strict distancing of electrical workers while on site (a plastic barrier will be provided if this is not possible)
What YOU Can Do To Help
- inform us in advance if anyone in your home has recently been or is currently sick (or has been exposed to someone who is)
- clear all clutter/furniture from the area we will be working in (minimizing our contact/touch points)
- provide clear access to the electrical panel
- wear a mask if you must be on site while electrical work is being performed
- stay in another room while we are working if you cannot leave
- open doors and windows to provide maximum ventilation for our electricians (if possible)
Electrical Work at Your Place of Business
We know that many Comox Valley small businesses have been hit hard by the economic effects of COVID-19. We understand and we are here for you! Most energy saving refits and electrical repairs can be flexibly scheduled to occur off hours when clients are not on site. This enhances everyone’s safety but also minimizes disruption in your trade as we begin to welcome the public back into our offices, shops and clinics.
Electrical Retrofits to Accommodate Physical Distancing
Most businesses are busy making changes to abide by Work Safe BC guidelines as restrictions are slowly lifted. These retrofits might require electrical work such as:
- adding receptacles to accommodate relocated equipment
- adding new lighting in rearranged work/client spaces
- relocating or adding data lines
- new signage lighting
- outdoor power/light for client pick up and service areas
- the creation of home offices to support the work at home model
How to Hire a Contractor to Perform Electrical Work During the COVID-19 Response
Hiring a licensed professional to perform electrical work during the COVID-19 response is of utmost importance. In addition to performing legal electrical work subject to inspection, your electrician should have liability insurance and Work Safe BC coverage. Being in good standing with Work Safe BC is crucial! Their industry specific guidelines have been carefully designed to protect YOU and the workers who may enter your home or business to perform electrical work.
A professional, licensed electrical contractor will not hesitate to show you their Work Safe BC COVID- 19 Safety Plan. You should also expect to be informed about measures planned to reduce risks of transmitting Coronavirus during planned electrical work. Your health and the health of our community members and workers is at stake, so always hire a reputable professional!