Whats the COVID Vibe in the Office?
More than ever the office is becoming a scare for some employees but for others it continues as a day to day normal week; but something has changed? COVID 19 “The Pandemic of the 21st Century”. We are all learning quickly to change our workplace habits for the safety of all humans. Sounds like an easy task, right? Well, it comes with a lot of regulations and rules that we need to follow to combat this fast growing virus…we can do it! But first education for all employees is priority and helpful tips to keep our staff and families healthy, safe and compliant.
Questions and concerns for staff since the beginning of the year so having a simple “Tip Sheet” can be posted conspicuously in the workplace areas. Keep in mind these “Memos” can be emailed, texted and messaged so all employees can get the updates. Maybe you are thinking “I already have taking all precautions”; but have you? Have you missed something? Are all policies in place? Are you protecting your most valuable asset? Your employees.
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Per World Health Organization (WHO) here are the top public health and social concerns:
- Can COVID-19 be transmitted at the workplace? COVID-19 spreads primarily through respiratory droplets or contact with contaminated surfaces. Exposure can occur at the workplace, while travelling to work, during work-related travel to an area with local community transmission, as well as on the way to and from the workplace. SAFETY TIP: 6 feet apart
- What is the risk of contracting COVID-19 in the workplace? The risk of exposure to COVID-19 in the workplace depends on the likelihood of coming within 6 feet of others, in having frequent physical contact with people who may be infected with COVID-19, and through contact with contaminated surfaces and objects. SAFETY TIP: 6 feet apart
- Thermal testing of people entering a workplace? Temperature screening cannot detect all cases of COVID-19, since infected individuals may not have fever early in the course of infection or illness, such as during the incubation period or just before other symptoms begin, even though they may already be infectious. Some people may reduce fever with a fever-reducing medication if they are concerned about the possible consequences of not coming to work. Relying on temperature screening alone will not stop the spread of COVID-19 at work. Thermal screening at the workplace can be considered part of a package of measures to prevent and control COVID-19 at the workplace. Workers should be encouraged to self-monitor their health, possibly with the use of questionnaires, and take their own temperature regularly at home. Workplaces should adopt “stay at home if unwell” and flexible sick leave policies to discourage workers with symptoms consistent with COVID-19 from coming to the workplaces.
- Recommendation for workers wear masks at the workplace (office or others): Wearing masks depends on the risk assessment. For jobs and tasks that carry a medium or high risk, (see Enterprise Risk Management Articles) for people aged 60 and older, and for those with underlying health conditions, a medical mask and other personal protective equipment should be provided. Fabric masks or face coverings are currently recommended for younger people and those with no symptoms where physical distancing is not achievable. This prevents the spread of virus from the wearer (who could have COVID-19 but no symptoms) to others. The policy on wearing a mask or face covering in low risk workplaces should be in line with national or local guidelines. Masks may carry some risks if not used properly.
- What are the rights, duties and responsibilities of employers? Employers, workers, and their organizations should collaborate with health authorities to prevent and control COVID-19. Cooperation between management and workers and their representatives is essential for workplace‐related prevention measures. Labor standards on the rights and responsibilities of workers and employers in occupational safety and health should be fully respected. Employers, in consultation with workers and their representatives, should plan and implement measures to prevent and mitigate COVID-19 at the workplace through engineering and administrative controls, and provide personal protective equipment and clothing according to the risk assessment. Such measures should not involve any expenditure on the part of the workers. Special measures are needed to protect workers at higher risk of developing severe disease, such as those age 60 and over, or with underlying medical conditions, upon recommendation of the occupational health services. Workers in the informal economy and digital labor platforms, those in small enterprises, domestic and migrant workers should not be left behind in the protection of their health and safety at work and their livelihood. There should be no social stigma or discrimination at the workplace for any reason, including access to information and protection from COVID-19, occupational health services and mental health and psychosocial support. If COVID-19 is contracted through occupational exposure, it could be considered an occupational disease and, if so determined, should be reported and compensated according to the international labor standards and the national schemes for employment injury benefits.
Corporate Compliance during the COVID 19 Pandemic
This is the time that corporations, small business and private entities need consultation services to assess and make provisions for growth and development during all pre and post analytical phases in the business model. Now is the time that is crucial to have a plan to protect your assets and prepare for the upcoming year and tears to come. Contact our Team today!