What happens when a patient has a communicable disease?
In the event of a confirmed communicable disease exposure on your unit or facility, the Infection Control department will contact the Provincial Workplace Health Contact Centre. They will provide notification of the event and collaborate with the Communicable Disease Exposure Management Nurses, Public Health and/or Medical Health Officers to manage the exposure.
How will I know If I need to take action?
If follow up is needed for employees, the managers of the affected departments will be notified by the Provincial Workplace Health Contact Centre. If a communicable disease exposure occurred on your unit:
- You will be sent a password protected notification email with the details regarding the exposure criteria for your employees. Due to confidentiality, the password, as well as the name and date of birth or the source person, will be provided over the phone to you.
- You will be asked to notify your employees that may meet the exposure criteria outlined in the email and to have these employees contact the Provincial Workplace Health Contact Centre.
For certain communicable diseases, there are prophylactic treatments that can be given to exposed employees. Often times, these prophylactic treatments can only be given within a certain time frame from the date of exposure. Therefore, you may be asked to notify exposed employees to contact us as soon as possible after an exposure.
In some cases recommendations for exposed employees need to be determined by the Medical Health Officer for the health authority prior to initiating contact with a department to provide direction on management of the exposure.
For inquiries or questions, please contact the Communicable Disease Exposure Management Nurse at 1-866-922-9464 (select Option 1) or email OHN@WHCallCentre.ca.
Collection, Use and Disclosure of Personal Information by Workplace Health to support the COVID-19 Pandemic Response
The COVID-19 pandemic response initiative requires an ability to track COVID-19 exposures and lab test results of health care workers (HCW). In response to this requirement, COVID-19 test results are tracked in the Workplace Health Indicator Tracking and Evaluation (WHITE) system. In an effort to reduce transmission, this information is used for COVID-19 contact tracing, exposure monitoring, coordination with Public Health and return to work planning.
As directed by the Ministry of Health, WHITE is used to collect and maintain records of immunization for all HCW, including members of medical staff. This tracking will include COVID-19 vaccinations, and the information is used to support health authority reporting at an individual HCW level, and provincial reporting at an aggregate level.
Workplace Health is authorized by the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (FIPPA), sections 26(c) and 27(1)(b), to collection your personal information; its subsequent use is authorized by sections 32(a) and 32(c).
Disclosure of your data to Workplace Health is authorized by FIPPA sections 33.1(1)(e), 33.2(a), and as it relates to COVID-19, by Ministerial Order No. M431 (in effect until May 31, 2021).
Safeguards are in place to protect data in WHITE from unauthorized access, collection, use, disclosure or disposal. Specifically, access to these databases, and to the collected data, is role-based and restricted to only those authorized personnel with a “need to know”.
If you have any questions regarding this privacy notification, including the collection of personal information, please contact:
Director, Information Access Privacy
200 - 1333 West Broadway
Vancouver, BC V6H 4C1