Health & Safety Standards
Our business has followed WorkSafeBC guidelines and will decide the graduation dates between phases based on current government and health authority recommendations.
coLab has created a new set of cleaning procedures that our employees and members are following.
We have a checklist of common areas, containing high-touch surfaces that will be cleaned and disinfected on a frequent schedule and after each use.
We are using health authority-recommended products that both clean and disinfect. Products are placed in easily accessible areas and are be available for use by all members.
Informational posters are mounted around the space containing information about cleaning procedures and instructions for employees and members.
coLab has implemented several measures to increase the rate at which the indoor air is purified of contaminants, including increased airflow and HEPA Air Purifiers.
We added a collection of plants throughout coLab. Plants are capable of absorbing several noxious compounds, including benzene and formaldehyde.
coLab controls access to its physical space to allow for appropriate social distancing.
Redistribution of Space
We reorganized the physical office space to help maintain physical distance between members. This included barriers and partitions to prevent members from coming into contact with each other’s droplets. We’ve also decreased the number of touchpoints in the space.
We schedule orientation sessions to explain in detail how to navigate the space. The session is mandatory for all coLab members and all coLab members are oriented on our Guidelines & Cleaning Procedures.
What we ask our members to do.
coLab members AND GUESTS are expected to wear a cloth face mask when they are in coLab common areas.
Do not, under any circumstances, come to coLab if you aren’t feeling well. Runny nose, chills, sore throat, fever, cough, you name it – stay at home for everyone’s sake or you will be asked to leave immediately.
When you first arrive at reception, sterilize your hands and then take your forehead temperature with the infrared thermometer provided. If your temperature is above 37.5 degrees Celsius, please go home immediately.
Please respect the restrictions on meeting room capacity. We ask that members not exceed meeting room occupancy limits.
Please wipe all surfaces after using a hot desk.
Use the available surface disinfectant on the table, chair back, and armrests.
Please wipe all surfaces after using a meeting room.
Use the appropriate cleaning products on the TV, whiteboard, tables, chairs, light switches, and door handles.
Wash your hands often with soap and water for 20 seconds.
Please wash your hands:
- When you arrive at coLab
- After using the washroom, blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing
- Before preparing food
- After you’ve been in a public place
Alternatively, you can use the alcohol-based hand sanitizer available in the wall-mounted dispensers around the coLab.
Maintain a social distance of 2 meters.
What Hasn’t Changed: Our Sense of Community
This is a challenging time for all of us. We recognize that these new measures may be an inconvenience and that some members may find the physical office space less useful or less efficient to navigate as a result.
But we’re doing these things for a very important reason: We care about our community.
As we move forward into our new normal, we must remember to prioritize the well-being of the people around us. We must rely on each other to make the right choices, and we must each make the right choices for those who rely on us.
What Comes Next
These measures will remain in place for the foreseeable future — that is, until there is either a widely-available vaccine or a highly effective treatment for COVID-19.
We are committed to a gradual reopening and will follow recommendations of our Public Health Officer, and we will continually monitor and reassess the situation as things change. We will make adjustments to health and safety measures as needed.
And finally, this should go without saying, but:
- If you’re sick – even with only mild symptoms — stay home.
- If a member of your household is sick, stay home.
- If you are immunocompromised or part of a high-risk group, stay home.
If you don’t think you can follow the guidelines, stay home.
Please send questions and feedback to [email protected]. Your opinion is important to us and we want to make sure you are comfortable working from coLab.