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Home About the Workers’ Compensation Appeal Tribunal (WCAT) WCAT’s COVID-19 response and communicable disease prevention plan

WCAT’s Safety Plan includes enhanced measures to improve personal safety and prevent any risk of exposure to COVID-19 and other communicable diseases. WCAT will continue to update this plan as we receive guidance from WorkSafeBC (as the regulator) and public health officials, like the BC Provincial Health OfficerBC Centre for Disease Control, and Public Health Agency of Canada.

Some of the measures we are taking include:

  • Oral hearings – scheduling oral hearing by video conference. WCAT will also consider requests for in person hearings.
  • Following the BC Public Service COVID-19 Vaccination Policy that defines the conditions and expectations that all staff of the BC Public Service be vaccinated and provide proof of vaccination
  • Ensuring staff perform daily health checks before coming to work and staying home when they are sick
  • Holding staff meetings using video conference
  • Educating staff on maintaining proper cleaning and hygiene practices in the office
  • Using screening protocols for visitors and contractors in the office

As we learn more about COVID-19 and other communicable diseases, the effectiveness of governments’ responses, and new innovative ways of working, WCAT will continue to adapt its approach, consistent with these principles, while keeping employees’ and clients’ safety as its top priority.

In-person hearings

If you are visiting WCAT for an in-person hearing, please review the following documents before attending your hearing:

In-Person Hearing Participant Information Sheet (PDF, 76KB)
Visitor Screening Form (PDF, 94KB)

If you answer “yes” to any of the questions, please do not attend your hearing. Instead, contact your appeal coordinator for information on how to proceed.