Covid-19 Drives Demand for Health and Safety Office

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Covid-19 Drives Demand for Health and Safety Office

May 12th, 2021 /

Covid-19 symptoms are checked before employees enter the building by a health and safety official. It is obvious that the Covid-19 pandemic has changed how we work, particularly in terms of safety at work. A range of protective equipment is required for every employee, including masks and temperature screening. Companies around the world are working hard to revise their workplace health and safety policies.

Some companies aren’t keeping up. Amazon warehouse workers have filed a lawsuit against the global retailer, alleging management failed to protect their safety and health during the outbreak.

As a result of the COVID-19 health crisis, thousands of lives and livelihoods have been transformed around the world. In addition to being short term, its effects are likely to be medium and long term. As a result of the severe health impacts, economic activity has declined sharply and labor markets have been upheaved.

Resources and Information You Can Trust

During a pandemic, misinformation and rumors may cause more fear and uncertainty. In light of changing circumstances, it is important to identify, share, and rely on trusted sources for all the latest information.

According to Rashtriya Technical Institute, the best resources to use are WHO, CDC, OSHA, and scientific medical journals, such as JAMA or PubMed.

By sharing information that discourages rumors and refutes erroneous information on the Internet, safety professionals can also assist their organizations in communicating effectively and accurately.

The WHO provides myth-busting infographics to employers and OSH professionals to aid in understanding the facts and making good decisions about workplace safety.

You can prepare for a pandemic by taking immediate action.

A pandemic plan should already be part of a business continuity plan for many organizations.

If your organization does not currently have a plan, Rashtriya Technical Institute recommends a checklist of actions:

  • Select positions that cross-trained staff covers to perform crucial functions.
  • People who get sick and cannot leave the workplace immediately should have a space designated for them.
  • Make sure there are at least three feet of space between people to ensure social distancing. Many ways are possible to accomplish this, such as allowing employees to work remotely, reducing or staggered work schedules, spacing employees farther apart, postponing non-essential meetings, or using email, conference calls, or online meetings.
  • The company must determine how to decide what trips are essential and which are not.
  • Consider whether your workplace’s pandemic plans might affect you. During a two-week school break, parents might require childcare or stay home to take care of their children.
  • If possible, consider providing on-site healthcare services or employee assistance programs via telephone or video conference.

Moreover, OSH professionals can assist organizations in identifying critical services that would need to continue if there were an outbreak and identify the risks associated with alternate processes, as well as whether training needs to be provided if employees are cross-trained in roles they had never performed before. The effects of sick leave on staffing must take the business into consideration, as well as work hours and fatigue.

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